f.lux alternatives for Android: here are some apps that aim to reduce eye strain and help you sleep

f.lux alternatives for Android: here are some apps that aim to reduce eye strain and help you sleep

We guess that most of you have experienced the horror of having your retinas burned by your phones' displays while in bed during the night. Apart from suddenly revoking your desire for sleep, smartphone displays also tend to disrupt your inner circadian rhythms if you use them for a long time right before you usually go to sleep, as they fool your brain that daytime is coming.

As all of the above are neither pleasant nor beneficial for you, if you absolutely need to use your Android smartphone or tablet right before you have to lay on the pillow and call it a day, then you should know that there's a category of third-party apps that aim to reduce eyestrain right before you go to bed.  

You might be familiar with F.lux, an application for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS, that mimics the sun and and aims to protect your eyes from being "blinded". While it's not available on Android right now, there's a respectable host of apps on Google Play that have similar functions. Here are some of the better ones.

If you're using an iPhone, you can make use of a certain iOS feature.  

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16 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Flux is awesome, I have it on my iPhone and MBP, really makes it a lot easier for eyes to read web afternoon

4. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

My experience with this software is different. It can be at the beginning comfortable and see after in the long run it is just a placebo to excuse your ultra high addiction to monitors and screens. Completely useless for 99% of people like stopping to smoke and moving your addiction to alcohol or chocolate.

11. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I feel like one of those addictions is not like the others....

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would tend to agree. Basically your body will fight and get used to it. I have it on my screen...really the only advantage it now has over me is the brightness level since at night the house is dark. Other than that, I stay up just as late as I always did. but I will say, its my bad habbit, not tech

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

night mode is good enough for me

16. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

found it on my first android phone 3 years ago and havent switch bc its just so simple. I cant use a filter to watch videos though, too much of the details are lost.

6. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Thank you for the helpful information

7. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

8. Daphne

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 31, 2015

I use Twilight on my One Plus and F.lux on my PC. Can't say so great to reduce my eye strain, but I got used to use them. Also, I wear T'aime glasses to block blue light from every digital devices. Really enjoy the glasses!! Thumb up! Tips: If you want to get one of them, you'd best go to the website...

9. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

My mom, AICP, does this natively

10. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

rom lol

12. sonnyt

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

OnePlus One does this automatically. You can also customize color temperature, if 4500K for night time isn't warm enough. When it's available for iPhone, it's revolutionary! sheez!

13. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

The best app is Screen Filter, which simply dims your screen. The other apps that change screen color can actually damage OLED screens via burn-in.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For me an oled display with reader mode turn on works best.

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

CM 12.1 woo

17. Fellwalker

Posts: 518; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Lux by Vito cassisi is one of the first apps I found for my Android, it's been there since 2011. Brilliant. And very very dim when needed! I've never found a need for anything like f. Lux on my windows pc or laptop.

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