After Android Nougat introduced full support for a Night Light mode, it didn’t take long before Google brought the feature to Chrome OS. Often referred as Night Light, the feature basically limits the amount of blue light on your display usage. Theoretically, this helps you in a better sleep during night time. Given the usefulness, you must be thinking of how to use Night Mode on Chrome OS.
For now, Night Light is in its early testing phase in the Chrome OS Canary channel. This means it requires bit more effort and tinkering to get access to the feature. Night Light mode on Chrome OS will probably make its way to the developer, beta, and stable channels of Chrome OS in upcoming weeks.
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So if you are someone who loves to live on the bleeding edge of latest techs and don’t mind messing up with few bugs, then you can switch your Chrome device to Canary channel within just an hour to use Night Mode on Chrome OS.
To do so, you will need to follow some easy steps mentioned below. Continue reading to know more.
Get, use Night Mode on Chrome OS
First of all, you need to activate developer mode and then install the latest Canary build. Here’s how to use Night Light in Chrome OS.
Activate Developer Mode:
- Press CTRL + ALT + T for a command prompt
- Now type Shell to reach shell prompt
- Once done, enter sudo su for root access
- Lastly, use the following command to switch to Canary and update Chrome OS – update_engine_client –channel=canary-channel –update
- After the command is complete, you will have to reboot your Chromebook to submit Canary build.
Now comes the turn for installing the latest Canary build.
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Install Latest Canary Build:
To do so,
- Put your device into Recovery Mode. You can do this simply by holding the Escape and Refresh key and simultaneously pressing the Power Within a few seconds, your Chromebook will reboot and display a big yellow exclamation mark confirming that you are successful.
- Now press CTRL + D and a new screen with a red exclamation mark will appear. Press Enter to verify that you wish to continue the process. Afterward, you will hear a few noises from your device with the screen flashing. A countdown timer will be displayed on top of the screen.
- Finally, your Chromebook will reboot. You will be prompted to finish the initial setup process again. Remember that now you are in the Developer Mode. So every time you try to boot your device, you will get a warning message reading disk verification is turned off. Wait for roughly 30 seconds and your device will boot.
NOTE: You can disable developer mode by rebooting your device and following some onscreen instructions.
So it is so easy to get night light on Chrome OS. Forget not to move all local files on your device in a safe backup like Google Drive before you get started with the process. The process requires a complete reset of your system and you might end up losing your precious data if not backed up.
With Canary downloaded and installed, you need to click on the system tray and then on the circular moon icon to activate Night Light in Chrome OS.
The feature still lacks settings to fine-tune the intensity or set up a schedule for Night Light to toggle on/off automatically. Google is still working on the feature and you may expect some enhancement in the near future.
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