Reddit Thread Claims Digital Wellbeing Slowing Down Pixel Phones

Google Pixel phones had set the bar high for smartphone photography, which was recently dethroned by Huawei P30 Pro. Although the defeat is not so breaking, Pixel phones are still preferred for the way they churn out their photos, the performance, and the timely software updates. But seems like after the infamous display-gate, Pixel is facing trouble again, this time for software issues.

First pointed out by a Reddit user, the issues seem widespread. It has come to the attention that Digital Wellbeing, a built-in app that monitors the user’s app usage, is actually slowing down the phones. The Reddit thread conspicuously discusses how turning off the usage access for Digital Wellbeing has solved performance issues in Pixel 3 phones and their predecessors.

The claim has not yet been confirmed by Google, though many users in the thread have responded positively to this option. They claim that a turning off the Digital Wellbeing has had a drastic change on their phone’s performance as the app uses RAM constantly by running in the background at all times.

Reddit Thread Claims Digital Wellbeing Slowing Down Pixel Phones

If you own a Pixel phone, follow the steps to turn off Digital Wellbeing:

  • Open Settings on your Pixel phone.
  • Search for Digital Wellbeing option.
  • Tap on the three dots icon at the top right and click on the Turn off usage access button
  • Confirm the decision on the next Usage access screen by choosing Digital Wellbeing
  • Toggle the permit usage access option to off.

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced last year in October. It was crowned as the king of smartphone photography with its excellent camera. It also faced display-issues, which was the talk of the town for some time.

What do you folks think of this news? Do you use a Pixel phone? Does turning off the “culprit” Digital Wellbeing solve performance issues for your phone? Let us know in the comments below.


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