Take a break reminder

The take a break reminder lets you set a reminder to take a break while watching videos. The reminder will pause your video until you dismiss it or resume playing the video. This feature is available on versions 13.17+ of the YouTube app on mobile devices.

Note: For users aged 13-17 on YouTube, the take a break reminder is set to “On” by default. For users 18 or over, the default setting is “Off”. All users can change this setting at any time.

The take a break reminder is only available on mobile phones, not tablets. 

Set your take a break reminder:

  1. Tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Next to Remind me to take a break, tap the switch on or off
    • If switching to On, select your Reminder frequency and tap OK.
Tip: You can also set take a break reminders by tapping your profile picture and then Time Watched.

When you get a reminder, you can tap Dismiss to keep watching a video or tap Settings to edit the reminder frequency or turn the reminder on or off. 

Keep in mind:

  • The timer only runs while you’re watching videos online on your phone.
  • Pausing or closing a video will also pause the timer.
  • If you close the app, sign out, switch devices, or pause a video for more than 30 minutes, the timer will reset.
  • When watching offline videos or casting from your phone, the timer doesn't run.

 


 

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