YouTube Adds Bedtime Reminders

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YouTube wants everyone to go to sleep already.


A new bedtime reminder feature just launched on YouTube as a way to help users set boundaries for themselves, especially during this stay-at-home period when schedules are all out of wack.

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In a blog post this week, YouTube said the new feature lets you "set reminders at specific times to stop watching videos and (you guessed it!) go to bed." Start and end times can be scheduled in settings, and you get to choose if you want the prompt to interrupt your video or wait until it's over. You'll be able to dismiss or snooze the reminder if you want to keep watching, which obviously defeats the purpose of the reminder, but when you're in the thick of a video, anything goes.


The bedtime reminders are part of YouTube's wellness and screen time tools, which were released in 2018 to coincide with Google's Digital Wellbeing initiative. Other features that already exist to help with your digital wellbeing include: Time watched profile, keeping you informed of your time spent watching videos; Take a break reminder, which lets you set a reminder to take a break; Scheduled notification digest, a feature that allows you to combine daily push notifications into one; and the ability to disable notification sounds and vibrations.

Bedtime reminders is available for iOS and Android now.