[APP][2.3+] Lux Auto Brightness

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My rooted Honor 9 recently updated to EMUI 9 (Pie) and since then Lux hasn't been working right. I want it to adjust brightness when woken up, but it only does this when the phone is on the home screen, and even then it doesn't always seem to do this. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, but still no luck. Are there any changes I can make in settings, like enabling plugin support or changing polling rate?
Have you tried:

I was also having issues with Lux, velis has been more reliable even though it's also an old app that hasn't been updated for 3 years

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Jul 31, 2019
Have you tried:

I was also having issues with Lux, velis has been more reliable even though it's also an old app that hasn't been updated for 3 years

Tried after your message. It is really excellent though not updated. Something must be found which is being actively developed as Google pushes major changes to Android very quickly and going with non updated apps will sooner or later leave us poorer to using stock original options.
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Mar 10, 2009
Anybody know of a replacement app so far? This one is getting no updates and not working properly with Android 10 at all.


Aug 12, 2003
Updating lux

I just wish Lux was updated so it works correctly with Android 10. I have not found a better brightness control and android seems to think 20‰ adjustment is good ?


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Jan 6, 2012
Does anyone know if it's possible for this app to work on android 10? Otherwise, are there any brightness control apps that have the same "ascendingly" feature of Lux? I would like the brightness to go up automatically but not go down unless the screen turns off.
Tried after your message. It is really excellent though not updated. Something must be found which is being actively developed as Google pushes major changes to Android very quickly and going with non updated apps will sooner or later leave us poorer to using stock original options.

Velis is much better app. Frequent updates is a sign of app not much reliable. Velis works with basic Android resources and light sensor so updates not needed to screw experience. Lately this Jan 2021 there came an update hope it is still reliable.

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    Lux - The Original Android Auto-Brightness App

    So I thought I should make an XDA thread for Lux, over a year after releasing it to the Play Store!

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    If you have any issues or suggestions, please add them to the public issue tracker found here. Be sure to search first, duplicated issues will not work in your favour.

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      - Cubic interpolation
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      - Manual sunrise location input
      - Control Dashboard slider with vol. keys
      - Fade duration/step
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    • Update to 1.06 released to Play Store!
      - Automatic night mode (uses location for sunset/sunrise).
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      - Enhanced dashboard and notification UI
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    • Update to 0.76 released to Play Store!
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    • Update to 0.74 released to Play Store!
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      - Added ignore 0 lux option
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    • Update to 0.70 released to Play Store!
      - New 'ascending' automatic mode for zero jitter!
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      - Improved efficiency
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      - Adjustable night mode
      - Improved persistence (Android won't kill it!)
      - Fixed Nexus 7 255 luma bug
      - Fixed Tasker 'on wake' revert bug
      - Compat. mode is now known as 'sleep mode'
      - Night Mode now default Dashboard action (hold for Astro. mode)
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    App Description

    Lux isn't your ordinary brightness app. It intelligently adjusts the brightness of your display based on the environment you're in. If, for example, you step into a dimly lit room, Lux will automatically lower the brightness of your display to make it not only comfortable to read, but to also preserve battery power.
    Lux provides the option to automatically adjust the backlight at fixed intervals (periodic mode), when a change in environment is detected (dynamic mode), or when the phone wakes from sleep. It's also possible to adjust the backlight manually. Simply disable automatic mode and you can use it like a traditional brightness tool!
    Perhaps the best thing about Lux is that you can teach it how to behave. If the backlight is too bright or dim for your liking, simply open the provided Dashboard, adjust the brightness slider to the level you desire, then hold the link button. Lux will use this new 'link' as a reference in future.

    Give it a go! I want you to test Lux for more than the 15 minute refund period offered by Google. I understand that some devices may not have the best quality light sensor, and that you may need more time to play around with settings. If you find that Lux doesn't suit you after the 15 minutes is up, you can request a refund at any time via e-mail - no questions asked.

    ■ Custom auto brightness.
    ■ Sub-zero brightness to make reading in the dark significantly less irritating.
    ■ Battery efficient
    ■ Handy brightness widget
    ■ Option to use the camera to read in ambient light.
    ■ Power-user settings such as choice of interpolation, sensor debugging, and linked sample editing.
    ■ Backup to SD.
    ■ 'Ascending' auto mode for phones with inaccurate light sensors.
    ■ Gradual fade for backlight adjustments.
    ■ Astronomer mode adds a red filter to the screen to preserve the eyesight of stargazers.
    ■ Jitter control to prevent constant small changes to the backlight.
    ■ Automatic night mode, to change the colour temperature of the display for comfortable night time viewing.
    ■ Add app specific exceptions via sleep mode
    ■ No ads, or other nuisances.
    ■ Tasker and Locale support!
    Note: Please disable other brightness apps before using Lux. The author is not liable for any issues caused when using this app.

