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.
However, such third-party apps might become obsolete soon thanks to built-in functionalities. macOS just released Night Shift, and more recently, the Windows 10 Creators Update, 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.
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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