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f.lux on macOS
- I have a newer 2013+ Intel GPU on the Mac, and fullscreen video has blue artifacts. What should I do?
This is a video driver bug and not something we can fix directly. For Chrome, one of our amazing users has made an extension that fixes the issue:
VideoFixer for f.lux
- On El Capitan, sometimes my screen is tinted during the day, even after quitting f.lux. How do I fix this?
This is no longer happening for most people as of the 37.7 update. In most other cases, the fix is to disable automatic brightness AND reboot. Look at System Preferences > Displays > Color.
- How do I turn off the "waking up" notifications?
If they are happening at the wrong time, make sure your wake time is set to the right number in "Preferences". If that's no good either, use the Options menu to turn off "Backwards Alarm Clock".
- With f.lux on Mac OS El Capitan (10.11), the display is flickering rapidly when the light changes
This is fixed in the later versions of El Capitan. In older ones, El Capitan has a new automatic brightness feature that conflicts with f.lux on some models. You will need to disable "Automatically adjust brightness" in System Preferences, Displays. Some people may have to reboot after this.
f.lux on Windows
- How do I find or change settings?
Settings are located in a menu to the left of your system clock. In Windows, this is at the bottom right corner of your screen. On a Mac, it's at the upper right.
NOTE: f.lux does not appear in your dock, settings, or your alt-tab menu. Currently settings are only acessible through the taskbar.
- The Windows f.lux UI now shows everytime I reboot. How do I make it hide again?
We made f.lux do this when you haven't set your location yet. Our automatic setting is pretty bad (especially if you don't live in the USA.) Click on the location button and set things up, and f.lux will auto-hide again.
- How do I use the new warmer colors and "Darkroom" mode on Windows?
These features require a small change to your system and a reboot. You can look in the "Lighting at Night" menu and choose "Expand Color Range". f.lux will ask for Administrator access and offer to reboot your PC Now or Later. After your next reboot, you will be able to access more dramatic color changes.
- The colors on Windows changed since the f.lux update. How do I go back?
f.lux v3 started reading your system profile and installing it. The previous version ignored it. If you don't like your profile, you can change it in Control Panel -> Color Management. We recommend finding a profile that displays accurate colors (or one you like) rather than reverting f.lux to an older version.
- What does Safe Mode do on Windows?
Safe Mode does two things: 1. It disables our layered window for compatibility with some older machines. 2. It disables all polling we normally do to ensure that we're the active color profile. Logging in, changing video resolutions, and Administrator (UAC) prompts can all reset f.lux's color changes. With Safe Mode, we do not fix these automatically, in order to minimize the impact we have on the system. If an app resets the colors, you can click on the f.lux icon to have us restore our profile. Transitions (sunrise, sunset) still happen as usual. Use Safe Mode if you think f.lux slows down your computer.
- My cursor is blue on Windows. Why?
This happens when your videocard displays uses a "hardware cursor". Some users have reported that enabling Mouse Trails using a special value in the registry will make the cursor draw in software. See this post on StackExchange for more info.
- How do I dim my desktop monitor?
In Windows f.lux, use the hotkeys Alt-PgDn and Alt-PgUp. (But if you're on a laptop, you should mostly dim your backlight to keep contrast.)
- How do I disable the Windows f.lux hotkeys?
Find the Extras menu, and turn them off there.
- I changed my system profile on Windows and f.lux is using the old one
Yes you should restart f.lux, or wait 10 minutes for us to read it again.
- On Windows XP, the f.lux location dialog does not work. What should I do?
Due to the "Poodle" bug in SSLv3, our server does not allow connections from IE on Windows XP. If you use Chrome or another browser, you can use this map page and paste your location into f.lux instead.
- f.lux is transitioning a few hours early (or late) and I've set my location properly. What do I do?
Check if your clock is correct using our tool here (it should be within 10 seconds usually). This problem usually means your timezone is set to the wrong one. Double-check by clicking on your system clock. When this happens, usually the local time is set so it looks right, but because it's in the wrong timezone, your computer reports that it's several hours ahead or behind where it actually is.
- I installed this but it looks too pink/orange.
