Google to roll out ''Take a Break'' feature for YouTubers

Joanna Estrada
May 12, 2018

At Google IO 2018, the search giant had announced a Wellbeing initiative to help users understand their digital habits and curb device addiction. Video streaming platform YouTube is also a region of the initiative, under that users are going to be able to schedule customized breaks to step off in their online lives for a short time. Today, the new version of the YouTube mobile app started rolling out, which added some features in keeping with this new theme.

After the update is downloaded, YouTube users can go into the app's settings, and then the "General" menu selection. The reminder frequency can be set for every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 180 minutes.

Google has rolled out a new series of controls that will allow YouTube users to set limits on their video viewing, and help them set "Take a Break" reminder from browsing the channels for too long, a media report said. You can choose to either take a break and go see how the outside world looks, or decide to hit the blue-colored "Dismiss" button and continue with your binge-watching sessions. Notably, the setting is optional and switched off by default. One of the alternatives termed "Disable sounds & vibrations" can enable you to disable all telling noises from the YouTube to get Android app to get a specific period of time. The other new feature is called "Scheduled Digest" that lets users get all of their notification once a day at a particular time.

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

This "take a break" feature does exactly what it sounds like.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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