Here’s the complete updated User Guide to Iris that will help you to use it without any problems. 🙂
Iris is a software for eye protection, health and productivity in front of digital devices.
Read about the creator of Iris here: “Hi! Who am I and a little bit about the creation of Iris” and the story of Iris here: “The story of Iris“.
You can click install to download Iris – it automatically detects your OS and should start the download.
You can also scroll down to see the instructions for installation.
For iOS click here – iOS
For Linux Ubuntu click here – Linux Ubuntu
For Windows 7 click here – Windows 7
For Windows 10 click here – Windows 10
For Iris Pro we have two lifetime licenses – one without future updates (you can only use it on the version you’ve installed at the time of your purchase) and one that comes with future updates (whenever a new version comes out you can switch to it) – check them out here – Buy Iris.
For Iris Mini we also have a lifelong license without updates – you can see it here – Buy Iris Mini.
If you don’t want to buy through PayPal you can buy through 2checkout with a debit or credit card – Buy with a card.
We also have monthly and yearly subscriptions for 1PC or up to 5 devices that can be used for both Iris and Iris Mini – check them out here – Subscription.
After you pay for Iris you should receive a confirmation email that contains an activation code.
You have to enter that activation code into the program. See here for a visual guide – How to activate Iris.
This solely depends on how much you want to interact with the program and adjust your own settings.
If you want to have all the freedom in the world to make your own custom preset and have all the fun and cool Iris features, pick the regular Iris – it comes with a 7-day free trial and you can buy it after that (see How to buy Iris section).
If you don’t really want to hassle much and just want a couple of pre-made modes install Iris Mini – it’s a minimalistic version of Iris.
Iris Micro is the super small, super fast, command line version of Iris, it’s practically invisible.
Iris Vision is a software for the color blind.
For more information about each model refer to What features does Iris have section.
When you need to reinstall your device or Iris, or you’ve changed device you have to revoke your code in order to be able to use it again.
That’s because when you use the code on a certain machine it ‘attaches to it’ and you need to ‘detach’ it so to speak.
You can write to us at email@example.com to do it for you, or you can register in our user panel – see User Panel section for more information.
To revoke your license you can register with the email connected to your license in our User Panel here – User Panel.
After you register in Licenses -> Move license -> enter the activation code and it will be revoked.
Then you need to enter the activation code into the new device – see How to activate Iris section.
If you’ve bought the basic Iris license without updates the code also attaches to the specific version you first used after activating.
If you have to reinstall or move devices you need to download the same version you used before or your code won’t work.
To see what version you’re using go to Advanced settings in Iris -> scroll to the very bottom -> About menu.
Click here – Iris Changelog, to find an older version of Iris.
Iris has two views – Simple and Advanced.
In Simple view you can choose from preset Modes and Types (read more about them in the Modes and Types section), see your location, turn on/off your rest timer and if you haven’t activated the Pro version you’ll also see a field to enter an activation code.
In Advanced view there are many settings you can manually adjust to fit your preferences. Here we will take a look at them all one by one. Additionally you can click on the blue ‘i’ button on the side of every menu to be redirected to a help page.
Blue light – From here you can adjust the amount of blue light emitted by your screen.
Color temperature – Adjust the temperature of the light emitted by your screen, additional to the blue light menu, the warmer the better.
Brightness – Adjust the brightness, make sure it’s appropriate for your environment.
Sleep – You can adjust specific values for blue light and color temperature for certain hours of the day/night.
Location – Add your location for the Automatic mode to know when is day and night.
Settings – From here you can select autosave for settings and turn on/off the low-level color API.
Timer – The timer makes sure you take breaks once in a while, you can change the duration between breaks, of breaks, and turn the timer on and off.
Manage monitors – From this menu, you can choose settings if you have more than one monitor connected to your computer.
Lightness – Lightness allows you to highlight (light-up) only a certain part of your screen.
Saturation – Adjust, turn on/off the saturation.
Transition – You can set the duration of different smooth transitions, some people like instant transition why others prefer the transition to be several hours.
Moon – There is a slight shift during the night depending on if it’s happening during a Full Moon or a New Moon. Iris takes that into account and automatically adjusts to it but from this setting, you can change and customize it the way you want it to be.
