How to Make Your iPhone Display Dimmer Than Standard Brightness Controls Allow

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    If the screen of your iPhone or iPad is too bright for comfort, the usual solution is to go to Settings -> Display & Brightness and drag the Brightness slider to the left, or open Control Center and adjust the corresponding setting from there.


    However, if the lowest setting offered by the Brightness level just isn't dim enough for you, there are a couple of ways to make your screen even darker. One method we've covered previously is to adjust white point using the Accessibility Shortcut. Another way is to enable a low light filter, which you can do by following the steps below.

    1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    2. Tap General.
    3. Tap Accessibility.

      Tap Zoom.
    4. Tap Zoom Region.

      Select Full Screen Zoom and return to the main Zoom menu.
    5. Tap Zoom Filter.
    6. Select Low Light and return to the main Zoom menu.

      Now, turn on Zoom by toggling the switch at the top of the Zoom menu.
    7. Double-tap the screen with three fingers to zoom out to fullscreen.

    Your device's display brightness should now be extra dim. Note that you can disable the low light filter at any time: Simply triple-tap the screen with three fingers, tap Choose Filter from the overlay panel and then select None.

    Article Link: How to Make Your iPhone Display Dimmer Than Standard Brightness Controls Allow
  2. McFreggle macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2001
    Dendermonde/Leuven, Belgium
    Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Reduce White Point.

    Much simpler than the procedure described in this article. Triple-click on home button (or side button) for reducing the brightness. Triple-clicking again to increase it again.

    You're welcome.
  3. jacjustjac macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    New York, NY
    There’s an easier way to invoke this. At the bottom of the accessibility page, there’s one called “Accessibility Shortcut”. Select Zoom (and I also have Reduce White Point, which in my opinion is more effective). Now when you triple tap your home button (or the sleep wake button if you don’t have one), your screen can instantly dim. It’s that easy.

    Lastly, I use Color Filters (Color Tint) found in Display Accomadations to make an extreme version of Night Shift, whereby my screen removes almost 99% of blue and green light, making my screen appear an ultra red. This in my opinion is more effective than lowering the brightness and Night Shift alone, because you can actually have your screen at a comfortable brightness to read black and white text, but still fall easily asleep.

    I’d love to help write and article or video on this process, because I use it every night and have no problems falling asleep while using my phone, and I think others can benefit from it too.
  4. ItzJordan macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2015
    Theres probably a thread already, but does anyone else’s iPhone X/XS/XS Max experience the display to dim to a max brightness of 50% when it is quite warm (or doing instense work loads). Also the CPU and graphics seem to be throttled as everything lags while the device is warm to touch.

    Experienced it heavily on the iPhone X and worked with Apple to try a resolve this with diagnostics. The performance throttling is less noticeable on the XS Max but the brightness being maxed at 50% is still noticeable...

    Intensive usage needs to be occurring in order this to happen. Using Personal Hotspot (downloading/uploading files) while on a FaceTime call on the iPhone usually does the trick... also room temp needs to be around 20°c or warmer maybe. Only noticed in the summer time and noticing the past few days, as I’m over in Australia! :)
  5. JonGrant macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2015
    Exactly... sadly this zoom method has been doing the rounds in the last day or so and this is just 100% lazy copy and paste crap.
  6. timmyh Contributing Editor


    Mar 18, 2016
    Liverpool, UK
    Thanks for pointing this out, we've covered this before in another article so I've added a link to it in the OP.

    I actually find triple-clicking the side button on my iPhone X quite difficult to pull off - it's much easier to triple-tap the screen in my opinion, which is why I prefer using zoom's low light filter :)
  7. Sovon Halder macrumors 6502

    Sovon Halder

    Dec 3, 2016
    WARNING : This triple clicking home button accessibility feature brings a noticeable lag into double clicking function.
  8. Enclavean macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2018
    Any difference between this and Reduce White Point?

    Is it redundent to have both enabled?
  9. timmyh Contributing Editor


    Mar 18, 2016
    Liverpool, UK
    Not if it works for you :)
  10. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    The problem is with using the shortcut is if you double click (for app switching) it will then be slower because the phone will be checking if you’re double clicking or triple clicking.
  11. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
    I was just about to reply to this. The method macrumours shown is far too long-winded.
  12. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Not on my iPhone Xs, but I did have this experience on my older iPhone 7

    Even whilst just doing normal stuff the phone would throttle the display brightness even though it said it was at 100% ― moving the brightness slider down would produce no noticeable effect so I knew it was happening for sure
  13. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Has anyone ever complained that their iPhone was too bright?
  14. BlueCreek macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2014
    This isn’t an issue if you have an iPhone X or above, the only thing this delays is initiating Apple Pay
  15. Koalazub macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    Yeah I was thinking the same when I read that post. Way too many steps.
  16. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Sitting in a dark car waiting for coworkers for our carpool - thanks! Raining heavily here in southern California.
  17. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    Now, how can I reset auto brightness after manually changing the brightness without going all the way back into display accommodations?
  18. joelisfar, Jan 17, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019

    joelisfar macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    It also adds an annoying delay when using the side button to sleep the device. Somehow resulted in my phone always staying awake in my pocket.

    Did I do this wrong or is there now always a little circular controller on the screen?

    Three finger double tap isn’t turning zoom on and off. Just toggling zooming in.
  19. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    The battery
  20. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  21. Koalazub macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    I’m not a fan of the minimum brightness in phones currently. It’s still way too bright if you’re in a dark room/half asleep
  22. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    I agree, I actually used this feature just last night in bed so I don't get fully awake when I checked the time
  23. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    This is normal; the phone does this to prevent overheating.

    For me this tends to happen when the phone is charging while in a car mount in the sun, which is also the worst time for it to happen because that's when I need the screen brightest!
  24. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Pretty sure Reduce White Point doesn't dim it as much as the Zoom Low Light filter does.
    This method (as well as the Reduce White Point one) have been around for quite a while (at least a number of years and iOS versions).
    --- Post Merged, Jan 17, 2019 ---
    Sure, in various dark environments, for one.
  25. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    This is great. I've been using Reduce White Point late at night, but the ultra-red filter is awesome. For anyone setting this up, set your color tint "hue" and "intensity" sliders all the way to the right for the maximum "submarine" effect.

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