Google Launches Apps to Reduce Your Smartphone Use
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Google has launched what it’s calling Digital Wellbeing Experiments. These are apps designed to reduce your smartphone use. While installing more apps in order to spend less time on your phone sounds wrong, it actually makes perfect sense.

We’re all spending too much time on our smartphones. And that time spent mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, watching random videos on YouTube, and playing addictive mobile games The 10 Best Free Mobile Games With NO Ads or In-App Purchases The 10 Best Free Mobile Games With NO Ads or In-App Purchases Here's our pick of the best mobile games with no ads or in-app purchases, all of which are available on Android and/or iPhone. Read More could be put to much better use. Which is where Google comes in.

How to Try Google’s Digital Wellbeing Experiments

Google launched its Digital Wellbeing Experiments in a post on The Keyword. The initiative is described as “a platform to encourage designers and developers to build digital wellbeing into their products”. And the first five Android apps are as follows:

Unlock Clock: This is a Live Wallpaper that counts the number of times you unlock your phone in a day. You could try setting a limit to stop yourself from opening your phone at every opportunity.

Post Box: This app enables you to get your notifications delivered in batches at a time that suits you. This will help minimize distractions, and prevent you from checking your phone every five minutes.

We Flip: This is designed to help groups put their phones away and communicate with each other. You all join together and promise not to touch your phones. And as soon as someone does, the session ends.

Desert Island: This app makes you choose the apps that are the most important to you. Once chosen, your challenge is to go a full 24 hours only using those apps, and none of the other, more distracting apps.

Morph: This organizes your apps into different modes, such as Home and Work. Your phone will then automatically adapt to what you’re doing at that time, putting the apps you need front and center.

How to Create More Digital Wellbeing Experiments

These are just the first five Digital Wellbeing Experiments. However, Google is likely to produce more, and it’s also inviting developers and designers to create their own. You can get links to the Hack Pack and open source code on Experiments With Google.

We wholeheartedly recommend trying to spend less time on your smartphone. And if Google’s Digital Wellbeing Experiments help you do that, they’re a good idea. And if you can’t stand to use it less, at least learn how to use your smartphone more productively 5 Expert Ways to Use Your Smartphone Productively Every Day 5 Expert Ways to Use Your Smartphone Productively Every Day Could your smartphone make you more productive in a healthy way? Yes, they can. So, let's look at how you can optimize your smartphone and get even more out of your daily life. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 31, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Please, do not make me laugh! If you want to control your smartphone use, you don't need any apps. If you are addicted, no apps will truly help you. None of these apps lock you out of your phone if you exceed limits. They do not even nag you insistently. They are very easy to ignore.