Since apparently none of us can get off our phones
If you haven't heard, widgets are back in a big, big way. Just days after Android's new battery widget launched for Pixel phones, Google has returned with another helpful tool destined to find a permanent place among the icons on your home screen. A new screen time widget is the perfect way to keep an eye on your phone use, all without diving into another app.
Screen time syncs directly with Digital Wellbeing, Google's built-in tool for reducing time wasted that shipped as part of Android 9 Pie. It shows the total hours and minutes spent looking at your phone's display for the day, along with the three apps you've used the most so far, all rolled into a neat little infographic. Depending on the selected size, the circles for each app grow larger or smaller, perfect for demonstrating just how much time you've wasted staring at your Twitter feed.
As you'd expect from a modern widget made for Android 12, it's decked out in whatever colors Material You pulls from your wallpaper, perfect for matching up with all of those other tools on your home screen. Tapping it opens directly to the Digital Wellbeing menu, where you can set app timers, activate Focus mode during work hours, or retreat into Bedtime mode to help unwind before falling asleep.
We've known for a couple of months now that a screen time widget was in the works, but it's great to see it finally made official. Google's done a great job over the last few months offering more ways to use your phone right from the home screen. In fact, with so many widgets now available, reducing your screen time might not be so hard after all.
This is it, the actual rollout is happening “in the coming weeks”
Will has been an Android enthusiast since he got his first smartphone in 2011. He loves watching movies, has a never-ending backlog of video games, and produces podcasts in his spare time. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask.

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