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How to Turn On and Configure Windows Night Light

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

With the rollout of the Creator's Update for Windows 10 in April 2017, Microsoft introduced a Night Light feature. When enabled, the Night Light feature limits exposure to blue light, which can result in eye fatigue and lower-quality sleep. The Night Light feature reduces the exposure to blue light by shifting to warmer colors, such as red and yellow, which results in less stress on the eyes, and potentially a more restful night for users who are up late working on their computer. This article walks you through how to enable and adjust the Night Light feature in Windows.

The Windows Night Light feature is meant to reduce the strain on your eyes when working on your computer prior to going to bed.
The Windows Night Light feature is meant to reduce the strain on your eyes when working on your computer prior to going to bed. | Source

How to Enable Night Light

  1. Press the "Windows" and "A" keys at the same time. The Action Center appears along the right side of your screen. The Action Center will contain system alerts and application alerts for any applications you've allowed to pass and post alerts.

  2. Select "Expand" at the bottom of the Action Center window. Expand appears on the right side of the window, directly above the All Settings icon. The icon tray along the bottom of the screen flys up, exposing more rows of icons. Other shortcut icons that appear will include VPN, Airplane Mode, Quiet Hours, Brightness, and more. Night Light appears along the bottom row, at the very end of the list of icons.

  3. Click "Night Light." You'll notice that your screen takes on more of a yellow hue. Additionally, you'll notice that the Night Light icon becomes shaded darker. You can navigate back to this screen at any time and click the Night Light icon again to turn the feature off.

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Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons at the same time to open the Action Center. Press the "Expand" button toward the bottom of the Action Center to display a larger list of shortcut icons at the bottom of the window.Locate the Night Light icon at the end of the list of icons that appear at the bottom of the Action Center.Click the "Night Light" icon. Your screen will take on a yellow and reddish hue. The Night Light icon will be shaded so that it is slightly darker than it was before.
Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons at the same time to open the Action Center. Press the "Expand" button toward the bottom of the Action Center to display a larger list of shortcut icons at the bottom of the window.
Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons at the same time to open the Action Center. Press the "Expand" button toward the bottom of the Action Center to display a larger list of shortcut icons at the bottom of the window. | Source
Locate the Night Light icon at the end of the list of icons that appear at the bottom of the Action Center.
Locate the Night Light icon at the end of the list of icons that appear at the bottom of the Action Center. | Source
Click the "Night Light" icon. Your screen will take on a yellow and reddish hue. The Night Light icon will be shaded so that it is slightly darker than it was before.
Click the "Night Light" icon. Your screen will take on a yellow and reddish hue. The Night Light icon will be shaded so that it is slightly darker than it was before. | Source

How to Configure Night Light Settings

  1. Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons at the same time to open the Action Center.

  2. Click "Settings" in the Action Center. The Windows Settings screen appears. The Windows Settings screen is where you can modify the date, time, and language associated with your computer, personalize your experience, update or add accounts, and more.

  3. Click "System." In the System screen you can make changes to your display, modify and create notifications, adjust your computer's power settings, and more.

  4. Select "Display" along the right side of the System screen. The Display window appears on the right side of the screen.

  5. Click "Night Light Settings" within the Brightness and Color section. The Night Light Settings screen appears.

  6. Choose "Turn Off Now" to turn the Night Light functionality off.

  7. Move the black bar up and down the scroll bar in the Color Temperature at Night section to adjust the hue of the night light functionality.

  8. Set the Schedule option to "On" if you want to schedule the Night Light functionality to automatically enable itself on your device. If you enable the Schedule feature for Night Light, you must then set a time to turn on and then turn off the Night Light feature.

  9. Click the "X" in the upper right corner of the Night Light Settings window to close it. Your settings changes will be saved.

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Navigate to the Action Center and then click "Settings."Click "System" when you get to the Windows Settings screen.Click "Display" and then navigate to Night Light Settings.Within the Night Light Settings section you can turn the Night Light feature on and off, change the tint of the feature to skew toward red or yellow, and also set the Night Light feature up to turn on and off based on a timer.
Navigate to the Action Center and then click "Settings."
Navigate to the Action Center and then click "Settings." | Source
Click "System" when you get to the Windows Settings screen.
Click "System" when you get to the Windows Settings screen. | Source
Click "Display" and then navigate to Night Light Settings.
Click "Display" and then navigate to Night Light Settings. | Source
Within the Night Light Settings section you can turn the Night Light feature on and off, change the tint of the feature to skew toward red or yellow, and also set the Night Light feature up to turn on and off based on a timer.
Within the Night Light Settings section you can turn the Night Light feature on and off, change the tint of the feature to skew toward red or yellow, and also set the Night Light feature up to turn on and off based on a timer. | Source

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