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.” You can change this setting at any time.
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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 to 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. You can tap Settings to edit the reminder frequency or turn the reminder on or off. 

Keep in mind:

  • 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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