Thursday, 13 December, 2018

YouTube 'Take a Break' Feature Rolling Out on Android Devices

Theresa Hayes | 13 May, 2018, 01:35

Using Android P, Google will unveil a great deal of new function under the Digital Wellbeing initiative.

YouTube has a new feature in its Android app that gives you subtle reminders to take a break from watching videos if you're wasting the day away on the app, and this is how you can turn it on. Users will be allowed to set proper timing of exploring the platform.

If you are an Android user and don't see this feature yet, make sure you are using the latest version of YouTube by updating it from the Play Store.

The YouTube Take a Break feature is available on the mobile app Setting screen. The reminder frequency can be set for every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 180 minutes.

YouTube also has a "time watched profile" in the line which is said to provide an insight to the users about their viewing habits. This won't close the app or pause the video, though, and it's up to you whether or not you will continue procrastinating. So whenever yo want to set a reminder to stop watching the YouTube's videos, you can go to the Settings option and can set the reminder as per your requirements. Once you select this feature, you would see a number of timers on the page. It's actually a simple reminder, which you can customize, telling you that you should take a break from watching videos on the platform. Notably, the setting is optional and switched off by default. The Take a rest feature could be accessed by heading to options General, and also the notifications feature can be found at options Notifications.

Like we already said, this feature is now only rolling out to Android users, but it should be rolled out for iOS users soon.

There are also two more attributes in the YouTube notifications menu.