Apple’s new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 9.3, comes packed with performance enhancements, bug fixes, and new features. One of the more touted features is dubbed “Night Shift” and it aims to reduce eye strain when viewing your iPhone or iPad in the dark.
It’s also designed to get rid of that bright blue light emitted by your device at night that impacts your sleeping habits. According to Apple’s description:
Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings.
Enable Night Mode iOS 9.3 on iPad and iPhone
To start using it, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and turn it on. Now you can turn on and manually switch between warmer or cooler color temperature. The warmer side is meant to be used at night as it will reduce the “blueness” of the screen.
You can also tap on Schedule and have it automatically turn on or off based on its default settings, or you can customize your own schedule.
Get Better lighting for Your PC or Android Device
F.lux is a free app and does a similar thing with lighting for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It has been around for several years and for more, read our article on how to use F.lux to reduce eye strain and help you sleep at night.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re an Android user, you can use F.lux if you have a rooted device. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of rooting your Android, check out our article on ways to get the iOS 9.3 Night Shift – like feature on Android.
Once you get your iPhone or iPad updated to iOS 9.3 and get its Night Shift mode configured, let us know how you like it in the comments below.