Google’s ‘Heads Up’ mode in Digital Wellbeing

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Last year beginning, a Head Up feature was reported in progress, and now this ‘Heads Up’ mode is being rolled out to Pixel users.  

This new Heads Up mode is completely discretionary as users require manual action from the Digital Wellbeing app, to turn it on. In addition, it doesn’t totally prevent you from using your mobile phone when you are on the way, you will just receive notification alerts through pop up to keep you safe from accidents. You have the option to dismiss and keep scrolling the feed.

What’s the Digital Wellbeing Heads Up Mode?

Last year in November, the Heads Up mode was first spotted by folks. It’s a Digital Wellbeing feature to prevent seeing their phones during street walks. If you enable to feature on your Android device in the Digital Wellbeing app, a pop-up will display to encourage you to not use your mobile phone till you are walking outside. 

But, you also require to grant permission to use your location data and physical activity data every time to use the Heads Up mode. Hence, the feature has the ability to detect physical movements and access if you are walking outside or not.

When the Heads Up mode available?

At present, it’s rolling out on Pixel devices to beta testers available in the Digital Wellbeing app. You can see it in beta v1.0.364375698.      

A few notification alerts you will experience:-

  • Look ahead 👀
  • Be careful 🚧
  • Look up ⬆️
  • Stay focused 📵
  • Stay alert 🚦
  • Watch your step 👣
  • Watch out ✋🏼

How to get ‘Heads Up’ mode?

If you have a compatible device and a beta tester, you will automatically get this mode in the Digital Wellbeing app. In case you don’t see this feature:-

  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Apps.
  • Tap on Digital Wellbeing.
  • Clear the cache.
  • Tap on the “Force Stop” button.
  • Re-open the app and find “Heads Up” mode.

So, now, if you’ve enabled the feature and whenever you walk on the street, you will get the prompt to stop using your mobile phone.

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