Google's Wear OS reminds you to wash your hands after every few hours.

Google has introduced a new periodic reminder that will send a ‘wash your hands’ alert on the Wear OS smartwatch. The aim of this is to encourage you to wash your hands more throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The feature offers an option for you to time your handwashing, and Google has chosen 40 seconds to be the optimum time. The notification is not part of the v5.4.0 update for the Google Clock app on Wear OS, for that, you will need to install the update from the PlayStore to have access to the ‘wash your hand’ alert.

That doesn't match official WHO (World Health Organization) advice that says 20 seconds is enough, but it seems Google is erring on the side of caution and is conscious that the timer may need to be longer for you to start it up before actually washing.


The app also informs the user to “always use soap”, and once the timer is up you get notified to wash your hands again after 3 hours. The alerts are sent from Google’s Clock app for WearOS and can be disabled by holding down the notification if desired.

If you don't want to touch your smartwatch, you can also use Google Assistant. Just say "Hey Google, help me wash my hands" and the app will play a song for 40 seconds.

If you're finding this annoying, you may want to turn it off. To do so, you'll be able to hold down on the notification as it arrives and you'll be given an option to disable future notifications there.

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