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How to use the blue light-killing Night Light on the Google Pixel

Like many phones this year, Google's Pixel offers a feature called Night Light that tints the screen a reddish-yellow to reduce the amount of sleep-affecting blue light being given off by the phone's AMOLED display.

While it's not likely going to save you a sleepless night if you're prone to bouts of insomnia, blue light filters have been shown to cut down on the negative consequences of lengthy periods in front of a screen, especially under artificial indoor light.

Sound like a feature you're interested in trying? Here's how to do it.

How to enable Night Light on the Google Pixel

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the notification shade.
  2. Tap the Settings button on the right side.
  3. Scroll down to Display.
  4. Tap Night Light.

  1. Tap on Turn on automatically.
  2. Enable Custom schedule or Sunset to sunrise (recommended).
  3. If setting Custom schedule, set the Start time and End time.
  4. Under Status, enable On / Turn off automatically at set period.

You can also set Night Light manually.

  1. Swipe down on the notification shade
  2. Swiping down again to access the Quick Settings menu.
  3. Tap the moon icon (Night Light) to enable/disable.

That's it! You should now have everything you need to get a good night's sleep — except, you know, a bed. And a nice pillow. And you should probably walk away from your phone every once in a while, anyway.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

32 Comments
  • One of my favorite features of the 7.0 beta now official on the Pixel which is sweet! To bad they completely axed it from the 7.1.1 Beta on the Nexus 6p. No way to enable it now.
  • Download the Night Mode Enabler App and it will work the same way. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... I've been using it ever since they removed it from Beta
  • I know i used this app on 7.0 but It would not work on 7.1.1
  • Well crap haven't installed the 7.1.1 now not sure I want to
  • Yup... For some reason even though the Pixel has it they seem to have either fully removed the code or hidden it even deeper. Kinda silly... Glad I have my Pixel now though!
  • Couple shots of whiskey also works.
  • You ain't wrong.
  • Only a couple?
  • I didn't want to seem like a drunk, but yeah, two or bottle.
  • Oh it's fine. Whiskey is delicious.
  • Couple... Haha Tell that joke in Finland.
  • I love my Pixel. Sorry, wanted to get that in here.
  • Enjoy your Google skinned HTC phone you would have never bought if it had an HTC logo.
  • Enjoy being poor!
  • These articles just keep getting more and more riveting
  • Such a joke. It's on my phone and I didn't need some stupid 'article' about this. I figured it out (gasp) due to Google having a little 'How to' baked in. I'm also reporting AC for all of these click bait articles for search rigging to Google. This BS has to stop.
  • When is AC gonna discuss the camera lens flaring issue that google has confirmed
  • Interesting, had to Google it to find out what you meant (most of the other sites do seem to have mentioned it tho, c'mon AC, you're behind the ball)... It doesn't seem that bad/severe/constant, seems from Google's response that they plan to minimize it thru the use of HDR blending... Which is rather cool. Even multi-thousand dollar ILC lenses can suffer from flare (and this is more of a glare than a full flare), there's a reason pros use lens hoods and lens coatings constantly evolve... I'm not sure I've ever heard of an automatic software correction for it tho. There's common auto software corrections for lots of other lens aberrations tho (CA, barrel distortion, etc). It'll be interesting to see how effective their fix is, I imagine at it's very worst it'd just degrade the corners a little tho... They seem to have suggested it'll only work in HDR which might be a negative for some and for certain usage cases. I kinda like the aggressive software approach they've taken to camera development tho, even in high end cameras it's still something of a novelty... Lens corrections, for instance, are not applied automatically for Canon/Nikon cameras but are part of the spec/design of newer mirrorless formats (which aids with lens design) and are forced in Lr.
  • I haven't experienced or heard of that, but a friend of mine did have to RMA hers due to what appears to be a sensor defect on the first day that she received it.
  • Will this Night Light feature be available for other devices running Nougat in the future? And how similar is Google's Night Light to what Samsung implemented in their Note 7? Thanks!
  • No.
  • Isn't the app Twilight on Google play the same thing?
  • How did we ever deal with phones at night before night filter?
  • Am I the only one who dislikes this feature? Seems to strain my eyes....
  • That feature is an eye sore. I use Eye Filter - Bluelight app. There's a bunch of them in the Play Store.
  • The app Darker (and many others) does this with way more options and also allows your display brightness to get way darker than the phone otherwise allows. You can add it as a quick settings tile using the Custom Quick Settings app. Way more useful than Google's implementation.
  • Nice, Twilight also does something similar if not the same thing.
  • Question:
    What does the option "cool color temperature" do (available in developer options) ? Is it similar?
  • No Sir. That's for the temperature of the display, relevant to simulating daylight in Kelvins.
  • But how come when I searched about it, it does seem similar:
    http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/09/how-to-turn-on-the-cool-color-temperat...
    What is it for, then?
  • Looking forward to this feature. Using twilight app currently.
  • I'm really glad to see Google adding blue suppression to Android; it can make a big difference in getting to sleep shortly after you put down your phone. But for now, Twilight is a more full featured alternative, letting you adjust both the degree of Spain and the color temperature. I immediately bought the pro version and consider it money well spent. And for those jealous of the night light feature on the Pixel, Twilight runs on all recent Android phones.