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Windows has a built-in feature known as Night Light that enables users to use their computers for longer during the night without discomfort. Night light makes the display color warmer which makes it easy to stare at the computer screen when its dark. The night light is recommended especially for users with eye problems. You may encounter an issue where the Windows Night Light won’t work or when its greyed out in the settings. This step by step tutorial has a few methods that will help fix your Windows Night Light feature.
Method #1: Configure your Date, Time and Location settings
For the Windows night light to work, it relies upon the date and time settings to activate appropriately. The location is also a very critical factor that is useful for the Windows night light to work correctly
Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar then find and select the ‘Settings’ as shown in the image below:
Under Windows Settings, select the ‘System’ option as illustrated below:
Highlight ‘Display’ from the left panel then ensure that the Nigh light switch is turned on. You can also configure by hitting the ‘Night Light settings’ as shown below:
NOTE: If the switch is greyed out, i.e., it is inactive, you need to head to method 2.
You now need to go back to the Windows Settings tab and select ‘Time& Language’ option as illustrated below:
Under ‘Date & Time’ ensure that the ‘Set time automatically’ and ‘Set time zone automatically’ are both set to ON. You have successfully configured your Time and Date settings.
You now need to head back to the ‘Windows Settings’ tab and select ‘Privacy’ as shown in the image below:
Select ‘Location’ in the left tab then ensure that the ‘Location service’ is turned ON as shown below.
Now that your date, time and location settings are correct, the Windows night light should be automatically triggered according to the time set in the settings. However, if your night light doesn’t work, you should try method 3
Method #2: Editing the Windows Registry
This method only applies to situations where the night light option is greyed out in the settings.
Press ‘Windows Key + R’ then run ‘regedit’ by clicking ‘OK’ as shown below:
Press ‘CTRL + F’ and paste the path below then click ‘Find Next’.
NOTE: The search operation may not work. You should navigate the path manually
Find the two folders under ‘DefaultAccount’ as shown in the illustration below. You need to delete the two sub-folders then restart your computer. The Windows night light option should now be active.
Method #3: Check the graphics drivers
The Windows Night light is dependant on the graphics card to work correctly. You should follow our recent post on ‘How to update, Roll-Back and uninstall drivers in Windows’.
You can now fix Windows night light not working. What fix worked for you? Please let us know in the comment section below!