How to set up a bedtime schedule on your Android device

The man sleeping in bed.

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Your Pixel device running Android 13 wants to make bedtime easier for you. He wants to help you wind down and make sure you can get off into that fantasy land without the distraction of notifications and bright screens.

It’s great, especially when you leave your phone in a charging cradle on your nightstand that keeps the phone’s display aligned with you.

If this is your setup, you know exactly how that screen can be a real distraction throughout the night.

Fortunately, Android 13 has a unique feature, called Sleep mode, which is part of the Digital Live app.

This mode mutes notifications, turns the screen black and white, and can switch the UI to grayscale at a specific time. This means your device won’t distract you and won’t be too noticeable while you’re trying to sleep.

Even better, thanks to the crystal-clear design, when you grab that phone in the middle of the night, your eyes won’t hurt looking at the screen.

Out of the box, however, Sleep mode is not enabled. Fortunately, it’s very easy to activate and set up.

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How to set a schedule for sleep on your Android device

Just do it.


All you need for this is an Android phone that has the Live Digital app. You can find this app in Android 12 and later. That’s it. We must prepare.

The first step is to open Digital Life, which you should be able to launch from the Android App Drawer.

On the Digital Life page, scroll down until you see Sleep mode.

Sleep mode access to the Digital Wellbeing Android app.

Sleep mode is accessed from within the Digital Life app.

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

Sleep mode ON/OFF in Android 13.

Enable Sleep mode in Android 13 on Pixel 7 pro.

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You should see it now Follow up button. Press the button, then you can set the Sleep mode according to the time, if the phone is placed on the charger.

To set the time, press the Start time will change to when you go to bed, then type the Conclusion time and schedule for when you wake up.

After that, type the days you want Sleep mode to take effect. If a date is circled in blue, it means it is enabled.

Sleep mode programming.

Sleep mode can be set by time or by payment.

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Once you have done this, type it It’s done and type Agree (if prompted) to grant Digital Life access to app usage and music data. You can also enable or disable motion detection, light detection, and location history.

Motion and light detection help Android understand what might be interrupting your sleep (such as noise and light). This information is collected and reported only to you (so you don’t have to worry about Google collecting data about your sleep habits).

The Sleep mode settings screen.

Reconfiguring Sleep mode for Android 13.

Photo: Jack Wallen

So that’s all you need to set up your Android 13 sleep schedule.

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One thing to remember, however, is that Sleep mode has no effect on the Pixel Alert. Unfortunately, you have to manually enable Sleep mode on the watch. Hopefully, at some point, Google will release both of these so that when Sleep mode kicks in on your phone, it automatically kicks in your watch.

Apart from that, Sleep mode is a great feature to help you sleep.


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