How to Get iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode on iPhone XS, iPhone X, and iPhone 8

Night mode on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7

Apple took its own sweet time in adding Night mode to the iPhone but its implementation is better than Samsung and Huawei and rivals Google’s mighty Night Sight mode. However, the new Night mode is limited only to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro which is a bit of a shame. If you own an older iPhone like the iPhone XR, iPhone XS or even the iPhone 7 though, you can get a Night mode-like feature on your device as well.

The catch here is that you won’t be able to get a dedicated Night mode in the stock camera app of your iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, etc. Instead, you will have to rely on a third-party app for this: Neural Cam. Using the app, you will be able to capture photos in low-light scenarios that are at least usable. Depending on which iPhone you are using, the end results could end up surprising you.

The Pros and Cons of using Neural Cam for Night Mode

  • Neural cam supports the telephoto, ultra-wide angle, and the front camera sensor as well. In comparison, Night mode on the iPhone 11 series only supports the primary 12MP camera.
  • There’s a noticeable processing time involved with Neural cam. Depending on how old your phone is, the app can take a few seconds to process a photo after capturing it.
  • The final image resolution will vary depending on how old your iPhone is. The app is only capable of capturing 12MP photos on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. On older iPhones, the image output resolution drops notably.

Get iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8

Step 1: Download Neural Cam ($4.99) from the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 2: Open the app, point it to the scene you want to capture and press the shutter button. Make sure to hold still until the capturing circle is there on the display.

Yep, it’s that simple. You can tap the [A] button and switch to manual focus mode but for most purposes, simply point the Neural cam app to the scene and let it do its job. You can also switch to the front camera in the Neural cam app and take low-light selfies from it.

As for the results, check out the comparison photo below:


In some cases, the results from Neural cam might blow out the highlights or the images might turn out to be pretty dark. However, the developer is constantly working on improving the app and the end results.