Digital Wellbeing Hands-On

For a while, Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature was limited to Pixel and Android One handsets. That won’t be the case for much longer, according to Google’s blog post that was published earlier today.

Google announced support for Digital Wellbeing on the upcoming Motorola Moto G7 line of phones. That includes the Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power, and G7 Plus, the latter of which will not launch in the U.S.

Google also said it’s “working with partners to bring these features to even more phones,” which include the Galaxy S10 phones and the Razer Phone 2. The Razer Phone 2 doesn’t currently have Digital Wellbeing, but will get the initiative as part of its upcoming Android 9 Pie update.

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Announced during Google I/O 2018, Digital Wellbeing is designed to help Android users monitor their phone and app usage. Through Digital Wellbeing, you can also activate Wind Down — the feature is a combination of grayscale and Do Not Disturb — and manage your notifications.

The idea is for Android users to be more conscious about when and how often they use their devices.

Whether Digital Wellbeing is effective depends on several factors, including how open you are to you policing your own phone habits. That said, the feature proved to be habit-changing for our own C. Scott Brown, who initially thought he didn’t have any use for Digital Wellbeing.

If you have a Pixel or Android One device running Android 9 Pie, you can try out Digital Wellbeing in the Settings menu. Everyone else will have to wait to try out the feature, though ActionDash includes most of Digital Wellbeing’s features and is available for any Android device.

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