YouTube on Monday started rolling out a new feature that shows how long you've seen today, yesterday, and over the past seven days. It also shows a daily average. The feature is an extension of the digital wellness initiative Google announced in May.
Watch a lot of YouTube? Now, it's an easy way to see exactly how much time you spend watching videos on the Google-owned service if you're brave enough to confront the truth.
YouTube now shows how long you've seen today, yesterday, and the last seven days. It also shows a daily average. This new "Time Watched Profile" is available on iOS and Android; To check it, sign in to YouTube, tap the Account icon, and then click Time watched.
The feature is an extension of the digital wellness initiative Google announced at its annual I / O developer conference in May to help consumers keep their technology habits habits.
As part of this initiative, YouTube has already introduced a feature that lets you set reminders to take a break.
"When you know how much time you spend in the app, you may want to set a limit," wrote YouTube Product Management Director Brian Marquardt in a blog post. To do so, open the YouTube app, touch Settings> General> Remind me to take a break, then select your reminder rate. So once you've reached that limit, an alert will appear on the screen.
Another recently added feature combines all of your daily YouTube push notifications to a "scheduled digestion" that you receive at a time you specify. To enable it, open the YouTube app, tap the Account icon, and go to Settings> Alerts> Scheduled digestion and select the desired delivery time.
You can also disable sounds and vibrations from YouTube alerts during certain time periods each day. To set it up, open the YouTube app, tap the Account icon, and go to Settings> Alerts> Disable sounds and vibrations, and select the desired start and end time.
Look for more digital wellness features in Android Pie this autumn.