    TAKE PICTURES AND VIDEOS: Used to read in luma values, if camera input is selected.
    DRAW OVER OTHER APPS: Required for night/astro mode.
    READ PHONE STATE: Required to prevent Lux from interfering with phone controls in Android 4.1.
    MODIFY SYSTEM SETTINGS: Brightness is a system setting, as is toggling the default auto brightness.
    RETRIEVE RUNNING APPS: Required to make the 'sleep list' functionality work, so Lux can disable itself when certain apps are in the foreground.
    COARSE LOCATION: Required to automatically calculate sunrise/sunset times.
    IN APP BILLING: Required for purchasing future device specific root only plug-ins, to enhance functionality.
    Lux Low-Level Plug-ins

    Soon Lux will support plug-ins to bypass Android API limitations. These plug-ins serve to replace the overlay system Lux uses to make adjustments for Night/Astronomer modes and brightness in general. The plug-in library is free to use for non-commercial development, and can be found here:

    Lux Plug-in Library | Nexus 4 Sample Plug-in Code

    How to make a plug-in

    There are two approaches to making a plug-in for Lux. The passive and the active method. The former is as easy as providing a set of superuser commands for Lux to interpret and apply. These command correlate to functions such as setting pixel RGB or brightness levels. This is the type of plug-in the Nexus 4 sample linked above takes.
    The active method requires you produce your own code to perform RGB/brightness adjustments. This might include importing a device specific library to do the heavy lifting, and then returning empty superuser commands back to Lux.

    Getting Started

    Simply import the Lux Plug-in Library source into your IDE as an Android Library Project, and then create a new Android app which extends PassiveDisplay.java.

    PassiveDisplay provides hooks into Lux's plug-in framework, which you can use to provide superuser commands for Lux to execute. These commands correlate to functions such as setting RGB values. Take a look at the sample Nexus 4 project to see how it's all done.
    Finally, in your new project's AndroidManifest.xml file, add the following:

            android:label="@string/app_name" >
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            android:exported="true" >
                <action android:name="com.vitocassisi.lux.plugin.search" />
            android:exported="true" >
                <action android:name="[B]YOUR_PACKAGE_NAME_HERE[/B]" />

    Be sure to replace YOUR_PACKAGE_NAME_HERE with the name of your plug-in's package, and MY_PLUGIN with your extended PassiveDisplay class.

    And that's it! Now you're ready to test!

    Enabling Plug-In support within Lux

    To enable plug-in support, you must check 'Enable plug-in support' in the Advanced section of Lux settings. Enabling this option forfeits all responsibility of mine for any issues caused while using Lux. Plug-in's can cause very real damage to your device if they're written incorrectly - don't use plug-ins from sources you don't trust!
    Testing your plug-in
    Testing is critical for creating a good plug-in. You are dealing directly with system files, and can easily cause damage if you do not know what you're doing.


    Ensure that the following work with your plug-in installed:
    • Astronomer Mode
    • Night Mode
    • General brightness adjustment
    • Lux readings functional

    Modifying system files on the wrong model/kernel may cause irreversible issues!

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    You may not use this library except in compliance with the following:
        - It cannot be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances, unless explicit permission is granted in writing from the author.
        - Modifications to this library may not be distributed.
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    distributed under this licence is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
    WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
    Lux v1.99.8 released (staged rollout)

    - Added CF.lumen support (don't need CF.lumen active, just install the driver). Acts as a plug-in for all Android 4.4+ devices. Please buy the pro version to support his work.
    - System autobrightness enabled during calls
    - Option to shake at lockscreen to increase brightness
    - Option to prevent drop in brightness in landscape
    - Enforced persistent notification, added system removal method
    - Fixed dashboard width issue
    - Fixed notification priority resetting at boot
    - Misc. fixes
    Hey everyone. Sorry to hear that people are having issues with the paid version. I'm working on hotfixes at the moment. A lot of these bugs don't appear on my test devices, which is why regressions happen seemingly randomly. I'm working hard on finding a reliable way to reproduce and test these issues to prevent this happening again.
    Apologies to everyone for not being around lately. I've been answering support via email.

    A new release is rolling out on the market to 5% of users. Please use the 'Send Feedback' button in Lux preferences if you experience issues. Also, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.