Pixel handsets will soon receive an update to make the phones run faster

Pixel handsets will soon receive an update to make the phones run faster
Earlier this month there was talk that the Digital Wellbeing feature was causing Google's Pixel handsets to slow down. Digital Wellbeing is an application that measures how much time a user spends on each app every day, and how many times he or she unlocked the phone and received a notification. The information gleaned from it is supposed to be used to prevent smartphone addiction. Many Pixel users swear that when they disabled Digital Wellbeing, their Pixel perked up.

But Google announced today that it had conducted "a thorough analysis" and found no issues with the Digital Wellbeing app. In other words, those who disabled the feature and found that their Pixel was more responsive as a result, might have been seeing things according to the company. However, during its investigation, Google says that it discovered other issues not related to the bug reports that could be fixed in order to improve the performance of the Pixel line. Those changes are being included in an update that will be disseminated by Google shortly.

Despite the analysis that Google conducted, there are some Pixel users who swear that turning off Digital Wellbeing made their phone run better. For example, one poster on Reddit said that his Pixel 2 gained 1 to 1.5 hours of screen time after disabling the application. Many others also disagreed with Google and posted stories about how their phone is now faster, and smoother with Digital Wellbeing sidelined. And these aren't just owners of older Pixel models; some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners have reported the same thing.

If you disable Digital Wellbeing, it can always be turned back on

And it isn't just Pixel owners who say that once they disabled Digital Wellbeing, their phone woke up from a coma. The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup apparently will provide users with longer battery life and improved performance with the app disabled.

So Pixel owners should be on the lookout for the update from Google that will make their device run better. We wouldn't be surprised to see Google include it with the June update, which should start rolling out in just a matter of days. The Pixel Update Bulletin will hopefully reveal what the issues were that needed to be fixed after being discovered by Google.

Digital Wellbeing and Apple's Screen Time were both launched last year in response to growing fears over smartphone addiction. Both features can be used to limit the time that children (and even adults) can spend on certain apps each day. For some kids, especially those who are checking their social media accounts every few minutes, capping their smartphone use might be helpful. Last summer, The New York Times published a story about a 14-year old girl who used the iOS Screen Time feature to cut her iPhone usage in half over three weeks.

If you're not concerned about getting hooked to your Pixel or Galaxy S10, or you are anyway but don't care, you still might want to disable Digital Wellbeing and decide for yourself whether doing so makes your phone run faster. You can always turn the feature back on.



1. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Your phone addiction is making your phone slower. LOL

2. Venom

Posts: 3676; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No slowdowns on my 3A so far and I have been watching videos nonstop on it.

3. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Me either, only noticed maps running sluggish once! I guess more performance is always welcome

5. bigstrudel

Posts: 604; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

You poor soul don’t you have a TV with Youtube or know how to cast? Pleb.

4. rhl21

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2019

i am getting 1+ hour on my 3A after turning it off

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