Android users can now set up YouTube to remind them to take a break from watching videos

Back in the good old days, parents used to complain about their kids sitting and watching television for hours at a time instead of enjoying the sunshine and fresh air outdoors. Thanks to mobile technology, kids can now be outdoors and still watch a screen, albeit the smaller ones on their phones or tablets. And Google has decided to take over for the parents when they are not around thanks to its new "Digital Wellbeing" initiative introduced this past week at Google I/O. Some of these features will be part of Android P, while others will be found in some of Google's apps.

Once such app where this might be considered a necessity is YouTube. Kids and even adults have spent countless hours watching video after video after video. Unless you are binge watching PhoneArena reviews, the constant viewing of streaming video could rot your brain. How many times can you learn how Burger Chef failed, or watch Chris Chambliss' 1976 pennant winning homer for the Yankees, or even replay Ray Allen's miracle 3-pointer that helped LeBron win his second title with the Heat.

So right now, if you have an Android device, you can set up YouTube to remind you that there are other things in life besides watching streaming videos. Open the YouTube app and click on your image in the top right corner. Once that is done, go to Settings > General > Remind me to take a break. You will get to set the frequency of the reminders from "Never" to as long as 180 minutes (or 3 hours). There are various time options in between (see the screenshot at right). If you don't see this option on your version of YouTube right now, there is no need to panic. This feature has just started rolling out now and should be available for your phone very soon.

The big question is whether you will actually heed the warning on the screen. After all, how many times did you ignore your parents and continue to watch your favorite television shows all day?

source: AndroidGuys



1. lmao2016

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

This B's and I still can't do dark theme

2. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

see that's why you should switch to iOS. I already have the dark theme and my phone runs lag free.

4. fyah_king unregistered

How come my wife’s 8 plus lags here and there? The screen doesn’t even respond too. Tell me why it’s not perfect like yours?

8. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

cause I bought an authentic one lol. I've had the iphone 8 eversince it went on sale last year and coming from an LG G4, the iphone 8 has been the most pleasant smartphone I have ever had. It doesn't lag once, it runs smoothly all the time without any glitches. Get that phone inspected at an apple store. You'll still under warranty.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Meh, If you really need dark theme for youtube, substratum can do that since long time ago... Heck, it can even make system wide dark theme on android, and tons of popular apps.. If you total fans of dark themed phone, get android..


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

People literally offered features to remind them to take a break from technology... How did it come to this?

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just like how people set alarm to take a break from sleep, game, or work.. Sometime people lost their sense of time when they do something they like, and it's just one of that case.

7. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Too many social justice warriors working for Google...

9. Metropolis75

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

So we need technology to tell us to take a break from technology?

10. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

can you not be an ass and partial to f**king IOS ? you do all this bits of features for what ? We in general wants Dark Mode first not these craps. Get it in your head youtube !!

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