How to set up a bedtime schedule on your Android device

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Your Pixel device running Android 13 wants to make bedtime much easier for you. It wants to help you relax and make sure that you can fall asleep in that wonderful sleep land without interruption from notifications or light screens.

This is very useful, especially if you leave your phone in a bedside charging cradle so that the phone display faces you.

If that’s your setup, you’re perfectly aware of how that screen can become a real nuisance all night long.

Fortunately, Android 13 has a very unique feature, called Bedtime mode, which is part of the Digital Wellbeing app.

This mode silences notifications, turns the screen black and white, and can even shift the grayscale UI to a specific time. This means your device won’t interrupt you and won’t be a glaring presence as you try to fall asleep.

Even better, thanks to the grayscale feature, if you pick up that phone in the middle of the night, it won’t hurt your eyes as you look into the screen.

By default, however, Bedtime mode is not enabled. Fortunately, it’s really simple to enable and configure.

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How to set up a bedtime schedule on your Android device

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Requirements

The only thing you will need is an Android phone that includes the Digital Wellbeing app. You will find this app in Android 12 and above. That’s all. Let’s install it.

The first thing to do is open Digital Wellbeing, which you should be able to launch from the Android app drawer.

On the Digital Wellbeing page, scroll down until you see Bedtime mode.

The entry of Bedtime mode in the Android Digital Wellbeing app.

You can access Bedtime mode from the Digital Wellbeing app.

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On the next page, tap the ON / OFF slider until it is in the ON position.

The ON / OFF switch of the Bedtime mode in Android 13.

Enabling Bedtime Mode in Android 13 on Pixel 7 pro.

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You should now see a Next button. Tap that button and you’ll then be able to schedule Bedtime mode based on an hour or whether the phone is placed on a charger.

To set a time, tap the Start the time and change it to when you go to bed, then tap the end time and set it for when you wake up.

Next, tap on the days you want to turn on Bedtime mode. If a day is circled in blue, it means it is enabled.

The bedtime mode scheduler.

Bedtime mode can be activated by time or by charging.

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Once completed, tap Done and then tap To allow (if required) to grant Digital Wellbeing access to the use of apps and sensor data. You can also enable or disable motion detection, light detection, and time zone history.

Motion and light detection will help Android figure out what things are interrupting your sleep (like sounds and lights). This information will only be collected and reported to you (so there is no need to worry that Google is collecting data on your sleep habits).

The Bedtime mode customization screen.

Further configuration of Bedtime mode on Android 13.

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And that’s all it takes to set up bedtime schedule in Android 13.

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One thing to keep in mind, however, is that Bedtime mode has no effect on the Pixel Watch. Unfortunately, you have to manually enable Bedtime mode on your watch. Hopefully, at some point, Google will manage to sync these two things in such a way that when you activate Bedtime mode on your phone, it will automatically start on your watch.

Other than that, Bedtime Mode is a useful feature that can help you get some sleep.

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