On first use, it can take a while to adjust to the halogen settings. Try adjusting the color temperature sliders under Settings until you find one you like. Start with fluorescent or halogen and change it when your eyes adjust. When you disable f.lux, your screen will return to your normal calibration. We're used to looking at very blue computer screens, so it can seem unnatural at first. Most LCD displays are calibrated to display at 6500K, which has even more blue than noon sunlight (5500K).
- One of my monitors is flickering - it shows white and then orange quite frequently. What should I do?
(This answer is PC and Mac when used with non-Apple monitors) Look in the On-Screen Display (OSD) and see if you can turn off DDC/CI (the monitor configuration protocol). Some older monitors did not handle color changes well and would reset to white before accepting new settings. This is fine if you change settings once a month, but not so good if you do it more often like f.lux does.
- When I scroll text with f.lux on, I see a brief red afterimage. Why?
LCDs are faster at doing "gray to gray" color changes than "black to white", and if you imagine how f.lux is changing your blue channel, the transitions that used to be black-to-white are now black-to-gray.
But what's making this worse these days is a number of GPUs and displays are using a technology called Response-Time-Compensation or "Overdrive" to improve the speed of these gray transitions even more (without improving the speed for black to white much at all). Now, the red channel is noticeably "slower" than the blue (because f.lux has made the blue channel faster). So as you scroll black text, you might see some red afterimages on these displays or GPUs.
Our recommendation: turn off overdrive (or reduce the amount of it) using your driver or on-screen-display.
- What is the right color setting for me?
You're at the right color when your monitor screen color looks like the pages of a book under your room lights. We're all used to monitors giving off a 6500K glow, which is even bluer than sunlight. If the default settings of f.lux feel too extreme to you, try setting it to fluorescent, and once your eyes adjust, set it to a warmer temperature. Some studies indicate blue light is beneficial during the day, but late at night it can negatively affect your sleep pattern. Our unofficial study indicates that f.lux makes your computer look nicer in a dark room.
- This changes too fast, it always shocks me.
The f.lux transition can be CPU intensive, so f.lux tries to be polite about it. To make it slow, you can use the special 1-hour slow transition option under settings instead.
- I work nights. How do I flip the day and night settings?
PC f.lux users can unlock the color temperature sliders by holding down the control key while setting your temperature, so night can be swapped with day. We're working on a feature that lets you control time settings more closely.
- How long is Movie Mode and what does it do?
It's 2½ hours. We designed Movie Mode to preserve sky colors and shadow detail, while still providing a warmer color tone. It's not perfect on either count, but it strikes a balance.
- What are the presets in Kelvin?
Warm Incandescent: 2300K
- f.lux doesn't work on Windows 10. Help?
Immediately after upgrading to Windows 10, many machines are using a basic video driver that does not work with f.lux. Windows Update will usually get a better driver (within a day) to a version that works with f.lux. In some cases this does work on its own, so we recommend that you update your drivers with the manufacturer's latest version.
- I installed f.lux but I can't see any change.
Is it past your local sunset time? Just wait, and f.lux will kick in at sunset.
Is your location set correctly under Settings?
Check that your night-time settings are not set to Daylight.
I uninstalled f.lux and my computer is still orange, what gives?
Some users have encountered a problem where f.lux is no longer running but the screen still appears tinted. If you have checked the Processes tab in Task Manager and there is no f.lux process present, this means another program has absorbed the f.lux color profile. The workaround to restore your screen to its normal profile is as follows: Reinstall f.lux. In the Settings Menu, set both the Night and Daytime sliders to daylight. After 24 hours, any other programs should have re-absorbed the new profile, and you may uninstall f.lux with no more changed colors.
- F.lux makes my mouse stutter, makes my computer slow, or it doesn't seem to change my colors at all.
Most problems like this can be fixed by updating your video drivers.
Try one of these links: NVIDIA drivers,
AMD Radeon drivers,
- Uh oh, my Surface Pro 3 is freezing! (or my Intel-based laptop is slow with f.lux).
