Bright Night would turn on automatically if your Galaxy S10 determined the scene was dark enough to warrant it. However, if it didn’t, the feature wouldn’t activate.
Now, Samsung is changing that by rolling out a new update to Samsung Galaxy S10 devices around the world that allows users to manually turn on the night mode regardless of how dark the scene might be (via SamMobile).
Although we haven’t tested it ourselves yet, it appears this manual night mode and Bright Night will deliver the same photographic results — the only real difference is users can now control whether the feature is on or off.
It’s curious that Samsung didn’t allow users to control Bright Night right from the beginning, as night modes on devices from other OEMs all do, including the Pixel 3, the OnePlus 6T, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
So far, the update carrying the new camera feature has only landed on Samsung Galaxy S10 devices in Switzerland, but devices around the world should see it soon. The update also carries along with it the April 2019 Android security patch. If you want to manually check for the update, head to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install on your Galaxy S10 phone to check for the update’s arrival.