Speaking at Brandcast last week, YouTube's CEO said that the platform now has over 1.8 billion registered users watching videos ... So let's take a look at how this Take a break feature works. The reminders will appear every 15,30,60,90 or 180 minutes, and pause the video you are watching, at which point you can either decide to stop, snooze or continue watching.
As part of the new YouTube mobile app, users are now able to set time limits on their viewing, and set reminders to "take a break". Notably, the setting is optional and switched off by default.
Apparently, you should still hunt for any new features to pop-up as when this update gets reached globally. It groups all the notifications you receive from YouTube's app and serves them in one go at a specific time of the day of your liking.
The latest Google Play Store update is out, and now this time, it is in its 10th iteration, carrying the version number as v10.0.7. In addition, Google will make available the ability to disable sound notifications from YouTube when people, for example, is asleep, in order not to distract. The Take a Break feature can be accessed by going to Settings General, and the notifications feature is available at Settings Notifications.
I try to be as conscious as possible of my smartphone usage, and while I like to think I've got a good "digital wellbeing" as Google puts it, a helping hand here and there is always appreciated.
Like we already said, this feature is now only rolling out to Android users, but it should be rolled out for iOS users soon.