Enable the “Take a Break Reminder” in YouTube App

Out of several measures recently announced by YouTube to aid users, one feature which garnered media attention was YouTube’s “take a break reminder” function, which allow users to set reminders to stop watching YouTube in time breaks of 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes. This seems like a wise move to prevent digital addiction.

Healthy usage of technology is a hot topic these days and I am glad to see giants actually doing something to support it. The smartphone’s screen might be huge and gorgeous, yet it continuously emits blue light which makes our brain overactive and besides that, we forget to take actually take a break and enjoy the beauty around us.

This time, the function acts as you can guess from its name: if a ‘Take a Break‘ reminder is set to 30 minutes then YouTube will ask you to stop watching and it won’t show the video unless you close the reminder. You can obviously ignore it and go on, but there will be times when you won’t want to do that.

As I’ve said it, the feature is now live and ready for use. You can set break reminders in the YouTube app by visiting Settings, so here’s how to set up the feature:

Enable the “Take a Break Reminder” in YouTube App:

  1. To activate YouTube Take a break notification, first download the latest version of the YouTube app on your Android;
  2. Next, open the app and tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner;
  3. Now, you need to go to Settings > General;
  4. Tap Remind me to take a break.
  5. At this point, you can set YouTube to alert you it’s break time every 15, 30, 60, 90 and 180 minutes. Currently, no custom time limit is supported.
  6. Going forward, you have to tap the time limit and you’re done.

When the time limit reaches, an alert will show up reminding you it’s time to take a break. When the alert shows up, you can either adjust the amount of time between interruptions or dismiss it and continue watching a video.

And this is not the first time a technology company has introduced measures to help with their user’s well being. Remember that Facebook also rolled out a new sleep mode on its Messenger Kids platform to give parents more control and to give kids a safer space to message and video chat with close friends and family members and this is just one example from the hundreds out there.

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