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.

Tip: To find Digital Wellbeing as an app, open in it 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 info, tap the chart. For example:
    • Screen time: What 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 gotten and from which apps
  4. To get more info 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 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. 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.

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, like 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 colors.
    • 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. Learn 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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