Screen effects – With Color Temperature you can lower the blue light, but with Screen effects you can apply more complex color effects to the screen.
Color scheme – You can select one of the color presets that control how the different values of Color Temperature and Brightness are displayed on the screen.
Fonts – You can choose different system wide font rendering, beautiful font rendering works with font smoothing and blurring which is bad for the eyes.
Magnification – You can magnify just a section of your screen, for example to see text better or when watching some youtube videos that aren’t full screen.
System – From here you can choose to hide the taskbar and start Iris on start-up.
Shortcuts – See the shortcuts for different settings to use Iris faster.
Color pausers – Color pausers are way to pause Iris color changes when certain programs are running. This is useful when you use programs like Photoshop and want to automatically pause Iris they’re running.
Timer pausers – Timer pausers are a way to pause the timer when certain programs are running. This is useful when you watch movies for example and don’t want the rest screen to appear and interrupt.
Mouse pausers – If you’ve chosen to use the software mouse or need to see the actual color of the mouse cursor you can pick certain programs that will pause the effects of Iris on the mouse.
Screen overlay – Screen overlay is special blue light reduction and chromotherapy filter.
Color triggers – The opposite of color pausers, you can add some programs to trigger a certain color change when turned on.
Artificial intelligence (AI) – You can enable some really nice features and innovations, some of them use the camera and are disabled by default.
Invite friends – From here you can invite friends, sync and re-check invitations. For more information on how to invite friends check out the Friend invites section.
Features – From this menu you can turn on and off different other menus – for example when you’re not using something and don’t want it to show up.
Hidden features – for information see Hidden features section.
Language – Change the language of the program. Is your language missing? Become a translator.
Debug – Information about your settings and device you can send to us in case of any problems.
About – You can see your software version from here.
Iris Mini is the minimalistic version of Iris. It doesn’t have a user interface, just a taskbar icon on which you can right-click and see the menu.
In the free version, you’ll see the three preset modes – Automatic, Manual and Paused (read more about them in the Modes and Types section).
In the Pro version, you can see additional settings for brightness and color temperature.
Read more about the Mini here: Iris Mini.
Iris Micro is the smallest Iris model – it’s literally just a command line.
Read more about it here: Iris Micro.
Iris Vision is a software for the color blind.
It’s free to use and has three presets – Deuteranopia, Protanopia and Tritanopia.
If you want you can also buy Vision Pro and make your own personalised mode.
Read more about Vision here: Vision.
You can register in our user panel here: Register to safe keep and manage your license.
In the side panel, you can see the Trials and Licenses menus.
To revoke your code and move your license to a new computer go to Licenses -> Move License -> enter the code and click on the button OR go to Licenses -> My licenses -> on the row of the license you want to move at the end there’s the same button you can click on to move the license.
If you want to connect your license to a different email or want to claim a license created by an admin as your own go to Licenses -> License is missing -> enter the activation code.
If the license was created by an admin it will automatically appear as claimed.
If it’s connected to a different email you will receive a confirmation mail in the email that the license is connected to.
There are two places where you can start/stop the rest timer.
In Simple view at the bottom where it says Timer you can choose from the fall down menu off.
In Advanced view -> Timer -> Timer type -> choose Off from fall down menu.
Advanced view -> System menu -> Check start Iris startup
If you don’t see any changes on your second monitor go to Advanced view -> Settings menu -> uncheck Use low-level Color API.
Then go to Advanced view -> Manage Monitors and you can adjust the settings for each monitor.
Check this article for visual guide: “Manage Monitors Page“
Advanced view -> Settings menu -> Reset settings to default or Reset colors.
Or go into the Blue light and Color temperature menus and reset them from there.
Advanced view -> System menu -> Uncheck Hide Taskbar icon on close
You can become an affiliate of Iris to support us and earn money at the same time.
After registering you’ll receive a unique link – when someone buys Iris through your link they’ll get a 10% discount and you’ll receive a 20% commission.
See how to become an affiliate here: Affiliates.
We also offer bulk deal discounts if you want to buy many licenses at the same time.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make you a personalized offer.
You can invite friends and both of you will receive one month of Iris Pro free. You can invite as many friends as you want.
Check this article for more information on how to invite friends, sync invites, get your one month and in the newest version you can also recheck your invitation: How to invite friends.