Using Android’s Digital Wellbeing Settings

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In an era when we’re spending more time online than ever before, digital wellbeing has emerged as a key concern for many of us. With its Digital Wellbeing dashboard, Google gives Android users the means to get the right balance in how they use their smartphones. Digital Wellbeing gives you controls and features to manage how you use your device.

The Digital Wellbeing dashboard gives you a complete picture of your digital habits, so you can disconnect when you need to. You can see how much time you’ve spent in apps, how many times you’ve unlocked your device and how many notifications you received in a day. 

Alcatel looks at how you can get the most from these options and features. Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up.

Setting up Digital Wellbeing

Look for Digital Wellbeing in your Settings app, open it, and then turn on Show icon in the app list. You will be prompted to set up a profile the first time you use Digital Wellbeing.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
  • Under “Your Digital Wellbeing tools,” tap Show your data.

You can also manage your children’s accounts if you are the default parent account on their device.

Manage your time in apps

With digital wellbeing, you can easily find out which apps you have used and for how long; how often you’ve unlocked your phone and opened certain apps; and how many notifications you’ve gotten and from which apps.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
  • The chart shows your phone use each day. You can tap the chart to learn more.
  • To get more info or change app settings, tap a listed app.
  • Set up bedtime mode

You can use bedtime mode to reduce the temptation to play with your phone at bedtime.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Go to Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
  • Tap Bedtime mode.
  • Set up Bedtime mode.

You can set Bedtime mode to start and end at different times on the various days of the week. Or you can set it to start when your phone is charging. The phone turns your screen to grayscale and silences notifications with Do Not Disturb.

Use focus mode

Getting distracted by social media or an addictive game when you should be working, sleeping or studying? Choose which apps you want to pause. When Focus mode is on, you can’t use these apps and won’t get notifications from them.

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Digital Wellbeing, then parental controls à Focus mode.
  • Choose which apps you want to pause.
  • To turn Focus mode on or off, at the top, tap Turn on now or Turn off now.
  • To have Focus mode turn on automatically, tap Set a schedule.
  • To temporarily un-pause apps when Focus mode is on, tap Take a break and choose.