YouTube Take a Break Feature Rolls Out For iOS and Android

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The latest update for the YouTube app lets users set reminders to take a break from using the app.

YouTube Take A Break Reminder

YouTube is pushing for a balanced technology life with its latest app update. Users can now set a reminder for themselves to take a break from a YouTube video binge session. This is part of Android’s Digital Wellness project announced at Google I/0.

Is this feature necessary? Unfortunately, it is to some users. Is it sad that it actually has come to a point where we need notifications of this kind? Again, unfortunately, yes. The ease of access to the internet sites such as YouTube can sometimes cause people to spend hours watching videos, including me.

The YouTube Take a Break feature allows users to schedule custom breaks for them to step away from their online binge. It is accessible on the mobile app Setting screen and can be se to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes.

Once an option is selected, YouTube will pause the videos at those intervals. A user can choose to dismiss the notification to continue watching or close the app. By default, this setting is switched off.

Ready to use it? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to turn it on:

  1. Go to the user profile icon at the top right corner of your app
  2. Click Settings and choose Remind Me To Take a Break
  3. A drop-down menu will appear with the time intervals available for you to choose from