With the release of Android 9.0 Pie, Google is focusing on digital health. Digital Wellbeing is a new set of features that let you control your own smartphone dependency. The beta version is now available and Google is looking for testers.
Although Android 9.0 Pie is officially available for Pixel phones, these new Digital Wellbeing features are not included by default. App Timer, Dashboard, Do Not Disturb, and Wind Down (collectively referred to as Digital Wellbeing) are currently available for testing, but require a few steps in advance.
Make sure you qualify
To capitalize on the digital well-being feature, there are some requirements. First, you must have a pixel device, so either Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. Although other phones have access to Android Pie, the beta version of Digital Wellbeing is currently only available for Google devices. Second, you must have Android 9.0 Pie on your device.
Since Android Pie is already being transferred to Pixel devices, you simply have to wait for the official OTA and update your phone. It also works with Android P Beta Developer Preview 4. If you're currently in this version, you can try it while waiting for Google's official Android Pie Update.
Method 1: Sign Up for the Beta Program
If you meet the requirements to join the program, go to the link below. Enter the primary Gmail address you use on your pixel and select "Yes" under the question "Do you have Android 9 Pie on your Pixel?"
Within 24 hours, Google sends you a link to download the beta Start testing the feature. It may take a day or more, but Google should clearly state the next step in this process if it sends you an email.
You can also become a beta tester by signing in to the Play Store. Use the link below to sign in – make sure you're signed in to the same Google Account you use on your Pixel. Tap "Become a tester" and then click "Download on Google Play" to go to the Play Store page where you can install the app.
Method 3: Download the APK
If you are really impatient and you only need the Digital Wellbeing app, you can install the APK without having to sign up for a link. APKMirror currently has the APK available for sideloading, so take it from the link below, then open the APK from your notification bar or the downloads folder and press "install" when prompted.
Once you get the digital Wellbeing app, you'll find a new "Digital Wellbeing" submenu under Settings on the main screen. If it's not there, just search for "Digital Wellbeing" in the search bar at the top of the settings menu, then it will appear in the list.
We urge all Pixel users to use this program. Not only do you get a free first look at Pie's new feature, but you'll also help influence the functionality with your feedback. According to our previous tests, this should be a great tool, not only for people who want to recall their smartphone use, but also for parents who want to have their children drop off more often.