How To: Use Night Shift mode in iOS 9.3

Night Shift mode is among the collection of new iOS 9.3 features and while it’s certainly not the only one that’s useful, it is one of those functionalities users have been longing for. Night Shift lets you warm up the colors of the screen during post-sunset hours and reverts to the usual settings in the morning.

This is meant to reduce blue-light which the screens of our devices usually emit and has the potential to interfere with our sleep quality. And I suspect those of you who previously used f.lux (which was taken down from the App Store due to violating some terms) will be very happy to get similar capabilities bundled within iOS itself.

iOS 9.3 is currently in initial beta stage, meaning you won’t be getting your hands on Night Mode until the public release (unless you’re a beta tester of course), but still, we’re going to explain how it works and how you can use it, so you’ve already done your homework when it finally becomes available for your device.

To enable Night Shift mode in iOS 9.3 go to Settings -> ‘Display & Brightness’ on your iPhone or iPad.

Toggle on the ‘Blue Light Reduction’ option to enable Night Shift mode. As you can see in the image above, you can change the warmth of the colors displayed on the screen by adjusting the related slider between ‘Cooler’ and ‘Warmer’. You can customize the text size and even make it bold if you feel like you’d need this for improved readability.

iOS 9.3 - Blue Light Reduction schedule options

Furthermore, you can schedule Night Shift mode and there are three options for this. If you use the ‘From Sunset to Sunrise’ option, the time interval is automatically adjusted by iOS, based on the current time and geolocation of your device. It is by far the most comfortable option as you don’t need to tweak it later, especially if you’re often traveling to different time zones.

iOS 9.3 - Blue Light Reduction 'Custom Schedule'

However, you can also set Night Shift mode schedule to ‘Off’ or create a ‘Custom Schedule’ by using the related option if that is your preference. For the latter option you’ll have to set the start and end times for the daily interval when Night Shift mode should be enabled.

Note: Not all devices will be able to use this feature, in fact Night Shift mode support is limited to 64-bit devices. These are the iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus; the iPad Air, Air 2, Pro, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4; and the sixth-gen iPod touch.

If you own a 32-bit device such as the iPhone 5 or the iPad 2, your best bet would be to install an app like f.lux although ever since it was taken down from the App Store it’s only available for jailbroken devices.

Until you can try out Night Shift mode yourself, check out the Vine below (courtesy of Mashable‘s Karissa Bell) to see it in action:

https://vine.co/v/iMDKQHtIJIg

What do you think of Nightshift Mode and what additional options would you like this feature to receive for the public release of iOS 9.3? Let us know in the comments section below, or send us a message via Google+, Facebook or Twitter.