Googles New Feature That Helps to Resist App Addiction

Google’s New Feature That Helps to Resist App Addiction

August 29, 2019

If your apps are sucking up too much of your time, you can outsource some self-discipline. Focus Mode is a new feature, announced in May, that brushes aside distracting apps, maybe for you, it is Facebook, YouTube or Instagram, while you mentally dive into what you need to do, by applying a timer that retains you from accessing certain apps for a set amount of time. When the time’s up, Google will unpause the app.

Focus Mode is Google’s latest feature meant to promote something it calls digital health. It builds off Wind Down mode, a part of Android’s Digital Wellbeing function set that turns the screen to grayscale in case you schedule it to every night or manually turn it on. The thought is to make the screen less compelling to take a look at whereas also counteracting the blue light that is believed to disrupt sleep patterns and preserve you awake longer.

Google believes that app timers, like these in Focus Mode, assist people in keeping from overusing apps more than 90% of the time. You can select which apps you’d prefer to pause, like Facebook and Instagram, which tend to interrupt you with notifications. But you can also keep some messaging apps open for emergencies.

It is available for the Android Q) beta, however, if you do not see it but, you may need to update to the latest version.