The beta of iOS 9.3 has been released, and one of our favorite features is Night Shift. The new feature reduces the amount of blue light coming from your iOS device’s screen, making it easier on your eyes before bed time, hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep.

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams.

How To: Use Night Shift in iOS 9.3 and Make Your iOS Device's Display Easier on Your Eyes

Enabling Night Shift Mode in iOS 9.3

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Display & Brightness
  3. Tap “Night Shift”

On the Night Shift menu screen, shown above, you can manually turn Night Shift on and off, turn on scheduling, (you can set it to turn on at sunset, and turn off at sunrise, or any timeframe you prefer), and even adjust the color temperature of the screen.

Beta 2 of iOS 9.3 introduced the ability to toggle blue light reduction on and off from the Control Center, making it even more convenient to use!

How To: Use Night Shift in iOS 9.3 and Make Your iOS Device's Display Easier on Your Eyes

Be advised, even if you have the iOS 9.3 beta installed on your device, this feature might not be available. The feature is only available on the iPhone 5s or newer, the 6th-generation iPod touch, the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and higher, and the iPad Pro.

Also, the final version of iOS 9.3 may contain a few changes in the menus and controls for this feature. If it does, we’ll be sure to update this post.