Google Digital Wellbeing Exits Beta

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 4 Comments

Following a three-month-long beta period, Google this week quietly updated its Digital Wellbeing app for Android 9 Pie to 1.0.

“Digital Wellbeing Beta is a new set of features aimed at giving you a complete picture of your digital habits and helping you disconnect when you want to,” the Beta enrollment page notes. That beta required a Google Pixel handset running Android 9 Pie. But the 1.0 release should be available to any Pixel or Android One handset running this release.

Google announced that Digital Wellbeing would be included with Android 9 Pie back in May at Google I/O. But it was tested and released separately from the platform. Google issued the first beta release in early August. And in my own testing of this app—which was available inside of Android Settings only at the time—I found it to be roughly analogous to similar features in the latest iOS version.

With this week’s release of the 1.0 version, the prominent “Beta” logo disappeared from the top right of the app. And it picked up some new features, too. You can now add a Digital Wellbeing icon to your app list so you can pin it to a home screen and access it more easily, add a new Grayscale tile to Quick Settings so you can toggle that feature on the fly, and access your Night Light schedule from within the app more easily. Google also made some minor visual improvements to the Digital Wellbeing dashboard.

Digital Wellbeing is freely available for compatible handsets from the Google Play Store.


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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Google Digital Wellbeing Exits Beta”

  1. wolters

    I like this but I've not used it much yet. Same with RescueMe...I have it installed to help me track my time and perhaps keep me focused but I ignore it. The metrics are nice but we have to get in the habit and discipline to use it.

  2. dcdevito

    I think this is most pointless and overrated feature in Android. I just don't see what it adds other than a grey scale option at nighttime. Who opens this type of app and cares about which app(s) they use frequently? I haven't opened it once.

    • JerryH

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Pointless to you and pointless to me. But not pointless to Google. They get to point at it when the crazies come at them with all this stuff about their addictive apps and phones. "See, we have this app that helps with this, users who aren't using it must not want help!". But sure, pointless for most of us users.

  3. Jeffery Commaroto

    Since it's well being there should be a feature to help monitor the amount of insulting YouTube and social media comments people send every day to protect their mental health. "You are at 98% of your political rambling budget but you have 28% left to attack millennial's lifestyle and work ethic for the day. We recommend shifting your focus!"