A brand new Android characteristic that might hold you from making a idiot of your self? Tell me extra – TNE


Google’s new Heads Up characteristic is a Digital Wellbeing instrument that may cease you from strolling into mild poles and different pedestrians. 

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We’ve all seen a hilarious video of somebody strolling down the road and proper into a lightweight pole whereas looking at their telephone. Or possibly it wasn’t a video and the particular person was you. Google needs that can assist you keep away from being the star within the subsequent episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos — or avoiding close to misses with vehicles, bikes and different pedestrians — with a brand new characteristic referred to as Heads Up, rolling out now to its Digital Wellbeing Android app. 

After turning on Heads Up, your telephone will periodically show an alert that reminds you to maintain your head up when it detects you are strolling and utilizing your telephone on the similar time. 

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Heads Up is presently rolling out to Pixel telephones, as noticed by XDA Developers . After checking a number of completely different Android telephones on my desk, I solely see it on Pixel telephones as nicely. Google typically makes use of its personal Pixel line as a check mattress earlier than sharing options extra broadly with different Android telephones, so even when you do not have Heads Up now, concentrate, since you would possibly see it quickly. (I’ve reached out to Google to make clear which gadgets will fold within the information Heads Up characteristic.) Here’s the way it works.


Don’t run into something you should not the subsequent time you are utilizing your telephone whereas strolling. 

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How to arrange Heads Up to maintain from being oblivious

Open the Settings app in your telephone then scroll till you find the Digital Wellbeing & parental controls possibility; faucet it. Scroll to the underside of the varied settings the place it’s best to spot a brand new Heads Up possibility, simply above the toggle swap so as to add an app icon for Digital Wellbeing to your app drawer. Select Heads Up and comply with the setup prompts. 

You’ll must grant Digital Wellbeing permission to view your bodily exercise so it will probably establish if you’re strolling. Optionally, you can provide the app permission to view your present location always. Doing so will permit it to establish if you’re inside — it is unclear if meaning it will be kind of proactive about reminding you to search for, however let’s hope for the previous. 

With Heads Up enabled, you’ll obtain an alert everytime you use your telephone and it detects you are strolling round. I spent an excellent 20 minutes strolling round my home scrolling via Reddit and Twitter, together with sending emails and textual content messages and did not set off the alert. My solely guess is that Google assumes I do know my home nicely sufficient to not run right into a wall whereas strolling round. My take? Google does not know me that nicely. 


It solely takes a number of faucets to configure Heads Up. 

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Join the Digital Wellbeing beta

If you have got a Pixel and do not see the Heads Up characteristic fairly but, you may be a part of the Digital Wellbeing beta program, which ought to set off the brand new characteristic in your telephone. Join the beta by visiting the app’s Play Store itemizing and putting in it. 

You can at all times go away the beta at any time by visiting the identical Play Store web page and eradicating your self from it, however I’ve at all times joined any beta that Google has for its Android apps and have not run into any main points, with the added bonus of getting to take a look at options earlier than they’re broadly rolled out. 

If you are interested in what else you need to use Digital Wellbeing for, learn extra about it right here. Check out all the hidden options each Android telephone has, too. Finally, Android 12 is coming later this 12 months and we’re already tracked down new options that you will love utilizing.

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