Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Disabling Digital Wellbeing on Pixel 3 XL: best thing ever

Disabling Digital Wellbeing on Pixel 3 XL: best thing ever

To quickly recap, Digital Wellbeing was introduced as part of Android 9 Pie.

The team at iFixit chose to teardown the phone to see how the device is manufactured. These new smartphones essentially usher in the return of Google's Nexus program, which sought to give consumers a more affordable way to get their hands on a pure Android experience.

Pixel users have been complaining roundly about the fact that, recently, their devices have started getting a lot slower. As for Android Q, at I/O 2019, Google revealed a set of new features like Dark mode, smart replies, suggestions among others. As Google wants people to use their smartphones less, and actually interact with people they talk to and see every day. What it does is track the amount of time users spend on their devices, and allow users to control the amount of time they spend doing so.

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It's a little unusual that Pixel 3a users are having issues with Digital Wellbeing on their smartphones.

As pointed out by some eagle-eyed Redditors, the official page on which you can enroll for the beta only lists support for the 6 previous Pixel phones right now, but a note has been added that reads "Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June". We disabled Digital Wellbeing just to make sure, and it appeared to be just as fast with it disabled as it was with it enabled. In many ways, the Pixel 3a - which is positioned as a premium device that won't break the bank - fills a gap Apple left open when it curiously discontinued the iPhone SE past year. Luckily, the biggest issue with the Pixel 3a is relegated to turning off Digital Wellbeing.

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are available for purchase now, with prices of $399 and $479 respectively. Especially considering it does have the famous Pixel camera built-in.

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