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Chrome OS may soon get new night mode, Night Light, to help you sleep

The blue light filter was spotted in a recent Canary Chrome OS build.

Published onMay 16, 2017

As a person who spends the majority of their day in front of some kind of backlit screen, I really appreciate night modes. Such modes attempt to help you sleep/reduce eye strain by filtering out the blue light emitted by a display — the light which is said to tell your brain it’s not yet time to sleep.

These blue light filters are making their way into many operating systems now, and are also available from third-parties as with Twilight on Android and f.lux on PC. And soon, you could be able to take advantage of a native night mode on your Chromebook, too.

According to a post on Reddit, a night mode (called Night Light) has been spotted in a Canary build of Chrome OS. This mode appears to be accessible via a toolbar toggle and it looks like it will just be an on/off switch rather than a customizable filter (which is somewhat disappointing).

To make use of it, you’ll have to switch from the stable Chrome OS build to the less stable Canary version, but the feature is expected to officially arrive in Chrome OS version 60.

While there no guarantees that this will make its way into the regular Chrome OS — in version 60 or otherwise — it’s a sought-after function and should come sooner or later.

Is this an important feature for Chrome or should Google be focusing its attention elsewhere? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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