We all know how Google always wants to be your big brother on the internet—one that always wants to protect your “interest.” I had to check to be very sure of the information when I saw it, but it is actually true—YouTube actually wants to allow you to take advantage of its latest tools that reminds you to limit your viewing.
The new tools will allow you to set limits on your viewing. In other words, you will receive reminders telling you to consider taking a break from watching videos. The feature will be rolling out soon in the latest version of the YouTube app.
Also, the app will be rolling out new tools that will give you an overview of your binge behavior so you can make highly-informed decisions about your viewing habits.
Whether you consider yourself a power user or just like watching videos from time to time, we want to help everyone better understand their tech usage, disconnect when needed, and create healthy habits.
The tool is called “Take a break reminder,” and will become available to users in the coming days. You can set a reminder to take a break while watching videos. You can set the reminder to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, and your video will pause at that interval until you dismiss it or resume playing the video. The feature is set to “off” by default and will have to be activated or enabled in your Settings.
To set the Take a break reminder, simply do the following: tap your account setting icon, tap Settings, tap General, tap Remind me to take a break, and select your Reminder frequency.
Also rolling out along with the take a break reminder is a new tool called Time watched profile. Though, not yet launched, the new feature will give you a better understanding of the time you spend on YouTube. The tool will be found in your Account menu, and will include information such as daily average watch time and how long you have been watched YouTube videos today, yesterday and in the last seven days. The feature will also include tools for users that will enable you to manage your watching habits.
One feature that virtually everyone using the YouTube app will love is the one that lets you disable notification sounds. You will be able to disable notification sounds during specific time period of the day—between 10 pm and 8 am daily. By default, you can disable notification sounds between 10 pm and 8 am every day, but will be able to adjust the time to suit you.
About a month ago, YouTube rolled out Autoplay Home, a feature that automatically plays video as you browse through your Home feed. The video that auto-starts is often the one that is closest to the top of your screen. You will be able to see the thumbnail, but a second spinning loading indicator will appear to the left of the video duration label in the bottom-right corner.