iPhone Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper

AntonisCy

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Can someone please explain what this option does in the wallpaper menu in settings? I currently have it disabled.

I enabled it but noticed no difference whatsoever.

What does it do and when is it supposed to work?

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AntonisCy

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It’s more noticeable with Apple’s own wallpapers than third-party ones. See attached photos.
I understand the the wallpaper changes to a darker one once you change from light mode to dark mode. But i dont understand what difference the setting i inquired about does.
 

AntonisCy

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You’ve lost me.
When you change from light mode to dark mode, the apple wallpapers change as you have mentioned in your first post. That happens whether the option i mentioned is enabled or disabled.

"Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper" is a an option in wallpaper settings.
 
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nicho

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When you change from light mode to dark mode, the apple wallpapers change as you have mentioned in your first post. That happens whether the option i mentioned is enabled or disabled.

"Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper" is a an option in wallpaper settings.
In iPad OS 13.1b4, toggling the option visibly dims the wallpapers shown in the preview for me... returning to the home screen matches that dimness/brightness.

Note that it says it will dim your wallpaper depending on your ambient light. Are you trying this out in a well lit environment?
 
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AntonisCy

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In iPad OS 13.1b4, toggling the option visibly dims the wallpapers shown in the preview for me... returning to the home screen matches that dimness/brightness.

Note that it says it will dim your wallpaper depending on your ambient light. Are you trying this out in a well lit environment?
I understand what you are saying. My question is, isn't the wallpaper dimming anyways if you have auto-brightness on?
 

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I understand what you are saying. My question is, isn't the wallpaper dimming anyways if you have auto-brightness on?
Auto brightness controls the overall brightness of the display whereas the wallpaper-specific dimming for dark mode just dims the wallpaper when switching to dark mode.
 

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I understand what you are saying. My question is, isn't the wallpaper dimming anyways if you have auto-brightness on?
I don't have any settings for auto brightness, on either of my ipads. OK, I do, it's an accessibility setting now. This setting is limited to the home screen, but the effect is pretty stark.
 
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AntonisCy

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I use a plain white wallpaper. When I enable that setting, it turns the wallpaper to a medium gray.
The setting notes that this is dependable on ambient light. So it shouldn't be medium gray in all lighting conditions.
 

chris4565

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The setting notes that this is dependable on ambient light. So it shouldn't be medium gray in all lighting conditions.
I guess that just means that there are 2 states: Dimmed and not dimmed. Any further more granular brightness adjustments are done by the auto brightness settings I guess (which affects the overall brightness).
 
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Couldn't tell you, I don't use auto brightness. With auto brightness turned off, it's gray all the time.

What I can tell you though, is auto brightness doesn't turn my white screen gray, it turns it, well, dim white.

In any regard I turned it off never to be turned on again because I don't want my white wallpaper to be gray.
 
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AntonisCy

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I understand how this setting works i just don't understand how ambient light affects this option. It's either dimmed or not. Thanks for the replies guys.