These 6 Android apps can get you close to Apple's eye strain-reducing Night Shift feature

These 6 Android apps can get you close to Apple's eye strain-reducing Night Shift feature
You may have heard about Night Shift, one of the new features that Apple has been pampering iOS users with since the version 9.3 update. It's a system service designed to limit the amount of blue light emitted by the screen in order to reduce eye strain and prevent the over-stimulating effect it has on the brain.

You may not know it, but numerous studies have confirmed that exposing your retinas to bright blue light before bedtime, which is exactly what you do when using your phone or tablet for bedtime reading, messes up the melatonin levels in your body. Melatonin is the hormone which regulates your sleep timing in accordance with your body's circadian rhythm and the natural lighting conditions.

Thus, the habitual checking of your phone before bedtime might cause difficultues in falling asleep, ranging from delays to borderline insomnia. The solution is reducing the amount of blue light emitted by the display, changing its color temperature to a warmer one and possibly syncing it to the sun's natural rise and set patterns and your place's ambient lighting. This is what Night Shift does in a nutshell, and emulating its functionality is pretty easy on Android.

In fact, some of the apps we're about to show you exist before Apple thought it would be a good idea to build this kind of functionality into iOS natively. They can help with several problems – reducing eye strain, modifying your display's color temperature for a warmer appearance (if you consider it too cold but your device doesn't give you the means to change it), and dimming the screen for viewing it in dark conditions, such as those in cinemas, clubs, and your own bedroom, of course. So, there you go – six apps to solve your eye strain issues on Android!

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13 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And one of the first apps to offer this functionality is missing from the list: CF.lumen even offering Tasker integration in the pro version.

2. aj10111989

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

Umm.. This feature has been on OnePlus One, since forever! :D

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Umm, it was on jailbroken iOS since, i don't know, 2009?

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It's official feature in one plus one....you don't need to root it...If you want to compare like that most of features in ios where available in android apps

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its already there even before Apple "INVENT" eye strain-reducing feature that called Night Shifthttp://www.phonearena.com/news/f.lux-alternatives-for-Android-here-are-some-apps-that-aim-to-reduce-eye-strain-and-help-you-sleep_id73070 but all of those just copycat of Night Shift.. right?

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Have you read the article and somehow missed the line: In fact, some of the apps we're about to show you exist before Apple thought it would be a good idea to build this kind of functionality into iOS natively.

8. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Don't be silly, he doesn't come to these articles to read them.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2950; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Holy crap you're a dummy.

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I thought you were banned cuck face.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A dummy calling another a dummy, how sweet.

13. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Available on Jailbroken I phones since 2009

6. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Why not sleep at night?

14. Erikronao

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Why is Lux not included in this list?

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