PSA: Android can remind you to look up while walking

It’s no secret that smartphones can be distracting. We usually talk about it when driving a car, but it’s not the only case. It can also be dangerous to walk around with your head in the phone. Android phones can help with this.

The “heads up“Is available through the Android” Digital Wellbeing “tool suite. At the time of writing, it is available for Google Pixel Phones, although it should be rolled out to more devices at some point. Join in beta of the Google Play Store to get it asap.

Android’s “Heads Up” feature reminds you not to go out and write

To activate the function, open the settings menu by swiping down from the top of the screen (once or twice, depending on your device) and tapping the gear icon.

Next, select “Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls” in the settings.

Choose digital wellbeing

You may see an introductory splash screen with information about this feature. In this case, click on “Next”.

On the introductory screen, tap Next


If the welcome screen does not appear automatically, tap “Heads Up” in the Digital Wellbeing settings and then select the “Next” button.

Choose Heads Up

Next you will be asked to grant two permissions. “Physical activity” is used to recognize when you are walking, and it is required to do so. “Location” can be used to determine when you are outside, but it is optional.

If you grant location permission, a pop-up will appear asking you to select “While using the app,” then “Allow at all times”.

Grant location permit

Tap “Next” when all permissions have been granted.

Tap Next to finish

The next screen will say “Heads Up is Ready to Go”. You can tap “Done” and the feature will be activated. The next time your phone screen is on for a little too long while you walk, you might see a notification like this:

Heads up notification

That’s it! Hopefully this handy little feature will make you more alert as you walk around with your phone.

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