Digital Wellbeing feature reportedly slowing down Pixel phones


The Pixel 3a is priced at $399 and offers up a lot of bang for the buck both in terms of features and overall performance.

Since the observation was first made on social media last week, more and more people have come forward to say that they, too have switched off Digital Wellbeing and solved their issues. It runs in the background and keeps track of how long you use your phone as well as individual apps, each day.

Thankfully, this doesn't impact on all features of the Digital Wellbeing service - the Wind Down functionality (which allows you to schedule a time for Do Not Disturb mode, Night Light mode and the grayscale filter that all help to discourage unwanted phone usage at certain hours) still works fine, for example. That being said, with Google Pixel 4 shipping with Android Q pre-installed, is it safe to assume that Google will showcase the desktop mode on the said device during launch.

It's a little unusual that Pixel 3a users are having issues with Digital Wellbeing on their smartphones. The one that I read and took the advice to disable Digital Wellbeing on the Pixel 3 XL was from 9 days ago, and I've been without Digital Wellbeing since and it has absolutely changed my phone. And now the Pixel 3a hasn't even been available for a week, and users are finding a ton of issues with the devices already.

Stretch-release adhesive secures the battery and this is a plus since it means it's very repair-friendly, and the only screws inside the Pixels are standard T3 Torx fasteners, so you won't need any weird screwdrivers on hand. In the rapairability score, the Pixel 3a series scored 6 points out of 10, which means that it's fairly easy to fix.