How to Wind Down at Night with Bedtime Mode for Android

The Android Google Clock Bedtime settings logo.

Creating a routine can be the key to getting a good night’s sleep. The Google Clock app makes it easy for you with a set of “Bedtime” tools. We’ll show you how to set them up and catch Z’s.

Bedtime tools are available in the Google Clock app, which is standard on many Android phones. The Clock app also offers a Bedtime mode on phones with Google’s digital wellness suite. We’ll help you set that up as well!

How to set up a bedtime

You can access Bedtime settings through the Google Clock app. Download the app from Google play store if it’s not already on your Android device.

The Google Clock app in the Play Store.

Open the app, then tap “Bedtime” on the bottom toolbar.

Press “Start”.

First, we’ll create a wake-up alarm (tap “Ignore” if you don’t want to set one). Touch the minus (-) and plus (+) signs to choose a time. Tap the days of the week you want to use the alarm.

Tap the minus and plus signs to set an alarm time, and then tap the days of the week you want to use it.

Under the time and date options, you can also check the box next to the “Sunrise Alarm” option to activate it. This setting mimics the sun by slowly brightening the phone screen before the alarm sounds.

Then press “Sound” to select the one you want for your alarm.

The first time you open the “Sound” settings, you will be greeted with a pop-up window containing all the applications you can use to set a music alarm. Press “Skip” if you want to move on to the other options.

Scroll through the list of sounds and tap the one you want to set as an alarm. Then press the Back arrow to return to the previous screen.

Select the sound you want for your alarm, then press the Back arrow.

Then check the box next to the “Vibrate” option if you also want your phone to vibrate when the alarm sounds.

If you want to set up a Routine with Google Assistant, tap the plus sign (+) to open Assistant settings. Otherwise, press “Next”.

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Now you can set up a bedtime schedule. Use the minus (-) and plus (+) signs to set the time you want your device to go to sleep, then tap the days of the week you want this to happen.

Tap the minus and plus signs to set the time you want your device to be silent, then tap the days of the week you want it to happen.

To receive a reminder to go to bed, tap “Reminder notification” and select a time.

If your device includes Google’s Digital Wellness Suite, there is another option called “Bedtime Mode” (more on that later). For now, press “Done” to access the “Bedtime” overview screen.

On the “Bedtime” overview screen, you will see a number of additional tools, including “Listen to sleep sounds” and “View your upcoming events”. If your device is equipped with the Digital Wellbeing suite, you also have the option “View recent activity at bedtime”.

Tap “Listen to sleep sounds” if you want the app to play music or soothing sounds while you fall asleep. Press “Choose sound” to start.

You’ll see a few built-in sounds for you to choose from, along with all the connected music apps. Press the Back arrow after making a selection.

Then, if you want to make sure that your alarm always goes off before any scheduled event, you can give the Clock app access to your calendar; press “Continue” to configure it.

When asked if you want to allow the Clock app to access your calendar, tap “Allow”.

Your bedtime schedule is now over!

Use Bedtime Mode with Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is Google’s suite of tools that aims to help you use your device responsibly. Part of its mission is to create better habits of use before bedtime.

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If you have a fairly new Google Pixel phone or Android device, there’s a good chance you have digital well-being. An easy way to check is to swipe your finger down (once or twice, depending on your handset manufacturer) from the top of the screen. Tap the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu, then search for “Digital Wellbeing.”

To use the additional bedtime mode features in Digital Wellbeing, start by following the steps above to create a bedtime schedule. After that, tap the time you set for bedtime on the “Bedtime” preview screen.

Tap the time you set as bedtime.

Tap “Bedtime Mode”.

Here you’ll see a new set of tools to help you stay off your phone at bedtime.

Since we have already set up a bedtime schedule, “Bedtime Mode” will turn on and off at these times. You can also choose to activate it whenever your device charges within that time frame.

At the bottom, you can enable the “Do Not Disturb” option to block notifications whenever Bedtime Mode is active.

Activate the “Grayscale” option to turn the display into black and white whenever Bedtime mode is activated. This is to make using your phone less attractive.

When you are done tweaking these settings, tap the back arrow at the top to return to the previous screen.

Swipe down from the top of the “Bedtime” schedule settings.

Another tool that Digital Wellbeing adds to the “Bedtime” settings is “See recent bedtime activity”. It helps you know how you use your phone at bedtime. Press “Continue” to configure this tool.

Digital Wellbeing will ask you to access your application usage and sensor data. It uses motion and light detection during bedtime to estimate when you are using your phone in bed.

Activate the option “Motion and light detection during your scheduled bedtime”, then press “Allow”.

That’s all! You will now see your bedtime activity in the “Bedtime” overview screen.

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