Last year, with the unveiling of Android Pie, Google introduced a new productivity feature called the Digital Wellbeing. The service keeps track of the amount of time you spend staring at your phone’s screen, which apps you use, and which websites/apps dampen your productivity the most.
This year, with Android 10, Google improved upon their last year’s efforts by adding a couple of more members to the Digital Wellbeing family — Focus Mode and site timer. While the former helps you be more productive by silencing the most distracting apps on your smartphone, the latter allows you to keep track of the amount of time you’re spending on specific websites.
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Here is how to set up website blocker timer on your Android using Digital Wellbeing and the Chrome browser so that you can keep your habits in check.
First, download/update the Digital Wellbeing app from the Play Store on your Android 10 device.
Google is yet to hash out the finer details of the feature, so, you’ll need to be a Digital Wellbeing beta tester to unlock it. When you open the listing on the Play Store, you will get an option to become a beta tester. Tap on it and become a beta tester. Now, download the app so that you have the latest beta version.
Second, you’ll also need to download the Chrome Dev app (v78 and above) from the store. If and when version 78 is available for the stable Chrome or Chrome beta, you can use these apps too. Update [October 03, 2019]: Chrome beta for Android is now available as v78. So, you no longer need to use only the Chrome Dev app for this, you can now use the Chrome beta app too.
How to set a website timer
Upon downloading and installing the Chrome Dev app and the latest beta version of the Digital Wellbeing app, perform the steps below to set website timers on your Android device.
Part 1: Enable usage stats for Digital Wellbeing in Chrome Flags
Step 1: Type and look for chrome://flags in your address bar.
Step 2: On this page, search for Digital Wellbeing.
Step 3: Enable it.
Step 4: When prompted, restart Google Chrome Dev.
Part 2: Set the site timer in Digital Wellbeing app
After you’re done with that, return to Digital Wellbeing and complete the process.
Step 1: Go to Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
Step 3: Go to Dashboard.
Step 4: Under Chrome Dev, tap on the tab saying Show sites that you visit.
Step 5: Allow Digital Wellbeing to read your browsing data (does not contain incognito browsing).
Step 6: After the sites are revealed, tap on the hourglass icon on the right.
Step 7: Set timer.
Step 8: The app will show the remaining time for the website right next to the site’s name. After the timer runs out, you’ll be thrown out of the website, thus keeping you from overusing addictive sites.
What are your thoughts on website timers?