Recently, it was reported that Pixel owners who were experiencing some performance issues on their devices could get see improvements if they turned off the Digital Wellbeing feature. Quite a number of users had reported that following them turning it off, they are seeing some improvements on their handsets.
It turns out that it might be a placebo effect, or at least that’s what Google is claiming. In a post made on Reddit by a Google representative, they claim that following their own series of testing, they found that there was no difference in performance whether Digital Wellbeing was turned on or off. The good news is that the investigation leg Google to discover unrelated issues in the system, which when fixed, improve the performance of the devices.
“We conducted a thorough analysis based on the bug reports and internal testing, and have found no performance issues associated with the Digital Wellbeing app on Pixel. During the investigation, we identified changes unrelated to the bug reports for improving performance, and we are in the process of rolling out those changes to make your Pixel device better.”
As many users have since replied to the comment, this does not make sense as there are plenty of user anecdotes that claim that they did experience improvements following the feature being disabled. At least one user has suggested that while Digital Wellbeing might not be the main cause of the performance issues they’re experiencing, maybe turning it off might have fixed a bug that caused the issues.
In any case, if you’re experiencing performance issues on your Pixel smartphone, you could try turning off Digital Wellbeing to see if it makes a difference. If it does and if you have no need for the feature, then maybe you could consider leaving it turned off. As for the unrelated fix which will deliver a true performance increase, Google has not yet set a date on when it will be released or which devices it will apply to.