Google announced Digital Wellbeing at its I/O 2018 event held in May. The feature is said to be a big part of Android P, allowing users to track the usage of their device in detail and along the process help limit smartphone addiction. However, Google didn’t quite rollout the feature along with the final release of the operating system, it announced yesterday. Instead, it made the feature available through a beta program, only accessible to Google Pixel users on the Play Store. While this is a little disappointing, there is still hope for other smartphones. XDA-developers have reported that it is possible to port the feature on a OnePlus 6 and some other Android P running smartphones.
The report mentions that porting the Digital Wellbeing feature on other Android P running smartphones isn’t that difficult. This is mostly because its APK doesn’t require a lot of changes to be done to it. All a user is required to do is enable the right platform features and set the right permissions. The devices also needs root access through Magisk.
In order to the get permission for running Digital Wellbeing on a non-Google device, the system partition needs to be modified, which requires root access. XDA-developers was able to learn that after obtaining the updated APK from the Play Store. The website has also created a Magisk Module for others, so they do not have to sacrifice Google Play in the process of porting the features to their smartphones. At the moment, the feature seems to have successfully been ported on to a OnePlus 6 and Essential Phone.
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While there are already apps on Play Store that give you access to similar features as Google’s Digital Wellbeing, it’s the feature’s well-planned integration with the operating system that makes it undeniably better. The feature gives you an in-detailed summary of how much time you have spent on a particular app and how many notifications you have received for it. It also shows you how many times in the day you have unlocked your smartphone. Besides that, it even helps curb smartphone addiction through intricate features such as Do Not Disturb, Wind Down and Night Light.