Resources to help developers build with wellbeing in mind
Explore our toolkit and articles created to help you build new products and features that support people’s wellbeing.
The Digital Wellbeing product experience toolkit, at your service
Based on foundational research insights, our toolkit provides an overview of what digital wellbeing means at Google, and offers a set of principles, thought starters, and workshop activities to help you put wellbeing into the center of the products that you build.
A principled approach
Learn the definition of digital wellbeing and how it shows up in our 4 UX principles. Then, get to know each principle through research insights, guidelines, and case studies.Explore UX principles Opens in new window
Definition – Digital wellbeing
Take the definition of wellbeing, add the key ingredient of positive tech use, and you get ‘a state of satisfaction that people achieve when digital technology supports their intentions’.
Principle 1 – Empowerment
Based on research insights, it’s clear that thoughtful default settings can help people use tech in balanced, intentional ways. That’s why it’s good to start with supportive defaults.
Principle 2 – Awareness
When people notice what they do from day-to-day, they’re more likely to make positive choices. That’s why product teams illuminate behaviors and help people set goals.
Principle 3 – Control
Studies show that most people who take control to improve their tech use find the changes useful. For product teams, this points to the need to provide transparent settings.
Principle 4 – Adaptability
When tech supports people’s goals, they feel happy, proud, calm, and excited. That’s why it’s important to build context-aware experiences that adapt to people’s needs.
How might we...?
Explore insights and questions to determine how products impact digital wellbeing. These thought starters are separated into 3 themes that include research findings and ‘How might we’ questions to get you on your way.Explore thought starters Opens in new window
Theme 1 – Intentional use
Consider 3 barriers to the intentional use of tech: distractions, multitasking, and compulsive checking.
Theme 2 – Social connection
Get to know 3 factors that are most important for social connection: presence with others, the disconnected, and putting work in its place.
Theme 3 – Safe & healthy life
Dip into 3 arenas where tech can impact health and safety: sleep, harmful content, and physical activity.
Building for wellbeing
Choose from 4 activities that will focus your team on the best solutions for your product, whether or not you have one yet! Each activity comes with downloadable worksheets and a facilitator’s guide to help you get the most from your time.Explore workshop activities Opens in new window
Activity 1 – Reflect on tech use
Get your team warmed up and shift into a digital wellbeing mindset in this 15–30 minute exercise.
Activity 2 – Assess your products
Evaluate how your existing product aligns with the UX principles in this 60–90 minute exercise.
Activity 3 – Generate ideas
Brainstorm new wellbeing-related products or evolutions of existing products in this 45–90 minute exercise.
Activity 4 – Investigate impacts
Consider potential negative impacts of your concept, and turn them into opportunities in this 30–60 minute exercise.
In real life
Get a sense for how the UX principles, thought starters, and workshop activities show up in products with these digital wellbeing articles and case studies.
article – How developers can support user wellbeing
Meet the UX design principles that help product teams identify and build for digital wellbeing.Read article Opens in new window
article – 4 UX principles that put people first
Explore ways to deliver apps that enhance digital wellbeing and learn more about how these design principles can help in practice.Read article Opens in new window
article – Implementing the 4 UX design principles
Explore ways to deliver apps that enhance digital wellbeing through real world examples.Read article Opens in new window