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Digital Wellbeing goes into public beta on the Play Store

Android Pie is ready to look after your digital health, but only if you let it. The suite of features that were announced as part of Digital Wellbeing at I/O 2018 finally came to life when Pie 9.0 was released earlier this week, but you had to sign up for them, wait for an email, and then join the beta to get them on your device. Now, the process is much faster.

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Hands on with Android 9 Pie's Digital Wellbeing: Phone control for those without self-control

As they say, "If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything." Most of us probably don't realize that there's more to the subject than just diet and exercise, and how we use our phones can have an impact, too. Once upon a time, our work/life balance was separated by real, physical distance, but thanks to the magic of mobile phones, we can all carry our work home with us in the form of life-interrupting notifications. That's not to mention social media's constant dopamine drip, which keeps us all scrolling like zombies and wasting away the best years of our life envying the lives of Instagram "influencers," or learning random, pointless facts from Reddit.

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Facebook announces tools to help you use its apps less

In June, we found out that Facebook was developing tools to help users limit use of its social media platforms. The feature was spotted in an incomplete form in the Facebook app, and a Facebook representative confirmed that tools were coming to both Facebook and Instagram in the near future. Now, Facebook has formally announced the new features, which will be "rolling out soon."

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Facebook is developing a tool to show you how much time you're wasting on Facebook

We spend a crazy amount of time looking at our phones. Tech companies seem increasingly aware of this, as many have started introducing tools to help us track and manage the time we spend with technology. Now Facebook is jumping on the bandwagon: the social network is crafting a time-management feature it's calling "Your Time on Facebook."

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YouTube break reminders get more granular frequency selector

As digital wellbeing becomes an ever more popular subject among consumers, tech giants such as Google have no choice but to increase their focus on the healthy use of our various gadgets. Android itself is getting its own suite of features to help battle smartphone addiction later this year, and the YouTube app already has a setting that reminds you to take a break.

Since its introduction last month, it's only been possible to set these break reminders for predetermined intervals — 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes — but this is changing to give us greater control. We now get the ability to choose a specific reminder frequency in hours and minutes.

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Android Dashboard, App Timer, Wind Down, and new Do Not Disturb features will help look after your digital wellbeing

You would think that Google wants you on your phone as much as possible. That's where it can sell you ads and services in order to make money — that's its bread and butter. Yet Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a surprising announcement at Google I/O today. Upcoming new features in Android are going to help you get away from your phone and spend more time by yourself or with your family.

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