YouTube has announced a new feature on Wednesday called bedtime reminders that will help people to automatically log off late at night. The new feature joins the platform’s existing “take a break” reminders, and both are included in the YouTube wellness and screen time tools released in 2018 as part of Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative.
With this feature, the primary goal of the company is to help users more responsibly use Google products. This is an issue that has drastically increased during the coronavirus pandemic as more and more people are using their time on their smartphones. YouTube says it’s sent 3 billion “take a break” reminders over the last two years.
With bedtime reminders, YouTube says you can set “specific times to stop watching videos and (you guessed it!) go to bed. You set start and end times in your Settings, including whether or not you want the prompt to interrupt a video or wait until the video is over. You’ll also be able to dismiss or snooze the reminder.”
As per the announcement, this feature will be available on its Android and iOS apps starting today, but it will likely take a few days to roll out to everyone.
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