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With many of us at home, it can be especially hard to stick to your routine, and it's more important than ever to set boundaries to help manage how much time you're spending online. 

In 2018, we launched a suite of features to help manage your time on YouTube, including setting a reminder to take a break. Since we introduced this feature, we've sent more than 3 billion take a break reminders, and today we're expanding these tools and launching bedtime reminders,  so you can set times to be prompted to go to bed and better manage your sleep schedule.

Bedtime reminders let you set reminders at specific times to stop watching videos and (you guessed it!) go to bed. You set start and end times in your Settings, including whether or not you want the prompt to interrupt a video or wait until the video is over. You’ll also be able to dismiss or snooze the reminder. This feature is available starting today on Android and iPhone devices and will roll out to all users in the next few days. Here’s how to turn on / off in your Settings.

As a reminder here's a recap of other related features to help with your digital wellbeing:

  • Time watched profile: This feature gives you a better understanding of the time you spend on YouTube. Your time watched profile includes your daily average watch time and how long you’ve watched YouTube videos today, yesterday and over the past 7 days, along with a full suite of tools for users who want to manage their watching habits. More details here.
  • Take a break reminder: This feature lets you set a reminder to take a break while watching videos. Just set the reminder to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, and your video will pause at that interval until you dismiss it or resume playing the video. This feature is “off” by default and can be enabled/disabled and adjusted in your Settings. Check out these instructions.
  • Scheduled notification digest: This feature allows you to combine all of the daily push notifications you receive from the YouTube app into a single combined notification. Just set a specific time to receive your scheduled digest and from then on you’ll only receive one notification per day. The scheduled digest is “off” by default and can be turned off/on in Settings with these steps.
  • Note: With the scheduled digest, you’ll still receive all of your notifications. It combines all push notifications including live streams, upload and comment notifications. By enabling this feature, you may not see a live stream until after it has ended. 
  • Disable notification sounds and vibrations: This feature ensures that notifications from the YouTube app are sent silently to your phone during a specified time period each day. By default, all sounds and vibrations will be disabled between 10pm and 8am, but you can enable/disable the feature and customize the start and end times from your Settings

Every single person uses YouTube differently. Some of us use it to learn new things, while others use it when they need a laugh or to stay in touch with their favorite creators. Whether you consider yourself a power user or just like watching videos from time to time, we want to help everyone better understand their tech usage, disconnect when needed, and create healthy habits. We hope all of these features help you do just that! 

And as always, your feedback is critical to helping us improve the product. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments below and you can submit feedback in the app at any time by tapping on your Account icon and then the “Send Feedback” button.  

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@Sarah (TeamYouTube) When can I disable the skip video buttons in the video player on the mobile app? I like to use the double tap to skip 10 seconds feature, but often I find myself accidentally tapping on one of those buttons instead, and I end up accidentally switching to a different video. Afterwards, I have to reload the original video, wait for it to buffer, and then find the spot in the video where I left off. I find the skip video buttons to be very annoying, and I don't think anybody has ever deliberately used those buttons. The functions I find more useful are the double tap to seek video functions, which I'm sure people use way more than the skip video buttons. Please fix the mobile app! The skip video buttons are very counterproductive!
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