Google is releasing a new feature called Heads Up that started with the launch of the Android app Digital Wellbeing. When you turn on Heads Up, your smartphone will periodically display a warning reminding you to keep your head high if the app detects that you are walking and using your phone at the same time.
According to XDA developers, the new feature will be introduced on Google Pixel devices. Google has been known to test new features on its Pixel smartphones before the features become more available on other Android phones. The feature will most likely work the same on other devices if it is available. This is how it works.
How to set up heads up
1. Open the Settings app on your phone
2. Scroll down until you find Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls, then tap on it
2. Scroll to the bottom of the various settings until you find a new heads up option just above the toggle switch to add a digital wellbeing app icon to your app drawer.
4. Tap Heads Up and follow the setup instructions.
It is important to note that you must give Digital Wellbeing permission to view your physical activity in order for the app to detect while walking. With the app, you can also authorize the app to display your current location at any time. With this option enabled, the app should be able to tell when you are inside.
With the new feature enabled, you will receive a warning when you use your smartphone while walking, and the app will detect it.
Beta for digital wellbeing
Google Pixel device users who cannot see the heads-up feature can join Digital Wellbeing’s beta program to enable the new feature on their Pixel device. Users can join the beta program by visiting and installing the app’s Play Store list.