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How to set up a bedtime schedule on your Android device

Setting up a bedtime schedule for your Android phone can have some surprising benefits, such as gaining insight into your sleep.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer on
Person sleeping in bed.
Image: Fitbit

Your Pixel device that is running Android 13 wants to make bedtime considerably easier for you. It wants to help you wind down and make it such that you can drift off into that wonderful land of slumber without interruption from notifications or bright screens.

It's very handy, especially if you leave your phone in a charging cradle on your nightstand that makes the phone's display face you. 

If that's your setup, you are perfectly aware of how that screen can become a real nuisance throughout the night.

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

This mode silences notifications, turns the screen black and white, and can even shift the UI to grayscale at a specific time. What this means is 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, should you have to grab that phone in the middle of the night, it won't hurt your eyes as you gaze into the screen.

Out of the box, however, Bedtime mode is not enabled. Fortunately, it's really simple to enable and set up.

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How to set up a bedtime schedule on your Android device

Let's do just that. 

Requirements

The only thing you'll need for this is an Android phone that includes the Digital Wellbeing app. You'll find this app in Android 12 and later. That's it. Let's set it up.

1. Open Digital Wellbeing

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

2. Open Bedtime mode

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

The Bedtime mode entry in the Android Digital Wellbeing app.

Bedtime mode is accessed from within the Digital Wellbeing app.

Image: Jack Wallen

3. Enable Bedtime mode

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

The Bedtime mode ON/OFF switch in Android 13.

Enabling Bedtime mode in Android 13 on a Pixel 7 pro.

Image: Jack Wallen

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4. Configure Bedtime mode

You should now see a Next button. Tap that button, and you'll then be able to schedule Bedtime mode based on a time or if the phone is placed on a charger. 

To set a time, tap the Start time and change it to when you go to bed, and then tap the End time and set it for when you awake. 

After that, tap the days you want Bedtime mode to take effect. If a day is circled in blue, that means it's enabled. 

The Bedtime mode scheduler.

Bedtime mode can be enabled by either time or charging.

Image: Jack Wallen

5. Tap Done and Allow

Once you've completed this, tap Done and then tap Allow (if prompted) to grant Digital Wellbeing access to app usage and sensor data. You can also enable or disable motion detection, light detection, and time zone history. 

The motion and light detection will help Android understand what things interrupt your sleep (such as sound and light). This information will be collected and reported only to you (so there's no need to be concerned that Google is collecting data about your sleeping habits).

The Bedtime mode customization screen.

Further configuring Bedtime mode on Android 13.

Image: Jack Wallen

And that's all there is to set up your bedtime schedule in Android 13. 

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One thing to keep in mind, however, is that Bedtime mode has zero effect on the Pixel Watch. Unfortunately, you have to manually enable Bedtime mode on the watch. Hopefully, at some point, Google will get those two things in sync such that when Bedtime mode on your phone kicks in, it will automatically kick in on your watch. 

Other than that, Bedtime mode is a handy feature that can help you catch some sleep. 

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