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Tech & ScienceGoogle Home Assistant can help you digital detox from your phone and sleep better

12:45  09 september  2019
12:45  09 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google brought its digital detox tool out of beta last year and made it available for Android One and Pixel phones . Take advantage of Google 's digital wellness features with your smart speakers to get a better night's sleep , spend less time on your phone , get distraction-free study time in, and more.

Need help ? Google Assistant . The google _ assistant integration allows you to control things via Google Assistant (on your mobile or tablet) or a Google Home device. With Home Assistant Cloud, you can connect your Home Assistant instance in a few simple clicks to Google Assistant .

Google Home Assistant can help you digital detox from your phone and sleep better © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google has a few tricks and tools to help you stay off your phone. Smith Collection/Gado/ Getty Images

Apps and devices have been steadily incorporating digital wellbeing features (in other words, using your phone to get off your phone) over the past two years. Google brought its digital detox tool out of beta last year and made it available for Android One and Pixel phones.

Take advantage of Google's digital wellness features with your smart speakers to get a better night's sleep, spend less time on your phone, get distraction-free study time in, and more. You'll just need to set up Digital Wellness through the Google Home app.

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Google Assistant is built into every Android phone and you can download it as an app for iPhones. Summoning Google Assistant on your phone or any other device with Google Assistant works the same way, but your Your Google Home can help you exercise, eat well , calm your mind and more.

Of course your Assistant can help answer your questions and find information—but it can also help you get all kinds of useful things done. We now have 70+ smart home partners supporting the Google Assistant across Google Home and Android phones , including August locks, TP-Link

  1. Tap the microphone
  2. Tap explore
  3. Type Digital wellbeing in the search bar
  4. Tap Send to Device
  5. Select a device (I chose the Google mini in my bedroom)
Google Home Assistant can help you digital detox from your phone and sleep better © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Not getting distracted by your phone could help you get more done. picture alliance/Getty Images

From here, you're going to set up your preferences for digital wellbeing. The toggle for Use Wind Down should already be in the "on" position.

  1. Tap Start and set the time you want wind down to begin
  2. Choose the days you want wind down to repeat (the whole week is default)
  3. Tap End and set the time you want wind down to finish (it also will shut off whenever you next alarm goes off)

You can choose to toggle on or off Grayscale which will turn your display gray when wind down starts. I found this handy because it's easy to get lost in a social media rabbit hole or watching a show and lose track of time. When your screen goes gray, you know it's time to start thinking about getting in bed. You can also toggle on or off Do Not Disturb, which silences notifications and incoming calls. I also liked that feature because when my phone buzzes, I'm always curious what it is and can't resist checking.

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If you think you might be in need of a quick digital detox , here are some simple fixes you can try. 1 / Try a new app. Yes, it sounds counterproductive to use your phone in Downloaded and loved by millions worldwide, Space will help you to take back control of your device so you can "consciously connect".

A digital detox usually involves taking yourself to a remote place and doing something completely out of your comfort zone (like camping on the beach in a You 'll have better support around you , and more often than not, will be led by an experienced, encouraging mentor that can help remind you that

Google Home Assistant can help you digital detox from your phone and sleep better © CNET

Google Assistant can make calls and send text on the fly.

It's also easy to incorporate the digital wellbeing tools into your Google Home bedtime routine. You can keep your original set up, just tap Add Action and type in Set wind down for [time]. Depending on what you toggled, your phone will go into grayscale and do not disturb mode until you wake up.

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