Night Shift offers f.lux-like functionality in iOS 9.3. Here's how you can turn it on and configure it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Eye on Apple
By Jim Lynch, CIO
iOS 9.3 comes with some great new features, and one of the best is Night Shift. Night Shift provides f.lux-like functionality that uses warmer colors on your screen at night, which can help you sleep better than the blue light that iOS devices displayed in the evening before iOS 9.3.
In this how-to I’ll show you how to enable Night Shift and how to configure it to your preferences.
Night Shift only works on 64-bit iOS devices
Please note that Night Shift only works on 64-bit iOS devices, you won’t be able to use it if you own one that has a 32-bit processor. Here’s a list of the devices that can and can’t run Night Shift in iOS 9.3:
How to turn on Night Shift in iOS 9.3
Here’s how you can turn on Night Shift in iOS 9.3:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on Display & Brightness.
3. Tap the Blue Light Reduction button to the on position.
4. Tap on Schedule then tap on From Sunset to Sunrise.
5. You can also tap on Custom Schedule to set your own preferred times for Blue Light Reduction on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
How to adjust the Night Shift colors
Here’s how you can choose between more or less blue light in Night Shift:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on Display and Brightness.
3. Tap on the Cooler and Warmer slider and move it to your preferred position.
4. The screen color will change as you move the slider back and forth, so you can see what it will look like when Blue Light Reduction occurs on your iOS device.
Night Shift makes a big difference in terms of eye comfort
As I noted in a previous post, Night Shift does make a big difference in terms of eye comfort while using your iOS device at night. You might not realize it at first, but as soon as you start using it you’ll understand why Apple added it to iOS 9.3.
So it’s well worth taking a minute or two to turn on Blue Light Reduction, and then to set up your preferred schedule for it, and also your preferred setting in terms of colors. I’ve been running Night Shift on my iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Air 2, and it’s working great on both devices.
I’m very glad Apple added Night Shift to iOS 9.3., it should help all of us get better much better sleep while still being able to use our iOS devices late at night before we go to bed.
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