Early-2014 Intel HD Windows 8.1 drivers have some bugs that give problems with f.lux, and you may not have the latest one (Surface Pro 3 does not as of September 2014). To make sure you have the latest:
- Run Device Manager and navigate to Display Adapters : Intel HD Graphics Family. Pick the "Driver" Tab.
- Check which version you have. If it's less than 10.18.10.3907, you'll want to update (the early-2014 drivers that end with "3412" up to "3621" can cause slowdowns and crashes with f.lux).
- Download a new intel driver here: Intel HD drivers
If using a "standard" Intel video card, just get the EXE and install it. You're done!
If using a Surface Pro 3 or "customized" OEM driver, pick the ZIP download so we can force the install.
- If you picked the ZIP, unzip it and then:
- Back in Device Manager, click "Update Driver" and "Browse my computer..."
- Choose the Downloads folder and the zip folder you just extracted.
- If Windows refuses this new driver, you should Uninstall and Delete the existing driver and start again from step #1. Windows will use its basic driver in the interim (you won't be without video.)
- Ok, but CCC.exe on my AMD Radeon card is still using 1% CPU all the time, and I don't want that.
The Catalyst Control Center is an optional component that can be uninstalled, and you might consider doing this if you're not frequently adjusting your settings for gaming or other reasons. Use Add/Remove Programs, and choose "AMD Catalyst Install Manager" to proceed.
Do not uninstall the Install Manager, but instead use it to uninstall Catalyst Control Center. In our test, this didn't even require a reboot. Also, leave a note on this page (with the driver version) so we can report it to AMD.
- My Macbook Pro is having trouble with f.lux, and it flashes sometimes.
On dual-GPU machines we write an ICC profile in order to make the "switch" between video cards more seamless. In some older machines, and every so often, this doesn't work so well. To read about how this system works and turn it off if you want, check out our description here:
Notes about f.lux changes to ICC profiles.
If your Macbook is crashing due to switching between cards, or just to understand when it happens, a really great workaround is to download gfxCardStatus and use only one of the two video cards.
- I use Shades on my Mac, and f.lux is fighting with it.
Users have reported flashing and flickering when using these together. We recommend you only use one of these programs at a time.
- I can't drag the program to the Trash on my Mac.
First quit f.lux from the Settings menu, to the left of your system clock.
- I adjusted my color / gamma settings using Windows "Calibrate Display" or NVIDIA's controls and f.lux removes them. Can you keep these settings and use f.lux?
Unfortunately, these systems do not write their settings in a format that f.lux can access (we read VCGT headers only). For better results, we recommend the use of hardware calibrators such as the very good x-rite i1 Display or ColorMunki Display, which write settings in standard ICC files that f.lux can read. If you don't have access to a device like this, you might find a suitable profile for your display online at the TFT Central Monitor Settings Database.
Several people have reported that QuickGamma works well and produces good profiles that f.lux can read.
If you use a Spyder, the software profile loader may cause f.lux to flash periodically. You can disable the Spyder software on startup, and use f.lux instead to load the profile. Also, when you're calibrating a display, you'll want to do the opposite and quit f.lux before you do.
- My ASUS laptop is flickering for a minute after startup.
See if you can find an "ASUS Splendid Video Enhancement" feature and uninstall it.
- My Sony VAIO is flashing every time it wakes up.
See if you can find a "Color Mode Setting" in Vaio Control Center > Display, and change it to "Do not apply color mode".
- I have a new tablet (e.g., a Dell Latitude 10 or an ATIV 500T) that does nothing when I run f.lux. Is there a way to make f.lux work?
These Atom-based machines use the PowerVR SGX545, a mobile-class video card that doesn't currently support color controls. We've had many reports of failures with this chipset, so right now we don't anticipate a better result.
- I have a DisplayLink USB monitor adapter. Is there a way to make f.lux work for this display?
DisplayLink has no support for color calibration, so f.lux can't make changes to DisplayLink monitors. Unfortunately, you can only use f.lux today on displays that are directly connected to your computer. (e.g., it usually won't work over remote desktop either.)
- Since upgrading to Windows 10 Anniversary, my non-DisplayLink screen is flashing a lot, but only when I have my USB monitor or docking station plugged in
Yes, we had a bug that caused this and the main build has been updated (v3.12). Please get an updated build here.
