Is there an AUTO brightness setting in the watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by striders, May 17, 2015.

  1. striders macrumors 6502

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    The watch brightness is set to the maximum setting, which works ok in an office environment with lost of light. However,nIn a dim or even dark room, it's too bright for me.

    Is there an auto brightness settings for the watch, much like the iPhone?
     
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Nope. No light sensor :-(
     
  3. pmau macrumors 65816

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    There is a light sensor. Look at Apple's Website under "Features".
    You can cover the watch to switch it off for example.

    My theory. The light sensor only measures "light" / "no light" and is a very small photo diode to preserve battery. It is probably not sensitive enough to adjust the brightness in a meaningful way.
     
  4. dilap macrumors 6502a

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    From the iFixit Teardown. It states that there is an ambient light sensor behind the screen.
     

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  5. Sh4wN, May 17, 2015
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    Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    The Watch has an ambient light sensor and adjusts the brightness accordingly. The brightness setting on the watch is more like a minimum setting, it's not a fixed brightness.
     
  6. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    I definitely notice the watch adjusting the screen brightness on its own depending on ambient lighting.
     
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Within the three brightness settings, the Watch adjusts up and down automatically according to the ambient light. Think of the three brightness notches in Settings as three different brightness ranges.

    I don't think there's an option for the Watch to entirely control screen brightness.
     
  8. melman101 macrumors 68030

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  9. lchlch macrumors 6502a

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    I hope they bring that to other iOS devices :)
     
  10. Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    It already is. You can set minimum, maximum and basically a middle value.
     
  11. striders thread starter macrumors 6502

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    With my iPhone, when I am outside, I turned the screen brightness to Max. When I go indoor, it automatically reduce the brightness.

    Are you guys saying this is how to also works with the Apple Watch? I am not seeing it doing so, though.
     
  12. Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    It adjusts, yes. It may be a little more subtle or you are simply not noticing. You can try yourself, if you activate it someplace dark, shine a bright light at it and then look at it again where it's dark. Should be brighter then.
     

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