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Mar 15, Left to right: In those days, before I went distraction-free, my relationship to my iPhone was totally normal. For generations, it was normal to smoke cigarettes, and nobody thought much about it.
And then… well, then smoking became the greatest public health issue of the 20th Century. Today, being addicted to your smartphone is more normal than ever.
But it also creates an opportunity. I removed the Infinity Pools from my phone and turned off most of the notifications. It was an unscientific study with an N of 1, but the results were clear: I was a better person with a Distraction-Free iPhone. A Distraction-Free iPhone became my new normal.
Jake and I started writing about time, focus, and life at Time Dorks. This gave me a new opportunity: To start from scratch, think about the relationship I wanted to have with my phone, then set up Android to support that relationship. And it also gave me an excuse to write this post!
So here it is, my guide to The Distraction-Free Android. First, the bad news.
To set up a new Android phone, you have to sign in to a Google Account. And Gmail is installed by default, which means you have email automatically from the first moment you use your phone. The good news is that Android at least the version on my Pixel, v7.
That means you can easily turn off email, and when you need it again, turn it back on and your Google Account is still there. I disabled YouTube in the system settings. I disabled Chrome in the settings. The only infinite-ish apps I installed are Feedly, Pocket, and Kindle.
Plus, I love to read. I was excited about my Pixel. My new phone was powerful and awesome, with a really great camera. And without Infinity Pools, it was calm and distraction-free too.
And then I remembered the Google app. This is the ultimate Infinity Pool. I know I said that a web browser was the ultimate Infinity Poolbut I was wrong. I struggled with my decision to remove the Google app. I never had much success with Siri, but within a day of getting my Pixel, I was talking to Google Assistant constantly.
And that was the problem. The first was what to do about notes. But no iPhone means no Apple Notes. With some hesitation, I installed Google Keep on my phone and started using it for writing, making lists, and jotting down notes.
But I decided to use it for anti-fragility reasons: Finally — and this has nothing to do with staying distraction-free — I really like the Live Data Wallpaper that came with my Pixel. And as the day winds down, the wallpaper becomes red, orange, and then purple at night.
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