Let’s just go out and admit it, we all like using our smartphones at night. Mostly when we’re already in bed, and should already be sleeping, there we are, tapping away at out screens. Well, that’s not very healthy. The reason why we find it harder to fall asleep in these situations is precisely because we are always using our screens and staring at cold, aggressive lights. Recently, some solutions for this issue began to become popular, like f.lux for desktop systems, that solves this problem by filtering your screen with a smarter color according to the time of day. This, in theory, should make you less prone to the above symptoms and should make your screen’s lighting match your indoor lighting. There are also solutions for this very same issue in Android, and today, we’ll be taking a look at one of them: Twilight.
Twilight is a free app that you can download off the Play Store by following this link. The app description explains the basics, but essentially it works just like any other screen filtering solution: you input where you live and the app will apply a color filter to your screen to make things warmer and less harsh on your eyes at night. That should help you make sleep better and avoid staying awake late at night looking at your screen. So, let’s download the app and set it up!
When you first open the app to set it up, you will see an array of controls and toggles. Kind of confusing, but don’t worry, all you’ll need to do is some simple set up to get the basics working. First of all, you may want to tap in the “”How It Works” button to get a more scientific explanation as to why this works and exactly how. If you don’t need convincing, let’s set it up first and foremost. Head onto the “Filter Times” section and tap the “Sun and Location” button. Make sure your correct location appears in the map. The app should automatically detect it, but if not, you can manually set it by tapping over your country in the image:
After doing that, it may also be a good idea to set up when exactly should the app be active. Tap the “Custom” button under the same category and set an appropriate time that you think the app should be active using the slider:
These are the basic settings you should look out for. Make sure the app is enabled (there’s a toggle in the top bar) and when the time comes, it should start to filter the screen automatically. You can also preview the settings by tapping the “Preview” button at the top, which will show you the filter right away so you can get a taste of how it looks. It may look bizarre, but the change is more gradual than it looks at night, and the benefits are worth it in the end. When the app is active, there will also be a notification on your notification pane that will let you pause or stop the app if you want to avoid it for a while. There’s an option in the “More Settings” section if you want to disable it, too:
Another option you should look out for is the “Auto-pause” feature, which fixes the missing “Install” button in case you try to manually install apps while the app is filtering the screen (Android does this automatically, not the app). As the option says, it may increase battery usage, but if you find the app useful, this may be worth enabling. If you don’t wish to enable this, you can simply pause the app as then enable it again after you finish the install as a workaround. Please give this app a try if you have a hard time falling asleep while fiddling with your phone at night, as this may easily be the solution to your problems, and for free, you can’t beat the price! Any questions? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!