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YouTube launches new 'bedtime' feature to help kids go to bed earlier

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YouTube launches new ‘bedtime’ feature that lets you set reminders to stop watching videos and go to sleep

  • YouTube has made the bedtime feature available on Android and iPhone
  • Users can set the reminder to go off at a specific time every night in order to rest
  • Social media company will make feature available to all app users in three days 

YouTube launches new ‘bedtime’ feature that lets you set reminders to stop watching videos and go to sleep 

Available on Android and iPhone, the reminder can be set to flash across a user’s screen at a specific time every night.

They can then either take the hint and log off for the night, or hit either snooze or dismiss. 

The Google-owned giant began rolling the new feature out yesterday. 

It is expected to be available for all app users within three days, but not to those that use the desktop version.

YouTube has launched the feature for users on its Android and iPhone apps (stock image)

Announcing the new feature, YouTube said: ‘With many of us at home, it can be especially hard to stick to your routine.

‘And it’s more important than ever to set boundaries to help manage how much time you’re spending online.’ 

YouTube has sent more than three billion reminders since it launched the ‘take a break’ feature two years ago. 

The app already allows users to check how long they have been online, through their time watched profile, and change settings for how they receive notifications.

It will be available to all users by May 25 and can be accessed in the settings section of the app

The feature stops short of what’s on offer on many smartphones and tablets already, which have settings that block applications after a specific period of time.

Androids have a feature called Digital Wellbeing, located in settings, which tells users how long they’ve spent looking at their phone and can be set to restrict time on specific apps.

Warnings flash up as time on the app for the day is nearing the end, before it is ‘locked’ completely once all the time is used up.

How to find bedtime reminders

YouTube started rolling out the feature to Android and iPhone users yesterday. However, it will not be available to all users until May 25.

It is also a mobile-only feature, and will not be available on desktop. 

To find bedtime reminders, open the YouTube app and go to settings.

Then turn on the ‘Remind Me When It’s Time For Bed’ setting and choose a start and end time for the reminder.

When they flash up you can remove them from the screen by hitting snooze or dismiss. Snooze will shut it down for 10 minutes, before it is re-activated.

If you want to finish your video before seeing the reminder, choose wait until I finish my video when creating the setting.

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