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How to Use Night Shift in Low Power Mode

Two of our favorite new features in iOS are Night Shift Mode and Low Power Mode. Both have their benefits, the former enhances sleep and prevents sore eyes at night and the latter is there to preserve your battery life at will or when the battery runs low. As soon as your battery runs down to 20 percent of charge, iOS will prompt you to turn on Low Power Mode. But if you are already using Night Shift, this means that your screen will suddenly light up with blue light, quite uncomfortably to say the least. Here’s a guide on how to use Low Power Mode and Night Shift at the same time!

Prerequisites: To use Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time, you’ll need at least iOS 9.3 running on your device. Earlier versions of iOS do not support Night Shift.

Using Night Shift with Low Power Mode turned on

When Low Power Mode is active on your iPhone or iPad, there is no obvious way to enable Night Shift. In fact, if you look in your Settings app under Display & Brightness you’ll see that Night Shift is grayed out.

This is probably due to the overhead caused by Night Shift, meaning that the color filter apparently uses extra energy and is therefore not suitable to be combined with the idea of having a Low Power Mode, or at least Apple appears to think that way. We think it is slightly illogical as your battery is most likely running dry at the end of the day or on a night out, not in the morning when you leave for work.

How to enable Low Power Mode

If you are currently not in Low Power Mode, as denoted by the yellow battery icon, we recommend you enable it so that you can follow along with the rest of the tutorial and experience the difference. Go to your Settings app, tap Battery. Now enable the Low Power Mode toggle from there.

Hint: Learn more about Low Power Mode in our other article. Read More…

Activating Night Shift using Siri

As explained above, Night Shift cannot be easily toggled when in Low Power Mode. Apple prevents this per design. But we can circumvent this limitation via a simple trick that involves our favorite virtual assistant, Siri. Simply ask Siri to “enable Night Shift” and she’ll actually do it, regardless of whether you are currently in Low Power Mode.

Of course, you can also ask her to do the opposite and “disable Night Shift” or “turn off Night Shift” afterwards. Apparently Apple forgot to implement the limit with respect to Siri, which is nice for us users who want to access both features at the same time!

Hint: Learn more about Night Shift mode in our dedicated post. Read More…