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Pause Digital Wellbeing Wind Down Mode

Written by Hassan Abbas

Pause Digital Wellbeing: Many of us sleep with their phone next to us. Google provides a native tool inside Android that can help you to prepare for your sleep. Using Wind Down Mode, you can allow Do not disturb mode at a set time and also switch the screen to grayscale to make your phone less distracting.

Now Google is rolling out the latest update to Wind Down mode bringing a much-forecast feature. The update enables users to pause the Wind Down mode for 30 minutes. In case you still have some tasks to finish on your device.

What is Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is an amazing feature that Google launched on Android in 2018. The feature is built to help you to cut down your phone usage, by alerting you how often you use your apps and limit the time for which you might use them.

On an Android device, Digital Wellbeing can be accessed inside Settings. Once you open it will welcome you with a dashboard that displays you a circular chart of the apps you’ve used today and for how long you’ve used them. You can also view a breakdown of the number of times you’ve opened the app or the time you used it and set individual timers for selected apps.

However, if you want to disable major functions of your device for focusing better on your work and sleep. Then the Wind Down mode is designed for you.

What is Wind Down mode

Wind Down mode is an extended take on Do not disturb mode. This mode not only minimizes your notification count but also exercises Grayscale mode that switched your smartphone’s screen to black and white. It made to minimize interruptions when you wouldn’t wish to use your phone unless it’s urgent.

The fewer notifications, the less likely are you to choose your phone every now and then.

What is the new pause feature

Google’s latest update to Wind Down mode introduces the ability to pause the mode. When the scheduled activation is turned on, users can pause Wind Down for a 30-minute period. As it makes sense to no two nights are the same. You just need your phone for a little longer to complete your task or to get home.

You were only able to turn OFF Wind Down mode which later needs you to manually turn it back ON if required. After the 30 minutes, Wind Down mode turn back ON. But make sure if you don’t need the whole of 30 minutes, you can turn it ON however you think it is convenient.

How to Pause Digital Wellbeing Wind Down for 30 Minutes

Step 1: 

Firstly, Update the latest version of the Digital Wellbeing app from Google Play.

If you want to enjoy a new feature then try joining the beta program.

Step 2:

Make sure you’ve Wind Down mode is switched ON. Follow the steps below to do that:

  • Open Settings on your Android device.
  • Scroll down and click on Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  • Click on Wind Down.
  • Toggle the switch adjacent to Use Wind Down to ON.
  • Set a Start and End time for the Wind Down mode to kick in.

Note: Once the Wind Down mode gets activated at the preset time, Preset an alert about the same in your notifications drawer.

Step 3:

Slide down from the top to access the notifications drawer.

Step 4:

Click on Pause for 30 minutes.

Wind Down mode will now stay paused for the next 30 minutes and it will turn back ON after the preset time.

In case you wish to cute short of the pause to Wind Down mode, you can then turn it back on again by clicking Resume now in the notifications drawer.

Why I don’t have the 30 minutes pause feature yet

The latest feature inside Wind Down mode is only available on Digital Wellbeing’s app. This feature is rolled out through the beta program. We test that the feature is available on our Pixel 3a XL running Android 10. The feature is updated to the latest Digital Wellbeing beta app but it was unfruitful.


Here is all about Pause Digital Wellbeing. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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