Many of us pick up our smartphones multiple times a day to keep in touch with loved ones, watch YouTube videos, or endlessly scroll through our social media feeds.
No matter what we use it for, we’re likely to have a smartphone stuck to or near our hand at all times. Some might call it an addiction, while others might mention the fear of missing out on new notifications. If you think you’re spending too much time on your phone, Android has a built-in tool called Digital Wellbeing to help you get back on track.
The Digital Wellbeing app has been an integral part of the Android experience on many devices since 2019, so you may have come across it without even realizing it. If you want to check which apps are eating up your personal screen time, the Digital Wellbeing homepage is a great place to start.
For the purposes of this guide, some apps have been opened more times and used for longer than normal for demonstration purposes. The device usage statistics will vary for each person per day based on their habits and habits at any given time.
How to get to the Digital Wellbeing homepage on your Android phone
- open the settings app, then scroll down and tap Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls Section.
- Tap the three-dot menu at the top right, then tap Manage your data.
- daily use of the device Then press I open Settings.
- Digital Wellbeing Then activate Authorize access to use Selection.
- Use the back arrow or gesture to return to the home page.
This gives you an overview of how much time you’ve spent using each of your apps for the day, presented in a beautiful, easy-to-understand color chart. Clicking on the name of the application on the chart will give you more specific details about that individual application dashboard page.
You can see how much screen time the app has for the day or any previous day, which will give you a good idea of how often you’ve used it. Click on screen time The drop down menu also allows you to see how many notifications you have received from that app and how many times it has been opened.
You can also quickly see how many times you’ve unlocked your phone from the home screen. The Opens stat is interesting because it lets you know how many times you’ve picked up your phone – the total number can be shocking. Going back to your device unlocks from previous days can also help you spot patterns. You can then decide if you want to pick up your phone at a lower rate, which is a step in the right direction.
If you scroll down, you’ll see some additional options and features to help you customize Digital Wellbeing to suit your personal needs.
If you click on file dashboard This will take you to a new screen that will show you all the apps you have used at that time instead of a specific app. As before, you can browse past days and see how much screen time you’ve had.
When you find an app that requires a lot of screen time, you can tap Hourglass symbol on the right to set the application timer. The app will close after the timer expires and its icon will remain gray for the rest of the day. However, this is an honor system – there’s nothing stopping you from overriding the timer and reopening the app again. Doing so defeats the purpose of Digital Wellbeing, but the option is still there.
It is well documented that playing with our phones at bedtime can negatively affect our sleep cycles. Bedtime mode He tries to help curb this bad habit in various ways. To avoid interference, you can deactivate your device, and use grayscale An option to rest your eyes by reducing colors and deactivating the always-on display. You can even set a schedule, and it will automatically take care of itself from then on.
Some of your apps may send more notifications than others, which may prompt you to check your phone when it rings. These constant distractions can prevent you from completing certain tasks, such as work or other errands. You probably don’t want to permanently stop app notifications, just suspend them for the time being. focus mode It was designed for just such an occasion, allowing you to select and hide any number of annoying app notifications.
You can also use a file take a break Option to temporarily resume notifications for selected apps in focus mode. Once this timer expires, Focus Mode will reactivate, and you can then calmly continue working on the current task again.
Since smartphones are portable devices that we can use anywhere, it was only a matter of time before distracted walking became a thing. For example, getting around in traffic due to focusing on our smartphones has become a real problem today. It is dangerous for the person walking and for everyone around. So attention The feature was introduced in Digital Wellbeing to help prevent these incidents as much as possible. As noted by Google, this is only a tool and should not take the place of caring about your surroundings.
You can activate Show the icon in the list of applications The option is at the bottom for faster access to Digital Wellbeing. This adds the app’s icon to the app drawer, which you can then drag and drop to your home screen. Instead, Digital Wellbeing gives you instant, one-click access to your files dashboard the above feature.
With the power of Digital Wellbeing now at your fingertips, you can better manage your daily smartphone use. You should be the one in control of your device, not the other way around – it only becomes a problem if you allow it. So whether you have a smartphone addiction or are just looking to improve your productivity, knowing certain aspects of your device habits pays off in the long run.