- My PC's Anti-Virus program flagged f.lux as malware.
As long as you've downloaded f.lux from this site, you don't have any malware. Every once in a while we get flagged as a potential threat due to the nature of our installer and updater. If this happens to you, please send us a note with your anti-virus program and details and we will contact them for review.
- Something else is going wrong with f.lux for Windows
We always recommend updating video drivers as a first line of defense. If you're experiencing flickering or problems, please upgrade your drivers. If that doesn't work, we love to fix bugs. Please send us a note with information on your operating system, video card, and any other information that might be helpful to us.
- iOS: Why do I need Location Services enabled?
f.lux uses Location Services to determine the time of your local sunrise and sunset. In the future we will include an option to choose times manually.
- Why isn't f.lux available in the Apple App Store? I don't want to / can't jailbreak my device.
We would love to make f.lux available for all iOS devices. To make f.lux work on iOS, we've had to go outside the bounds of what apps are normally allowed to do. Currently, iOS does not allow developers to access the Private APIs we need to make f.lux work on iOS.
Apple values their customers' feedback, so if you have a minute to let them know how f.lux has helped you, and that you'd like to see it available for all iOS devices, send a note at iPhone feedback or iPad feedback.
- When is the Android version coming out?
f.lux on Android requires a rooted phone, but it's on the play store here.
- Can I use f.lux on my work computer?
Yes, with the knowledge and permission of your employer. Our EULA allows users to download and use the software on work machines. However, no mirroring or automatic installs are allowed. We will provide a site license (for a nominal fee) with control of updates and other features in the future.
- Plenty of things already change the brightness of my screen. Why is this different?
f.lux changes the color temperature of your display. Natural light is more blue, while most artificial light (including candlelight) is warmer. Incandescent bulbs, which we're all used to, become more red in tone when you dim them. But newer LEDs and CFLs don't - this includes the backlight on your monitor. If you're a photographer, you've probably dealt with this, since pictures taken inside at night are always much more brown than photos outside.
- Isn't this exactly the same as the Macbook ambient light sensor?
No, though they do work together nicely. The ambient light sensor measures the brightness of the light in your room and adjusts the brightness of your screen based on that. f.lux changes the color of your screen and warms it up according to the type of light you're using and the time of day.
f.lux doesn't use ambient brightness to adjust colors. You might be in a dark room with very cool light, you wouldn't really want your monitor to look warm, but you would want your display to look dimmer. We've found that when your screen colors match the color of your ambient light correctly, you don't need to adjust monitor brightness as much.
- What is color temperature, exactly?
The term color temperature is a way to numerically describe how much red or blue light is illuminating a room. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins, and is determined by the kind of light you're using.
Confusingly, warmer (more red) light sources are described in lower degrees Kelvin. Compared to indoor lighting, daylight is cool - very blue. A candle is around 1800K, while a sunny day might be 6000K. An overcast day is more blue, so it might be around 7000K.
Most computer monitors display around 6500K. If you are using incandescent task lights behind your computer, those are around 3000K.
- I'm a designer / photographer / artist so I can't use f.lux. This isn't for me!
f.lux was created by people who care a lot about accuracy in colors. We know you want to make sure your colors are perfect so there is an option to disable f.lux for 1 hour at a time (for example, while using Photoshop). This setting returns your screen to its normal settings. In the future we plan to allow automatic disabling of f.lux when you launch certain programs. f.lux is not designed for use during advanced color work, but it's fine for layout or HTML.
Installing & Uninstalling
- Click the f.lux Windows download link.
- Run the installer and the f.lux settings page will appear.
- Enter your location and select the type of lighting in your room at night.
- If you find flux.exe running and do not want it:
- Go to the Start Menu > Add/Remove Programs > Uninstall f.lux
- Click the f.lux Mac download link.
- Click the zip file to expand it
- Double click the "Flux" application in your Finder window.
- Enter your location, and select the type of lighting in your room at night.
- Go to the f.lux Settings panel (to the left of your system clock)
- Choose "Quit f.lux"
- In Finder, select and delete the f.lux app.
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