Midnight (Night Mode) is a free application for Android devices to reduce the screen brightness automatically or manually.
Bright screens can be a problem, especially late at night, early in the morning or in places where it is dark.
It does not really matter if you are staring at a computer monitor, television screen or smartphone display.
While it is usually possible to turn down the brightness of the display using built-in options, doing so regularly is not comfortable. Imagine having to turn down the brightness of the display each day in the evening, and up again the next morning.
Apart from that, you may run into thresholds that you cannot cross using built-in tools. That's where third-party programs like F.Lux for the PC, or F.Lux for Android, or Twilight for Android come into play.
Mightnight (Night Mode) is a free application for Android that requires no extra permissions when you install it. It is ad-free, comes without any annoyances, and compatible with all Android versions 2.3.3 and up. Best of all, unlike F.Lux for Android, it does not require root permissions.
The main purpose of Midnight is to reduce the screen brightness when it is too bright. It supports reducing the brightness below the minimum that Android's controls offer by default.
All features are configured on two pages. The first displays the four available filter colors, options to manually adjust the brightness, and a preview option.
Swipe to the right once you are done customizing the filter to configure manual, scheduled or automatic modes.
Manual as the name suggests gives you full control over when Midnight applies the filter on the screen. Scheduled uses a start and end time in which the filter is enabled by the application.
Automatic finally is an experimental feature that activates the brightness filter automatically using time lapse or lock screen modes.
It is suggested to check out both automatic modes if you want Midnight to control the filters on its own. The main advantage over schedule is that it may apply filters outside of the scheduled time.
The settings provide you with several interesting options. You may set the minimum screen brightness to a lower level than the default value of 20%. The app supports 10% and 5% as well which you may set under settings.
Another option that you have there is to configure Midnight's notification's behavior. The app displays a persistent notification by default that you may use to control the application's behavior even if it is in automatic mode.
That's useful to disable the filtering for instance, or change the brightness reduction. You may also set a notification priority, and dynamic notification priority in the settings. The notification priority determines where Midnight's controls are displayed in the notification area.
Midnight (Night Mode) may not be as sophisticated as the root-requiring application F.Lux, but it gets the job done when it comes to reducing the brightness of the screen. Android users who have not rooted their device may want to give it a try if they want to tame the screen brightness of their device at times.
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