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Apps that filter blue light have been around for ages. F.lux is a popular solution for Windows and Mac, and there are several apps that will do it on your smartphone Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Your phone's screen is keeping you awake. Don't let it. These apps will help you rest well. Read More .

However, such third-party apps might become obsolete soon thanks to built-in functionalities. macOS just released Night Shift Use a Mac at Night? Night Shift and Other Apps That Can Save Your Eyes Use a Mac at Night? Night Shift and Other Apps That Can Save Your Eyes Apple just dropped the latest macOS Sierra update with relatively few changes apart from one standout feature: Night Shift. Read More , and more recently, the Windows 10 Creators Update (which is rolling out soon but you can get it now How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now The Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out in April. Are you eager to try it? Or would you rather avoid it? We'll show you how to get Windows 10 1703 on your own schedule. Read More ), a new feature called Night Light will fill the same need.

If you’ve got the Creators Update already, you can start using it now. Head to Settings > System > Display. You’ll see a switch labeled Night Light on the right side. Click on Night Light Settings first to configure it to your liking.

Use the slider bar to choose a temperature of color. The further left you drag it, the warmer the color becomes. Warmer temperatures filter more light but greatly distort the colors, so you might not want such an extreme setting for color-sensitive work.

Enabling Schedule night light makes sense so you don’t have to toggle it on every evening. You can check Sunset to Sunrise and the colors will automatically change based on your time zone. If you want to set your own times instead (maybe you have an unusual work schedule), click Set hours and specify them.

To quickly enable or disable Night Light, open the Action Center with the Windows Key + A shortcut or by clicking the icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click the Night Light panel to toggle it — useful if you’re watching a movie or something and need to disable it for a time.

If you use these light-shifting features, check out what we found about their effect on your sleep Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More .

Do you use a light filtering app for nighttime computer use? Let us know if you’ll try the native Windows solution, and your favorite, down in the comments!

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  1. Joe Keeley
    April 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I've used flux for years and think it's great. I'd be interested to hear from people who switch from flux to the Windows 10 Night Light and if they notice any differences.