It can be easy to become absorbed in many activities on your phone. Most apps rely on advertising revenue to earn money, this then rewards apps that are designed to keep their users online as long as possible.
Some apps like YouTube may not change too much if they weren’t trying to maximize viewing figures as a good video sharing site would look very similar. YouTube specifically, however, has taken some responsibility for the well-being of its users. On top of offering an optional feature that can remind you to take regular breaks, YouTube can also be configured to remind you to go to bed between configurable hours.
To configure YouTube’s settings, you need to first tap on your profile picture icon in the top-right corner of the app.
Next, you need to tap “Settings” which is the second to last option on the account configuration page.
To view the main body of YouTube’s settings, tap “General” at the top of the list of settings.
The second option in the general settings is labelled “Remind me when it’s bedtime”. Tap this option to open the popup window to configure when you want YouTube to remind you to go to bed. In this popup, you can configure the start and end time for the reminders. The default start and end times are 11 pm and 7 am respectively.
Between the configured start and end hours, whenever a video ends, a popup will appear reminding you to go to bed. If you disable the setting to “Wait until I finish my video to show the reminder”, YouTube will pause any playing video and display a popup reminding you to go to bed.
A slightly different popup will display if a video is not playing, although the effect is the same, it will still remind you to go to bed.
Tip: Tapping “Snooze” or pressing the play button while a reminder is on the screen will snooze the reminder for ten minutes. The dismiss button will dismiss the reminder until the following day.