Manage how you spend time on your Android phone with Digital Wellbeing

On some phones, you can get info about how you spend time on your phone, like how often you unlock it and how long you use each app. You can use that information to improve your Digital Wellbeing. For example, you can set app timers and schedule display changes.

Tip: To find Digital Wellbeing as an app, open it in your Settings app and then turn on Show icon in the app list.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Set up Digital Wellbeing

The first time you open Digital Wellbeing, you need to set up your profile.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Under 'Your Digital Wellbeing tools', tap Show your data.

You can also manage a child’s account if you are the default parent account on their device. Learn about Family Link.

Manage your time in apps

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.
Find out how much time you spend in apps
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. The chart shows your phone use today. For more information, tap the chart. For example:
    • Screen time: Which apps you've had on screen and for how long
    • Unlocks: How often you've unlocked your phone and opened certain apps
    • Notifications: How many notifications you've received and from which apps
  4. To get more information or change app settings, tap a listed app.
Limit how much time you spend in an app each day

Important: Some work and school accounts might not work with app timers.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Tap the chart.
  4. Next to the app that you want to limit, tap Set timer App timer.
  5. Choose how much time you can spend in that app. Then, tap Set.

What happens when you run out of time

When you reach your limit, the app closes and its icon dims. Be mindful that:
  • App timers reset at midnight.
  • To use the app again before midnight, follow steps 1–4 above and delete the app timer.

Manage your time on the web

If you use the Chrome browser on your phone, you can see and manage the time that you spend on websites.
Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.
Find out how much time you spend on websites
  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Tap the chart And then Chrome Chrome.
    • If you don’t see it right away, tap Show all apps.
  4. Scroll and tap Show sites that you visit And then Show. You’ll find the websites that you visited and how much time you used them each day.
  5. To get more info about the time that you’ve spent on a site, tap it.

To hide the list of sites, tap Remove sites And then Remove.

Hide past site visits

To stop showing past visits to a website, tap the site on the list. At the bottom, tap Remove past visits And then Remove. If you go to the site in the future, it will show on the list again.

Don’t show time on websites

To hide the list of sites, tap Remove sites And then Remove.

Limit how much time you spend on a website each day
  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Tap the chart And then Chrome Chrome.
    • If you don’t see it right away, tap Show all apps.
  4. Next to the website that you want to limit, tap Set site timer App timer.
  5. Choose a time limit, then tap OK.

Reduce distractions when you want to disconnect

Make it easier to put down your phone

You can schedule changes to help you get ready for sleep, such as dimming your display and stopping notifications.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Scroll and tap Wind Down.
  4. Turn on Wind Down.
  5. Pick your options:
    • Start and end times. 
    • Turn on Grayscale. This removes your screen's colours.
    • Turn on Do Not DisturbLearn how to avoid interruptions.
    • Turn on Night Light. This makes it easier to see the screen in dim light. 

Tip: After you turn on Wind Down, you might find Grayscale in the Quick Setting panel. Find out how to quickly change common settings.

Reduce interruptions

You can change related options from your Digital Wellbeing settings. Learn how to:

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