It’s no secret that smartphones can be distracting. We typically talk about this for driving, but that’s not the only case. Walking around with your head buried in your phone can be dangerous, too. Android phones can help with this.
The “Heads Up” feature is available through Android’s “Digital Wellbeing” suite of tools. At the time of writing, it’s available for Google Pixel phones, although it should eventually roll out to more devices. Join the beta from the Google Play Store to get it as soon as possible.
To enable the feature, 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” from the Settings.
You may see an introductory splash screen with information about the feature. Click “Next” if you do.
If the splash screen doesn’t appear automatically, tap “Heads Up” from the Digital Wellbeing settings, and then select the “Next” button.
Next, you’ll be asked to give two permissions. “Physical Activity” is used to detect when you’re walking and it’s required. “Location” can be used to determine when you’re outside, but it’s optional.
If you choose to give location permission, a pop-up will appear, and you’ll need to select “While Using the App,” and then “Allow All the Time.”
Tap “Next” when all the permissions have been granted.
The next screen will say “Heads Up is Ready to Go.” You can tap “Done,” and the feature will be enabled. Next time your phone screen is on for a little too long while you’re walking, you may see a notification like this:
That’s it! Hopefully, with this handy little feature, you’ll be more observant when walking around with your phone.