Thanks to our cell phones, many of us do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep. In Android P, Google introduced a feature called "Wind Down" to help combat this. But thanks to a creative app developer, we do not have to wait for Android P to use this feature.
Combined with another feature called "Shush," Wind Down is like "Do Not Disturb 2.0." Shush handles notifications to stop the visual distraction, but Wind Down offers the most innovative feature – putting your screen in grayscale mode at bedtime. Popularized by technology ethicist Tristan Harris, the screen is less stimulating and discourages uninterrupted use, especially at night.
Thanks to Michael Schättgen, we no longer have to wait for Android P to enjoy this feature. With the app he has developed, we can simulate the same effect and hopefully phoning late at night.
: Download Color Breeze
The app that gives us access to this feature is called Color Breeze and you can install it for free in the Play Store. Use the following link to download the app to your device:
To enable automatic grayscale, you must use the Color Breeze Provide permission to change the system settings. To do this, you must use ADB commands. If you can not install ADB on your computer, use the following link:
If ADB is installed on your computer, you must enable developer options on your phone and then perform USB debugging. Setting is enabled. Then connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
Next, open a command prompt on your computer and go to the platform-tools folder in your ADB installation directory. Enter cd
C: Program Files (x86) Android android-sdk platform-tools
Next, enter the following command and press enter:
adb shell pm grant com.reverp.colorbreeze android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
There will be no "success message" or anything like that, but if everything works correctly, you'll know when you get the app next check
Now go back to the phone and open the Color Breeze app. On the main page, tap on the "Check Permission Status" button – if everything worked with ADB, you should now go to the settings menu of the app.
Step 3: Turn on automatic shutdown
By default, shutdown is enabled. You can set when the grayscale mode is activated with the "Bedtime" and "Alarm time" options in the main menu. You can even tap Select Days to select which days of the week to use.
Once you have set the parameters, the phone turns on grayscale and stops use when you reach your planned bedtime. In our tests, we noticed that some phones turned on grayscale at bedtime, while others needed a minute or two. The same applies to your waking time, so if you do not turn it on or off immediately, you should give it some time.
Hopefully, Color Breeze will be able to pull you away from your phone at night. Instead of watching another video or enjoying a few minutes on your favorite social media platform, perhaps the lack of color will help you turn off your phone for the night and have a well-deserved break.