Android 7.0 (Nougat) is rolling out for Nexus and Pixel customers now, but one of the features that’s been removed is Night Mode. Night Mode is designed to ease eye strain and help the brain to relax by warming the color palette or shifting it away from blue light. This is because blue light is the most melatonin-suppressive, and melatonin is a hormone that prepares the body for sleep. In other words, exposing oneself to blue light in the evening causes the body to not produce enough of the hormone that starts to send us to sleep.
Google had included a night mode in builds of Android Nougat but in the consumer release version, it cannot be toggled and so it seems that it is not available. However, it turns out that Night Mode can still be used and toggled, but it’s fiddly in order to show the icon. Developer Mike Evans has created a free application that very simply restores the Night Mode toggle back into the Android 7.0 Nougat notification tray, although it is a little fiddly to set up as arguably befits something of a workaround for the missing feature. The new app, called “Night Mode Enabler,” guides the user through setting up the device in order to be able to use the toggle.
When launching Night Mode Enabler, the user is guided through the process of enabling the System UI Tunes by long-pressing the Settings icon available from the notification pull down menu. Once this is open, jump back to the Night Mode Enabler and a single new button has appeared that’s called “Enable Night Mode.” Tap this and you are sent to the Night Mode menu. From here, you can drag the toggle to where you need it but be aware that the button itself does not toggle Night Mode. Instead, you must tap the screen to the left of the toggle. So yes; activating Night Mode on Android 7.0 Nougat is a little fiddly and could be improved in the weeks and months to come. There’s a YouTube clip embedded below to guide you through the process and if you are one of the lucky few with Android 7.0 Nougat, but are missing Night Mode, head through the link below.