YouTube is letting you see how much time you're spending on the app

  • YouTube is launching a new feature on their iOS and Android devices that will show users how much time they’e spent on the platform. 

    “Our goal is to provide a better understanding of time spent on YouTube, so you can make informed decisions about how you want YouTube to best fit into your life,” the company wrote in a blog post. 

    YouTube Music and YouTube TV will not count towards your “time watched”. 

    Users will be able to see how much time they’ve spent watching videos that day, the previous day, and over the last week on their account menu.

    The feature has been rolled out to users to “better understand their tech usage, focus on what matters most and disconnect when needed.” 

    Other features include reminders to take breaks when a user has watched a significant amount of video, and the option to condense all notifications into a once-per-day “digest”, rather than on a per-notification basis.  

    Furthermore, according to The Verge, the site now silences notifications between 10pm and 8am by default, meaning the phone won’t vibrate or make a sound. This feature can be disabled or adjusted to a different timeframe. 


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