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 info to improve your digital wellbeing. For example, you can set app timers and schedule display changes.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Set up Digital Wellbeing

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

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

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

Tip: 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 and 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 phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing and 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.
Tip: When you run out of time, the app closes and its icon dims. Keep in mind:
  • 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 Google Chrome

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 and 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.

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.

Limit how much time you spend on a website each day
  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing and 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

Schedule changes to get ready for sleep
  1. Open your phone's settings app.
  2. Go to Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
  3. Tap Bedtime mode.
  4. Choose how Bedtime mode turns on: 
    • Based on schedule: Set your start and end times and the days of the week. 
    • While charging at bedtime: Set 'After' and 'Before' times, and charge your phone during that time frame.
  5. Customise: When Bedtime mode is on, you can also turn on one or both of these settings. 
Tip: To quickly turn Bedtime mode on and off, you can add the mode in the Quick Settings panel. After Bedtime mode is on, you might find Grayscale in the panel too.Learn how to quickly change common settings.
Temporarily pause distracting apps
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing and parental controls and then Focus mode.
  3. Choose which apps that you want to pause. When Focus mode is on, you can't use these apps and won't get notifications from them.
  4. Use Focus mode when you want to avoid distractions.
    • To turn Focus mode on or off, at the top, tap Turn on now or Turn off now.
    • To have Focus mode turn on automatically, tap Set a schedule.
    • To temporarily unpause apps when Focus mode is on, tap Take a break and choose a time limit.

Tip: On some phones, you can add Focus mode to your Quick Settings. Learn about Quick Settings

Reduce interruptions

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

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