How to bring iOS 9.3’s Night Shift mode to your Mac with F.lux

Night Shift is a nice feature in iOS 9.3, as it automatically changes the colors on your iPhone or iPad display to a warner hue for easy nighttime reading. According to Apple, Night Shift mode helps you get a good night’s sleep because it removes blue light emitted from smartphones or laptops that causes strain on your eyes and prevents you from falling asleep at night.

Night Shift is not a new concept, as a third-party app called F.lux offers the same feature for a quite some time, but the app was briefly available for iOS via the sideloading method in order not to break Apple’s policies. However, if you are using a Mac, you still can use F.lux, as it still remains available. Basically, F.lux for Mac includes functionality similar to that of Night Shift on iOS, as it automatically adjusts the color temperature of your Mac display to reflect the time of day. In this post, we will show you how to get iOS 9.3’s Night Shift mode on your Mac.

Here is how you do it

First and foremost, head to and download the app for free.

Launch the app the same way you normally launch any app on Mac OS X. If this is the first time you have used F.lux, the app will ask you to share location with it. This is so that the app will know what time the sun will rise and set in your area, and automatically adjusts the screen’s lighting to match the time of day. If F.lux doesn’t ask to use your location, you can head to Preferences to enter your location.


Once it is done, F.lux will automatically adjust the temperature of your screen. At sunset, the app will adjust the screen’s warmth to 3400K. You can adjust this setting by dragging the slider to your preferred color temperature.

During the daytime, the F.lux will be at 6500K, which is the default settings of Mac, while the bedtime mode sets your display to 1900K, so you can use your Mac at night.


In Option, there are many modes and settings you can use including the ability to fast transitions between mode, add an extra hour of sleep and enable warmer daytime settings. Besides, F.lux includes sleep on the weekends mode that allows the screen’s lighting to get brighter late on Friday and Saturday.

The Color Effects menu includes a few options including a darkroom setting, a movie mode, and dark theme at sunset.

That’s simple, you now can get iOS 9.3’s night shift mode on your Mac using F.lux. Will you be using this app. Don’t forget to share with us in the comments below.

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