I find myself changing render effects a lot on my Nexus One. During the day brightness is ok, but to read on bed it's extremely bright even on the lowest setting.

I find that going to options, cyanogen, interface (why not under display?), render effects, and selecting either night mode or blue works wonders. Even if still too bright, it's worlds better than before.

But going to that menu all the time is a pain. Is there a widget or a patch to add to the notifications power bar or something?

  • @ce4 just looked at the activities list. the best bet is a link to CM options that take me directly to the interface page. so, a little better, but not a huge improvement. Went from 7 "clicks" to 4~5 (depending if the new shortcut is on the last home or you have to press Home twice to find it)
    – gcb
    Aug 7, 2012 at 20:50
  • how did i miss that?!?! probably because i have 200 garbage items on the widget list :) awesome man, thanks. and that was a huge Ooops on my part.
    – gcb
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:16
  • No problem, I overlook things too. Made this an answer... better suited. If you want, you can remove these obsolete comments, I already did so too...
    – ce4
    Aug 9, 2012 at 21:57

2 Answers 2


I reinstalled CM7 on a spare HTC Desire to check the procedure:

  1. Long press on spare space of homescreen
  2. Select "Widgets"
  3. Select "RenderFX widget"
  4. Choose color (night, red, etc.)
  5. Place Widget.

Results in a toggle switch widget:

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  • here they are called "RenderFX Widget" on #3 and have the cm7 icon in the widget list. thanks again!
    – gcb
    Aug 10, 2012 at 0:04

There are different apps to change rendering effects, I think, and there's also an app to dim your screen way more if you're rooted: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.pruss.superdim

Otherwise, CyanogenMod does not have widgets for this. I think certain custom launchers (such as LauncherPro or ADWLauncher) have the option to create shortcuts to certain activities, so you could possibly add a shortcut straight to the render effects menu.

  • nexus one can't dim more than CM7.1 already dims it. unfortunately. Render effects are my only hope. ...Think i will have to delve into the code (which i never looked before) and expose the render effects to some activity.
    – gcb
    Aug 7, 2012 at 18:52

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