Android Pie’s Digital Wellbeing is harming the wellbeing of Pixel devices

This wasn’t planned to unfold in this manner, but it looks like the Digital Wellbeing feature of Android Pie is turning into a nightmare for Pixel device owners. Some Reddit threads started by Pixel 3 owners suggest that disabling Digital Wellbeing is helping them fix the performance issues that were plaguing their devices ever since they updated to Pie. While this sounds weird, a large number of Pixel 3 users on Reddit (thread 1, thread 2) are more than happy about the performance of their device after turning off this particular feature. So the possibility of this being a reality can’t be ruled out.


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But think for a while how weird this idea is… something that was meant to improve your digital life becoming the root cause of your frustrations. While some people suggest that turning Digital Wellbeing off is only tricking people into believing that their device performance has improved, a large majority of users who turned it off are having a better life after doing so.

Details on Digital Wellbeing and how to turn it off

In case you’re not familiar with it, Digital Wellbeing is a feature added by Google to Android Pie for helping people get control over their digital life. The feature tracks app usage and shows you how much time you spend on which app, and it has also got the features that you may need to control your device usage. For example, it can help you set app timers that remind you to stop using any particular apps after you’ve spent a certain amount of time using them in the day. It can also turn your phone to grayscale after usage of a fixed duration.

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Since tracking app usage requires data to be collected from every app that someone is using, it’s possible that the functionality may be a culprit behind various performance issues that appeared in Pixel devices after updating to Pie. In order to find out whether it’s really the case or not you’ll have to turn off Digital Wellbeing yourself. Fortunately, that’s an easy task. Just follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings app;
  2. Scroll down to Digital Wellbeing and open it;
  3. Tap the 3-dot menu in top right corner;
  4. Choose “Turn off usage access”;
  5. Confirm it on the next screen by changing access from “Allowed” to “Not allowed”.

That’s it. Give it a try and do let us know how did it work for you!

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