Digital wellbeing

Google’s Digital Wellbeing software is going to be a helpful, transparent tool. It will monitor your smartphone usage habits and will strike a healthier balance between tech and life. A number of Pixel owners have made a conclusion that it has the unwanted side effect of slowing down their device, over the last couple weeks.

When Digital Wellbeing is switched off, there’s a very active thread on Reddit right now that includes many reports of improved performance. According to some, the “night and day” difference is apparent almost immediately. Others do not agree with them and are less convinced that it’s anywhere near that drastic.

Well, slowing down the phone must not be one of the features of Digital Wellbeing. It runs in the background by design and logs the time you are spending in apps and also how much time you are spending in using a device in general. If you’re trying to make better choices and waste less time staring at a screen, this data can be hugely valuable.

When you have decided you want to avoid impulsively opening them, you can easily set app timers or you can turn the screen gray-scale to make your go-to apps seem less appealing at times.

But the idea otherwise could be is a little alarming, that Digital Wellbeing may be hindering Pixel phones from being as fast as they are. This will give people a clear reason to disable a resource they might otherwise find tremendously useful, if these user reports are accurate of speed and frame rate increasing.

The major new features of Android 9 Pie also includes Digital Wellbeing. It was debuting first on Pixel phones and now moving to Android One but it has still fairly small list of other devices. Google with a new Focus mode is all set to expand on it in Android Q.

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Will we are not getting any sense that an all-seeing background process like this might impact overall performance. Does it? But certainly t might be possible. Well, Google has been reached out by The verge to comment on whether it’s aware of any slowdown caused by Digital Wellbeing.

In the meantime, if you want to see for yourself, whether there are any noticeable improvements or not and you want to turn it off, even temporarily. You can do it following this procedudure or some steps:

  • You have to go to the setting of your phone.
  • In the setting, choose Digital wellbeing.
  • At the top right you will see a  three-dot icon, tap it and choose “Turn off usage access”
  • On the next “Usage access” screen by choosing Digital Wellbeing, confirm that decision and then toggling the “permit usage access” option to off.



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