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Instagram Releases New "Take a Break" Feature in Hopes That We'll Actually Start Doing Things With Our Lives

Kelly Corbett - Author
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Dec. 15 2021, Published 6:09 p.m. ET

In November 2021, Instagram began testing out a new tool that I'm sure none of us want to use, but in actuality, all of us should be using. Known as "Take a Break," this feature was designed to send users reminders when they’ve spent way too much time on the platform.

Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram, explained in a tweet that "this opt-in control enables you to receive break reminders in-app after a duration of your choosing."

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Now, after a successful trial run, Instagram has finally rolled out the feature to everyone.

So, are you interested in taking a break and limiting your time on the platform? Please, don't all jump at once! Keep reading to learn how to set up the "Take a Break" feature on Instagram.

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Follow these steps to learn how to use the Instagram "Take a Break" feature.

If you're considering setting up these in-app reminders, you first want to first head to "Your Activity." To get there, open Instagram and tap on the profile picture in the bottom-right corner. Once you've landed on your profile, tap the hamburger icon (the three stacked lines) at the top-right corner of the page. Now, select "Your Activity."

Underneath the "Time" tab, you should see a brutally honest graph that details your daily average time spent on the app. Below the graph, you should also see a "Manage Your Time" section with three options to choose from:

  • Set reminder to take breaks
  • Set daily time limit
  • Notification settings

Here's where you can begin to make some moves, my friends.

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How to set up break reminders on Instagram:

To limit how long you're active on the app at one time, tap "Set reminder to take breaks." You can choose to have a reminder pop up once you've spent 10, 20, or 30 minutes at once on Instagram. Select a duration of time, tap "Done," and voila, your reminders should be all set up.

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How to set up a daily time limit reminder on Instagram:

You can also set a daily time limit on Instagram, which will keep track of how long you use the app over the course of a day.

To do this, return to the "Time" tab and select "Set daily time limit." From there, you can choose 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours. After setting this up, Instagram will remind you to close the app if you reach your chosen limit for the day.

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So, there you have it! That's how to limit your time on Instagram.

Will "Take a Break" actually work? It's hard to say as these reminders can easily be dismissed and only really exist to give you a heads-up on your usage. For some folks, that just might not be a good enough reason to close the app.

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