Just “take a break” using this feature on YouTube

Whom are we kidding; we actually can’t stop after watching one video on YouTube, especially when there are so many suggestions and alternative videos offered to the viewers. The result: adverse effect on eyes and the overall health. So to ensure that their users maintain a balance between their well-being and the binge screen time, the YouTube app has rolled out a new feature, wherein the users can take a break from watching videos.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The feature is available on both iOS and Android, so first make sure you have  the latest version of YouTube app on the device.
  2. Once you download the latest version, tap your profile picture in top right corner followed by Settings.
  3. On the screen you will see a “remind me to take a break” option at the top. I am an Android user and need to select General before tapping the required option.
  4. Among the various preset options ( Never, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 180 minutes) you can chose the time limit when you need to be reminded to take a break.

The video will pause at your chosen time limit and  allows you to rest. Now either  the reminder can be dismissed which allows you to continue watch video or  you can adjust the amount of time between interruptions.

The update also has new features called ‘Scheduled Digest’ that lets users get all of their notification once a day at a particular time and ‘Disable sounds & vibrations’ which let the user disable all notification sounds from the YouTube for a set amount of time.



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