Screens have become a ubiquitous part of our lives, making their way into virtually every part of work and leisure time. It’s no surprise that the health impacts of screen time have become a major concern, from shortened attention spans, to interrupted sleep cycles, to eye strain. That’s where Night Mode comes in.
Manufacturers and app developers have started offering features like Night Mode on Android to limit harm, helping to avoid eye strain when using your device in the dark.
This mode eliminates blue light, which can interfere with a healthy night’s sleep — especially when you’re inevitably pulled away from slumber by the promise of fresh tweets and grams.
So, how do you enable Night Mode on Android? What if you don’t already have it on your device?
Night Mode on Android Nougat
If you have Android 7.0 Nougat or later, you’re in luck! Night Mode comes pre-installed on your OS.
On Nougat, it’s a little buried for some reason, so you can’t just toggle it on. There’s an easy workaround though.
First, add the System UI Tuner to your device’s settings.
- Swipe down twice at the top of your device’s screen. This will expand the Quick Settings menu.
- Press and hold the sprocket icon in the top-right corner to access the settings menu, letting go after about 10 seconds.
- In the settings menu, you’ll see a message that says, “Congrats! System UI Tuner has been added to Settings.”
Next install the Night Mode enabler. You can find it in the Google Play store.
The app only has a single option: a button that says, “Enable Night Mode.” Clicking on it will take you directly to a hidden settings menu in the System UI Tuner. Once there, toggle the on switch.
Night Mode on Android kicks in at sundown wherever you are. If this isn’t what you want, fear not! You can override this setting and turn it on or off at will.
- Swipe down twice at the top of your device’s screen to expand the Quick Settings menu.
- Tap Edit.
- Scroll down to the Night Mode toggle at the very bottom.
- Long-press the toggle and drag it up to the dark gray area at the top of the menu.
Now you can toggle the feature on and off as a Quick Setting tile, allowing you to override automatic settings.
Night Mode on Pixel phones
If you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2 phone running Nougat or Oreo, you can skip the steps above, because Google has made Night Mode much easier to enable.
Go to Settings > Display > Night Light, and you’ll be able to control your phone’s light settings manually or set your evening preferences to turn on at specific times of day.
Night Mode apps
The above instructions don’t apply to you if you’re running Android One or stock Android, but you have nothing to worry about.
Plenty of third-party apps allow you to adjust your phone display to cancel out blue light on Android devices.
Have you had any luck enabling Night Mode on Android? Do you have a favorite app we haven’t listed here that’s worth checking out?
Give us your feedback in the comments and we’ll be sure to update this post with the best options available.