Night Shift automatically shifts the colors of your device’s display to warmer (orange) after sunset for your overall health and wellbeing. Studies show that exposure to blue light after sunset may impact circadian rhythms, making it much harder to fall asleep. To counteract this effect, Apple introduced Night Shift to its iPhone, iPad, and iPod and later its Mac.
Night Shift is available on iPhone 5s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and iPod touch (6th generation and later.) For example, if you have an iPod touch 5 or an iPhone 5C then there won’t be any Night Shift option to select from.
The Night Shift mode feature uses your device’s clock and GPS for the location to determine when is the best time to have Night mode turned on.
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How to Enable Night Shift Mode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
- Open Control Center and long-press the Brightness control icon, then tap Night Shift to turn it on or off manually
- Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift. Choose to schedule Night Shift, Manually enable it, and make adjustments to the color temperature
How to Schedule Night Shift Mode
As I mentioned earlier, this feature can also be turned on automatically using your device’s clock and GPS data, however, a scheduling system must be set up first.
- Launch your Settings > Display & Brightness > Scheduled
- Set the time you want to start (From) and end (To)
Night Shift Not Working after iOS or iPadOS Update?
If you have checked all the settings and your Night Shift mode is still not working, you are not alone. Several users have had this issue after updating their iOS or iPadOS. We suggest that you try the following fixes to help you with this issue.
- Check that your date and time settings are on Set Automatically
- Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and choose Set Automatically
- Turn on Location Services at Settings > Privacy > Location Services
- Scroll down and tap System Services
- Toggle on Setting Time Zone and System Customization
- Toggle the night Shift switch in your Settings to OFF and then ON a few times
- Keep it at ON at the end and test to see if it does the trick
- If that Settings toggle didn’t work for you, please try to restart your iDevice
We hope that these tips work for you. Please let us know in the comments below.
Night Shift not working on macOS?
When you turn it on, Night Shift uses your Mac’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset and automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the color spectrum. After sunrise, Night Shift returns your Mac to its usual setting (less warm, more blue.)
If Night Shift isn’t working on your Mac, first check that it’s turned on
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Displays
- Click the Night Shift
- Set a Schedule or tick the box Turn On Until Sunrise to set Night Shift manually
To change the color warmth (orange), slide the Color Temperature scale right or left to your preferred setting.
Check your system requirements for Night Shift
For macOS: Night Shift requires macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and above.
- MacBook models from early 2015 or later
- MB Air models from mid-2012 or later
- MacBook Pro models from mid-2012 or later
- Mac mini models from late 2012 or later
- iMac models from late 2012 or later
- Mac Pro models from late 2013 or later
- Apple LED Cinema Display
- Apple Thunderbolt Display
- LG UltraFine 5K Display
- LG UltraFine 4K Display
Look at your Mac’s Date, Time, and Time Zone settings
If your Mac support Night Shift and you turned it on, it’s possible that your Mac’s Date&Time settings are not correct.
- Open System Preferences > Date & Time
- Tick the box for Set Date & Time automatically and verify that the information is correct, including the time zone tab
Turn on Location Services
- Go to Apple menu > System Preferences >Security & Privacy
- Choose the Privacy tab and tap the lock icon to unlock preferences (A)
- Type in an admin password to unlock
- Checkmark the box to Enable Location Services (B)
- Scroll down to System Services
- Tap the Details button (C)
- Tick the box for Time Zone & System Customization
Look at ColorSync settings
- Open the ColorSync Utility
- Choose Profile First Aid
- Tap Verify or Repair
- Verify reports problems
- Repair identifies and tries to repair problems