https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

How do I disable the irritating owl pop-up?

Duo has now decided to interrupt the lessons with an irritating owl pop-up exhorting me to keep up the good work. This wretched and annoying "improvement" is very off putting and a distracting waste of my time and patience. It would be bad enough if it was at the end of a lesson but no, the accursed thing sticks its beak into the middle of the lessons instead.

I have looked in settings but there appears to be absolutely no way to turn the creature off. I don't know who thought that compulsory pop up cartoon owls interrupting lessons was a good idea but I think they missed their turning as a kindergarten teacher.

If this is an example of the great and exciting improvements we are getting in lieu of immersion, it is a very poor substitute.

Any help to get rid of the incubus would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

March 21, 2017

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KenBookmye

At present I don't think you can opt out of romper room. I am hoping if enough people complain they will add the option to settings

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

@KenBookmye Sadly, that was what I had feared. If this continues the site will be pretty much unusable from my perspective. I can't believe how far downhill it has gone in such a relatively short time.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanDuffy1

What it looks like in case anybody is not getting this and is curious : http://i.imgur.com/jufE36G.png

The metrics probably show an uptick in engagement, but then they still appear for somebody doing exercises every day. I don't really see the point of that, I do personally find it annoying.

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

@EthanDuffy1 No, I don't see the point of it either, in fact just the opposite, every time the flaming thing poked it's playschool head onto my page I abandoned the lesson. I will continue to do that until either it goes away or I decide to leave. I recommend it as a passive protest, which will hopefully be recorded as a downtick in engagement. :-)

March 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

First off, Duo is the mascot of Duolingo. Second, there is no way. I actually kind of like the owl...

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

May I ask if you have had the unmitigated pleasure of it interrupting your lessons, because if you haven't let me tell you, its "cuteness" wears off very quickly indeed.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0

I have to admit that I've only had it pop up about 3 times, so it might get annoying eventually.

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

yeah I noticed it too today, it's annoying af

March 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/banana258

DUOLINGO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING Remove that stupid (ok, not stupid...) owl!!!

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ridunculous

Thankfully now there is the option to remove the owl pop-up. However the ads are still frustrating but thankfully the strength bar is back rather than the timer. I have definitely used the app less since the changes were made, and still haven't really used it as much as I used to.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

Thanks for letting me know. I may try the app again now but I do prefer the web version overall and haven't used the app since the owl appeared. Thanks again and have a lingot for your trouble. :-)

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/John884703

Would you mind sending instructions for getting rid of it? I can't find them.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

I have not yet had the "fortune" to encounter this creature in the middle of a lesson. You say it is on android? Curious...

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

Yes, on android but as I only got it a couple of nights ago and somebody else appears to have had it for a month, they may be rolling it out gradually, or, of course, there is always the possibility of an A/B test. :-)

March 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

The owl fly into my phone a little over a month ago. It has nearly turned me away completely from using my phone for practice. Only in very rare circumstances will I use the mobile app. It becoming quite intolerable between the interrupting owl, the ads after each session, and the constant sales tactics to "repair my streak". No thank you. I'll stick to PC.

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

Ditto!

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/banana258

Hope you don't find it. And if you do, hope you two become friends rapidly haha

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RauiriSAS1

i really dont think you can try restarting Duolingo

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/bonkel
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Is there any way to suggest that if you are over a certain age/grade it could be automatically Disabled? I was already getting pretty bored with the repetitive nature of the exercises but this irritating owl is the final straw. I am only sticking it out because of an idiotic aim to get to 1000 day streak. Sad isn't it.

April 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DoreenZhang

I am an educator and I actually like the pop up owl very much. It is a great encouragement especially for the younger learners.

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia

@DoreenZhang Which is precisely why it should be optional, then your students would benefit from the motivation and adults wouldn't suffer from irritation, annoyance and demotivation. :-)

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DoreenZhang

@Ifphigenia :) Yes, optional makes sense if that is so.

July 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/John884703

I would like to support getting rid of this extremely annoying feature. It started for me about a week ago.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/John884703

There is a comment saying that we can now get rid of it. Does anyone know how?

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dorisslick

I too agree. Please give us an option to not have the little green owl.

December 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/robert51edwards

Totally agree, it drives me nuts! Every time I start a lesson, I'm fuming, because I have to wait 10 to 15 seconds while the frigging owl ❤❤❤❤❤ about!

February 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Caleb191169

It has never popped up for me

February 11, 2019
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