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Does turning off Digital Wellbeing really make Pixel phones faster?

If you own any of Google's Pixel phones, you might have heard about a new movement to disable the Digital Wellbeing feature. As neat as it is to try and curb phone addiction, a lot of people have been reporting that turning it off helps to boost performance across the board.

We've already created a step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to turn Digital Wellbeing off if you want to give it a shot, but now we want to know how many of you have actually gone and done that.

Here's how the AC forum community has responded so far.

Has anyone revoked access to their digital well-being? I'm on day two and my phone seems to be handling ram way better than it has before.. It's also even smoother .. Also my battery seems to be more stable now.. I would like to know if anyone has done this and if they have, what type of benefits have they achieved.

Jeremiah Bonds

I've done this since day 1, but didn't notice anything different

mustang7757

Disabled it the 2nd day i got my Pixel 3 @ launch and my device has always run great. I dont have any battery issues but im a low-medium user so its possible my usability is low...my battery could go two days. I honestly saw no benefits of using DWB, if anything its a processor hog for the benefit of Googles benefit to beta test or learn about use behaviors. Meh, disable it and be happy you did.

chezm

Nice idea. I disabled it and see how it goes. It's not the Pixel 3 though.

Javier P

What do you think? Does turning off Digital Wellbeing really make Pixel phones faster?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

3 Comments
  • It doesn't matter. I deleted the folder it was in.
  • You know how people complain about bloat on Samsung (or whoever's) phones? Well this is Google's bloat. It is unneeded and makes your phone slower. Stop using it/delete it if you can.
  • Digital Wellbeing doesn't serve any real purpose. It's just wasting device resources. It was created as a PR move when people faked that they cared how much they use their phones.