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YouTube Tools Now Show ‘Time Spent’ On Watching Videos And More

Digital Wellbeing tools that was first introduced at the Google I/O 2018 are now available in one dashboard, alongside a personal “time watched profile.”

The idea is to help people take charge of their tech usage, focus on what matters most and disconnect when needed more effectively.

“Our goal is to provide a better understanding of time spent on YouTube, so you can make informed decisions about how you want YouTube to best fit into your life,” Google stated.

In a post last week, Director of Product Management at YouTube, shared tips and tricks to help users get started with their digital wellbeing:

Know How Much You Watch

To offer users a better understanding of how much they actually watch, YouTube is rolling out a new profile that tells them how long they’ve watched YouTube videos today, yesterday, and over the past seven days.

The profile is built and is accessible from the account men. A screenshot below shows the new profile:

YouTube Know Watch Time

Remind For A Break

In addition to knowing the watch time, users are now able to set up a limit to their watch time. Once, the limit is hit, a friendly reminder will pop up on the screen reminding them to take a break. Set up a reminder under settings by picking up the amount of time to spent on YouTube.

“It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun, which is why we’ll help you set up a reminder to take a break,” Marquardt wrote.

A screenshot below shows the friendly reminder pop up:

YouTube Break Reminder

One Notification A Day

If you want to control on notifications, YouTube now allow users bundle all their push notifications into one single notification per day to be received at a specific time. To do so, go settings and select when they’d like to receive the notification digest.

Disable Notification Sounds And Vibrations

To get disconnected almost entirely, users can now set up to receive all notifications without sound and vibration at specific time of the day i.e. between 10pm and 8am. Also, users can enable sounds and vibrations, or customize the start and end time in the settings.

Screenshots below shows notification digest and disable sound and vibration:

YouTube Notification Digest YouTube Disable Notfiction Sound and Vibration


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