How Pavlok Knows When To Shock You


The #1 question everyone asks about Pavlok is “how does it know?”

How does it know you are smoking?

How does it know you are on Facebook?

How does it know you just ate your third Big Mac with extra cheese?

The simple answer is there are both easy-track and hard-track habits.

Examples of easy-tracks include time spent on Facebook, pressing a snooze button or obsessively checking your phone.

Basically, an app goes “beep you are on Facebook” and Pavlok shocks you.

Easy tracks are the near-term priority for Pavlok.

But there are also hard-tracks like smoking, nail biting and over eating. Yes, these are trackable too, but the technology is still in development.

If you have a hard-track habit, there is actually something better — “self shock” — the way scientists have been doing this for decades.

When you shock yourself — which we teach you how and when to do in the included 5 day habit change app — you increase awareness & supercharge your natural ability to resist.

Because of this, self shock actually has much higher success rates than an automatic shock does for changing habits.


And there is another option too. You can link your Pavlok to a friend’s phone via Bluetooth and let them monitor you. This method works well when you need a little extra help to quit your habit.

BTW, the #2 question everyone asks about Pavlok is “will it work for my habit?”

And the answer is yes, yes it will :- )

Click here for the list of bad habits you can break with Pavlok.

8 thoughts on “How Pavlok Knows When To Shock You

  1. I have bad habits snacking and smoking I’ve completed, (how can I download more bad habits to my cell phone help. ????

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      Hi Mahdi, Pavlok won’t automatically know if your hair pulling. You’ll self administer a zap whenever you catch yourself hair pulling or consciously do the action during habit changing sessions using the app. Here’s a video that may help explain it better

      Please contact us at [email protected] for further questions.

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      Hi Nicolás, Pavlok Original has a hand-detect feature so if you choose that setting, it will vibrate/zap when you raise your hand to your face. That being said, raising your hand can mean a lot of things so most users pair the zap with inhaling smoke manually or use the vibration/zap on hand detect to make themselves more mindful of what they’re doing with their hands. Pavlok 2 when released will have more sensitivity in discerning what different hand-to-face gestures mean.

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