Android 9 Pie's public launch is fresh and filled with tons of new features. But the biggest headline addition coming out of Google I/O earlier this year, Digital Wellbeing, isn't available right away. Google still has some more work to do before it releases the feature to all Pixel owners, but in a continued spirit of open testing is offering it up to those who want to sign up and use unfinished software.
If you're okay with knowing that you're using software that's still a work in progress, here's how you can get the new Digital Wellbeing feature.
First, you need to have a Pixel phone that's been updated to Android 9 Pie. Google has announced that Android One devices will receive Digital Wellbeing at some point as well, but has not made any claim that it will come to non-Pixel devices beyond that.
Head over to Google's Digital Wellbeing beta sign-up page to get started. All you have to do is enter your email address — make sure it's the address associated with your main Google Play account that you use to download apps. Select the radio button that you have a Pixel running Pie and click Submit. Once you're chosen to be a tester, you'll receive an email. Click "Access the Beta now" and then click "Become a tester" on the following web page.
The Digital Wellbeing app should update on its own, but you may have to force it a bit by going to the Play Store and searching for "Digital Wellbeing" and then updating the app. You'll then see the "Digital Wellbeing" entry in your settings.
Chances are Google will have far more people sign up than it initially needs to test the features, but just hang tight if you don't get it at first since Google is likely to expand the beta program over time.
Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.
"right now" yeah right
Just got it .. pretty cool How it shows everything ya do with how long ya been on each thing
Hope they pull it from settings and actually make it an app or a widget. Doesn't seem helpful if I'm spending too much time on my phone but have to dig into settings to view data. Would be so much nicer to have it on the home screen.
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