Change your screen color at night on a Pixel phone

To save your phone’s battery and to make the screen easier to use in dim light, adjust the screen colors. Your phone’s Dark theme, Night Light, and Grayscale can help you use your phone at night and make it easier to fall asleep.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Automatically darken your phone’s background & apps

To make your phone’s background darker, switch to Dark theme. You can schedule Dark theme to turn on every night.

Important: When you use apps that work with Dark theme, it might extend your phone’s battery life. Apps that don’t work with Dark theme can’t help with battery life. Also, sunset to sunrise scheduling won’t work if you turn off location services.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Dark theme.
  3. Tap Schedule and then Turns on from sunset to sunrise.

To stop Dark theme from turning on automatically, tap Schedule and then None.

Automatically change your screen to Night Light or amber

To make it easier to use your phone in dim light, you can reduce your screen’s blue color. Blue light can make it harder to fall asleep. You can turn your screen red or amber with Night Light, which can help your eyes adjust to night vision more smoothly. 

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Night Light.
  3. To pick start and end times, tap Schedule.
    • To turn on at a custom time, tap Turns on at custom time. Then enter your "Start time" and "End time."
    • To turn on from sunset to sunrise, tap Turns on from sunset to sunrise. Sunset to sunrise scheduling won’t work if you turn off location services.

To stop night mode from turning on automatically, tap Schedule And then None.

Tip: To change your screen color to grayscale, learn about Bedtime mode.

Automatically change your screen to grayscale

To help you wind down at night, you can turn on grayscale. Your screen will be black and white and it will remove all the colors from your screen.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  3. Tap Bedtime mode.
  4. Turn on Bedtime mode.
  5. Turn on Grayscale.

Learn more about Digital Wellbeing controls.

Tip: Dark theme, Night Light, and Grayscale are available as Quick Settings on your phone.

Change your theme yourself

If you want to change the settings on your own, you can turn the themes on or off at any time.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Tap your screen color option:
    • Dark Theme
    • Night Light
  4. Tap Turn on now.

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