YouTube Take a Break Feature Rolls Out For iOS and Android

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

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


YouTube Bringing Picture-in-Picture to Desktop

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If you can’t keep up with all your favourite videos and subscribed channels on YouTube, here’s some possible good news.

The leading video sharing website in now testing the picture-in-picture (Pip) mode for their website. If you’re not sure what this means, it basically allows you to watch videos that are currently playing even when you scroll down your screen. With PiP mode, the video you’re watching will be minimised to a “sizeable” size at the bottom right of your screen while you continue to browse your feed or search for other videos that you want to watch.

Sounds familiar now? Perhaps because you’ve already seen and used this feature in YouTube’s mobile app. If you’re a fan of social media, you might have also seen this on Facebook.

In a report in 9to5Google, users will be able to have some control over the videos including play/pause, replay or watch the next video in the PiP mode. The name or title of the video will be displayed at the bottom of the video and a full playlist is accessible through a button in the bottom-right corner.

It is important to note that this feature might only be available to YouTube Red subscribers and it is also unclear for now whether similar to the app, the picture-in-picture mode will be enabled by default or users will have the freedom to turn it on or off.

If this indeed gets rolled out to everyone, including non-YouTube Red subscribers, it will be quite helpful and convenient since most people are queuing their songs by having several tabs open.

This news comes in the wake of rumors about a new music subscription from YouTube and Google music. Let’s wait and see if this new feature that they’re currently testing is connected to that service. Our thoughts? Most likely!


YouTube updates its app for Android

Google’s annual conference has seen its fair share of spotlight. Unfortunately for some of their services, they were overshadowed by some announcements.

One particular thing that others seem to overshadow is the update on the Android app of YouTube.

The update basically enables the YouTube app to automatically download videos that thinks you might want to watch. The app does this whenever you are connected to a WiFi Hotspot.

Will this result to member frenzy or will members be outraged due to the automatic downloading?

YouTube will base their decision on what to download to your browsing habits and the channels that you are subscribed to.

The downloaded videos will be placed in a small green arrow in the corner of the Facebook app. Members can only opt to place the downloaded videos at the “watch it later” list of your account.

YouTube says that the company is working on updates for non-Android platforms. They are hoping that they can bring this update across all platforms.

Will this feature be a right move for YouTube? How about those individuals who do not want for YouTube to automatically download videos for them?

We shall soon see what the majority thinks of this update.

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