How to Set App Time Limits on Android with Digital Wellbeing

While smartphones are useful tools, they can also be highly distracting, and in a lot of cases could cause issues with productivity, sleep cycles, and a lot more. To help solve that, Google introduced Digital Wellbeing in Android 9 Pie, and it’s actually very helpful for users if you know how to use it right. With Digital Wellbeing, you can get an overview of your phone usage through out the day, and you can even set app limits to control how much time you spend on apps that might be hindering your productivity. So, if you’re wondering how to use Digital Wellbeing to help control smartphone usage, here’s how to set app limits in Digital Wellbeing.

Note: I’m demonstrating this on the Galaxy S10’s Digital Wellbeing feature. However, the process is almost the same on other Digital Wellbeing implementations as well, including what you’ll find on a Pixel smartphone running Android 9 Pie.

How to Set App Time Limits in Digital Wellbeing

Setting app limits in Digital Wellbeing is fairly straightforward. However, I’ll be explaining the entire process step-by-step:

  • Open Digital Wellbeing, and tap on “Dashboard“. Here, find the app that you want to set an app timer on. For this tutorial, we’ll put a timer on Twitter. Tap on the Twitter app.

how to set app time limits on android step 1

  • Here, tap on “App timer” and then select the time limit you want to set on Twitter. I’ll be setting an app limit of 1 hour on Twitter.

how to set app time limits on android step 2

That’s it, you’ve successfully set an app timer on Twitter and once your 1 hour (or whatever time you set) has been exhausted, the Twitter icon will be greyed out in your app drawer, home screen, and anywhere else you’ve kept the Twitter icon for easy access. Tapping on the Twitter icon will simply tell you that you’ve exhausted the time limit for using Twitter.

Use Digital Wellbeing App Timers to Control Smartphone Usage

Digital Wellbeing is a handy tool that lets you control your smartphone usage, and helps ensure that you don’t spend too much time on apps that might be distracting you. You can set app limits on any app that you want. So if you find yourself playing PUBG Mobile too often, you can set a 1 hour time limit (or a time limit that seems reasonable to you) on the game and once that time has expired, your phone will actively discourage you from opening it and playing it even more.

So, do you use Digital Wellbeing on your phone? Let us know in the comments down below.

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