A new update that Android never has before

Turn Off the Lights for Android update with video from Barack ObamaToday is new update online with few improvements and bug fixes. To get this app go to the Turn Off the Lights Google Play store. If you already installed the app on your phone or tablet go and open the Google Play Store app. Touch the Google Play Store Menu Icon > My Apps. And tap on the “Update” label.

What’s new in Turn Off the Lights for Android v1.0.0.4:

Boom, and I’m on the other side of the layer
In the material design setting flyout of the Turn Off the Lights Android app, you can now enable the option to tap through the black layer. When the Turn Off the Lights layer is active on the web page, you can tap on each hyperlink below this dark layer. If you want to undim this page, you must tap just back on the white lamp button. This feature is known also as the code “superman” in the Turn Off the Lights browser extension.

Eye Protection
Whether you are on a New York Times or on the YouTube website. Now you have the option to dim everything automatically if you open a new tab in the app. This feature is default disable for new users, but can easily enable it in the setting page of the Turn Off the Lights android app.

Incognito mode
Also in the Turn Off the Lights app you have the possibility to open the page in the incognito mode. That is a mode where it doesn’t save your browser history and cookies. And it leaves no trace behind when you close the app.

Did you know this android app is a free app, to support our work, please share this news and if you can make a donation of any amount. We appreciate this very much. If you want more languages support or see the translation is not complete. You can update this on the Turn Off the Lights translation project page.

It’s finally here for your Android device

The mobile users is growing every day, this is what Google said on the Google I/O 2015. And in most countries, it’s even the number one group that’s connected on the internet.

But how many times do you read a news or blog post on your mobile device? And that at night. The change is big, they all have a white background. And there is no way you can darker this screen, even if you set your screen on the lower display level.

We happy to announce that Turn Off the Lights is available on the Google Play store.  It’s a dark mobile web browser, with the white lamp button right of the address bar. It has the same concept as on the desktop browser such as Google Chrome and Firefox. This to focus the HTML5 video player and to dark the rest on the web page.

Turn Off the Lights on an Android device. On the YouTube website with the lights off Turn Off the Lights on an Android device. On the YouTube website with the lights on

Design and user-friendly

This app everything you need just like a regular browser: tabs, history to browser to a previous web page, bookmarks for your favorite links, Google search (or you can use Bing or Duck Duck), and an incognito mode to browser privately. Everything is designed to search and browse the web at night, with the use of the Google material principle.

Power and Speed

Internet is all about the speed, and the Turn Off the Lights app for your android device have the latest webkit rendering engine. That is the same as in the popular Google Chrome web browser.

If you want to give Turn Off the Lights a whirl, it’s available now as a free app. You need only an android device version 4.4 and up. It support the following android device: Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia, Karbonn, Micromax, MTS, Gionee.

Your satisfaction is our top priority

If you have a question or feedback for us, don’t hesitate to contact us on www.turnoffthelights.com/support. We support all our users and we promise a 100% satisfaction. This browser extension is all build up by users like you.

Interview: Meet the Author and developer of Turn Off the Lights

Interview: Meet the Author – Turn Off the Lights

Have you ever heard about Turn Off the Lights, a hugely useful and at the same time very popular Chrome extension? I bet you did. To follow up the interview with Speed Dial 2 developer we got in touch with Stefan Van Damme to discuss his Turn Off the Lights extension which in fact was one the first Chrome extensions that has been made available for download back in 2010.

Stefan, how did you come up with the core idea to darken the web page background?
Long time ago YouTube had a gray lamp button on the top of its video player. And I was thinking what about the other video websites. Is there a solution online that can easily with click of one lamp button dim the web page on all websites and highlight the video player?

Since the first opening of the Chrome extension gallery in December 2009 I have created the Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension. The extension showed a gray lamp button in the omnibox of the Google Chrome browser. On that day all Chromie users could dim the web page and automatically highlight the video player on every website. It has worked for all known video sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Hulu, Metacafe, YouKu, etc.

How much time consuming the development was and did you face any technical difficulties prior its official release?
It took less than 1 hour to develop the first public release of Turn Off the Lights. But for every new release it takes more time to design and create it correctly for the users. Also do not forget that the extension is all built up from the feedback of my users.

Turn Off the Lights extension is very popular, I am wondering how did the launch of this extension look like? I.e. were there any marketing tactics implemented?
Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension was one of the first extensions in the Chrome extension gallery, together with the adBlock extension from Michael Gundlach. Later that year Google Chrome UK team created a promotional video of the Chrome browser and mentioned couple of extensions in a TV commercial, the Turn Off the Lights extension got covered in the video.

The only marketing feature within my Turn Off the Lights extension is a share button visible in the option’s page.

Would you mind revealing some new and extra features that will be included within the next updates?
On May 5th I have released three amazing features in the Turn Off the Lights v3. The v3 stands for version three of this project but also for the three new innovative features that have been included within the extension. The first newly introduced feature is the Atmosphere Lighting (feature #1) – vivid mode.

This feature generates light effects around the YouTube (HTML5) video player that corresponds to the video content. That makes the video even more beautiful and lively at the same time.

Speech Recognition (feature #2) When you enabled this feature in the option’s page you can talk to my browser lamp in your own local language. Example: you can say “turn off the lights”, and “play video”. Automatically the Chrome extension understands the commands and does these actions.

Camera Motion (feature #3) In order to get this feature working you need to enable your webcam device. And as you move your hand from top to bottom of your camera device it automatically slides a dark translucent layer down on the current web page. Turn Off the Lights is the only and the first browser extension that has enabled these features, all of them have been developed to improve the entertainment and the online watching experience. And the best of all is that the users can download this browser extension for free.

Is your Turn Off the Lights add-on available only for Chrome or do you also support other browsers?
Yes, Turn Off the Lights is available for all know browsers such as: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Maxthon and the Yandex web browser. And if you want this extension also on your Surface, then you can download the Turn Off the Lights app in the Windows Store.

Here is a place to introduce any other browser extensions that you and your team have developed, feel free to talk about all of them (in case there are any of course 🙂 )
Ambient Aurea
Photography users love the atmospheric video lighting effect that the Turn Off the Lights extension creates but they also want to use this for online images. So I rewritten the engine code and created a new extension for images only.

Proper Menubar

Since Google removed the top black bar many users were complaining about the new design of the Google website. So within 1 hour I have created this extension to show the original black bar on top of Google.com. But with more great features inside including the ability to change the color of the bar, to show more or less links in the bar, etc.

Aurora Player

My users love the atmospheric lighting effect on YouTube player, but they also want to use it for their own favorite videos that are stored on their computers. Therefore I have created the Aurora Player Windows Store app. It allows users to watch their favorite videos on the desktop itself or on the go with the Surface tablet.

What do you think about Chrome Web Store, its future and its policy regarding buggy and malware extensions?
Every month I am noticing bad Chrome extensions or just simply fake extensions which use property from other companies. And it takes almost a week to remove such extensions. Google must act better like other major companies do. For example the Apple team self verifies the applications prior they are published publically, even in case of single app updates. Everything is kept safe and according to the App Store guidelines. That is my vision how Google should improve his Chrome Web Store.

Our readers are always keen to read the tips regarding the new extensions. What are your favorite ones and why?
My favorite extension is the Panic Button from hidemyass.com which by no doubt belongs to developers that make a great extension in the privacy category. It hides Chrome tabs in one click. It is the same as my extension, one click idea for everything.

You can get the Turn Off the Lights extension here: https://www.turnoffthelights.com