One of Google’s areas of focus this year has been “Digital Wellbeing.” They announced tools with Android Pie that allow users to get a better idea of how they use their devices. It includes stats for app usage, screen unlocks, screen time, and more. These tools are invaluable if you’re worried about how much time you spend on devices, so now Google is rolling them out to more than phones.
“Downtime” and “Filters” are two of the best Digital Wellbeing tools and they will be available on the Google Home Hub. Downtime is essentially “Do Not Disturb” with more options, such as grayscale. On the Home Hub, Downtime shuts down all features other than critical things like alarms. Your kid won’t be able to ask for knock-knock jokes when they should be sleeping. Filters are great for parents. It provides controls for explicit music and YouTube videos, as well as the ability to restrict Google Assistant responses.
Google Home Hub isn’t the only product getting more Digital Wellbeing features. Phones will be able to use Assistant to access Digital Wellbeing tools. You can use your voice to turn on Downtime or ask how much you have used your phone that day. If you use Digital Wellbeing, this should make it even easier.
Pixel users on Android Pie can use Digital Wellbeing, as well as OnePlus 6 and Essential Phone users (with some work). Try it out today and you may be surprised to see how much time you spend on your phone. Look for these features to roll out “Soon.”