Screens have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. They’ve made it into virtually every part of work and leisure time. It’s not surprising 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 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 newer devices
Google and many of its partnering manufacturers have implemented night mode in newer devices. Those with a handset running Android Oreo (or newer) should be able to save their eyes from strain without much effort.
The steps are simple:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select “Display.”
- Select “Night Light.”
- You should now be able to activate Night Light mode, set times, and more.
Some phones — from Honor, Huawei, Asus, OnePlus, Samsung, and Nexus — bypassed Android’s initial reluctance to make Night Mode a standard feature, all including a menu option. Some manufacturers may label the feature “Blue Light Filter,” or something similar. The option should be there for most phones, though.
Night Mode on older devices
If you have Android 7.0 Nougat or an older Android version, you kind of out of luck. Night Mode comes pre-installed on your OS, but requires work to access. You can’t just toggle it on. There’s an easy workaround though.
First, add the System UI Tuner to your device’s settings, then follow these steps:
- 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 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.
Do you have a favorite Night Mode app we haven’t listed here worth checking out?
Give us your feedback in the comments and we’ll be sure to update this post with the best options available.