Check how much YouTube you really watch

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After taping on Time watched, YouTube didn't hesitate to show me how productive my weekend was.

Even though the digital wellbeing features in Android 9 Pie are still in beta (and only now available on Pixel phones), today, Google is expanding its online health and wellness endeavours to YouTube, ostensibly to help you prevent yourself from watching too many bad videos.

You can also set the YouTube app to remind you to take a break from watching after you've spent a certain amount of time using the platform.

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To further assist users in developing more self-control, Google now allows YouTube surfers to disable autoplay videos and set up reminders to take a break when users reach their limit of personal watch time.

Announced via a blog post, Google says that the "Time watched" stats will give you "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". "Scheduled Digest" is now under the "Time Watched" tab.

Google first demoed its Digital Wellbeing initiative back in May at I/O, but it took until this month for it to officially debut with Android 9 Pie. As for desktop, it seems like the Google hasn't quite updated its web interface with controls for digital wellbeing yet. Videos deleted from YouTube and any videos watched while a user is in incognito mode will also go untracked. This pane also includes notification monitoring and reminder settings. If you don't already know, Scheduled Digest shows you only one notification a day from your subscriptions. There are 10 categories of notifications available in the YouTube app, so batching them if you have several turned on is a welcome addition.