New YouTube function indicates how much time you spend on it

Silhouettes of the users of mobile devices are see next to a screen projection of Youtube logo in this picture, image March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration – RC1502FFC0B0

Watch a lot of YouTube? There is now an easy way to see exactly how much time you spend watching videos on the Google-owned service—if you are brave enough to confront the truth.

YouTube now shows the amount of time that you have viewed today, yesterday, and the past seven days. It also shows a daily average. This new “time watched profile” is available for iOS and Android; to check it, log on to YouTube, tap on the Account icon, and then tap Time saw.

The function is an extension of the digital well-being initiative from Google, announced at its annual I/O developer conference in May to help consumers keep their tech habits in check.

As part of that initiative, YouTube already has a feature that allows you to set reminders to take a break.

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“Once you know how much time you’re spending in the app, you may want to set a limit,” YouTube Product Management Director Brian Marquardt wrote in a blog post. To do that, open the YouTube app, tap on Settings > General > Remind me to take a break, then you select a reminder frequency. Then, once you’ve reached that limit, a notification will pop up on your screen.

Another recently added feature to combine your daily YouTube push notifications in a “scheduled digest” that you receive at a time that you specify. To activate it, open the YouTube app, tap on your Account icon and go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Digest, and select your desired delivery time.

You can also disable the sounds and vibrations of YouTube notifications during specific time periods per day. To set that, open the YouTube app, tap on your Account icon and go to Settings > Notifications > turn Off sounds and vibration, and select the desired start time and end time.

Look for more digital welfare functions in the Android Pie this fall.

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