Digital Wellbeing prepares to let you set a Screen Time Goal
Earlier today, version 1.0.263733828.beta of the Digital Wellbeing app rolled out on the Google Play Store. The app provides a set of wellness tools to help you reduce how often you use your smartphone, and the latest update brought a “Focus Mode” toggle which lets you pause distracting apps so you can get more work done. Now, it seems that Google is preparing to add a new feature in Digital Wellbeing to let you set a “screen time goal.”
Screen Time Goals
According to the strings, this feature will let you set a goal for how long you would like to spend on your phone each day. If you set a goal of, say, 4 hours of screen on time each day, then you’ll see how often you go over or under this daily goal. Each week, you’ll even receive a notification for how well you met your goal.
<string name="remove_goal_button_text">Remove goal</string>\n<string name="remove_goal_dialog_cancel_button_text">Cancel</string>\n<string name="remove_goal_dialog_remove_button_text">Delete</string>\n<string name="remove_goal_dialog_title">Delete this goal?</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_above_average">%1$s more than your average</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_below_average">%1$s less than your average</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_details">"This goal should be the amount of time you'd like to spend on your phone each day."</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_equal_to_average">your average daily screen time</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_heading">Set your daily screen time goal</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_status_goal_exceeded">%1$s over your goal</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_status_goal_not_reached">%1$s under your goal</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_status_goal_reached">You hit your goal today</string>\n<string name="screen_time_goal_summary_notification_checkbox">Get weekly screen time notifications</string>
Huawei’s take on Digital Wellbeing, dubbed Digital Balance, offers a similar feature, but Digital Balance actually blocks you from using your phone once you’ve reached your limit. Google, on the other hand, seems to simply be encouraging you to use your phone less.
Removing Sites from Digital Wellbeing’s History
An earlier Digital Wellbeing beta added integration with Google Chrome, letting you see which sites you visit most often and also letting you set app timers on them. Any site you visit in Chrome (outside of those visited while in Incognito mode) gets logged in Wellbeing if you enable the integration, and if you wanted to remove a site from the list, you would have to disable the integration entirely in Chrome’s privacy settings. The latest update suggests you’ll be able to remove individual sites from Wellbeing’s dashboard, though doing so won’t remove the site from Chrome’s history.
<string name="remove_past_visits_description">"Your past visits to this site will be removed from Digital Wellbeing. Chrome history won't be cleared."</string>\n<string name="remove_past_visits_dialog_title">Remove past visits to this site?</string>\n<string name="remove_past_visits_positive_button_label">Remove</string>
If you want to get the latest beta update with Focus Mode, you can download the app from the Google Play Store. If you’re on Android Q, you can also use the new Chrome integration, so long as you aren’t on the stable channel since the feature hasn’t made its way there yet. The Family Link integration is also available since the previous update, in case you missed that news.
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