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My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark: 9 Best Fixes

My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark

Your iPhone might be working alright, but the screen appears slightly darker than usual. Why is that so? This may happen due to many reasons. One is you unintentionally clicking on any unknown settings option. 

But there is nothing to worry about because this blog will guide you through possible reasons and solutions to fix this dim screen issue. Below is a list of solutions; it is advised that you may go through them and check your iPhone settings accordingly, and you will find your way through this issue.

Methods to Fix My iPhone screen Is Too dark

  1. Check the iPhone screen brightness setting and adjust it
  2. Wipe the top of your iPhone
  3. Restart your iPhone
  4. Turn off Low Power Mode
  5. Disable auto brightness on iPhone
  6. Disable the Do Not Disturb mode
  7. Check the white point setting
  8. Check the screen brightness in media apps like VLC and more
  9. Reset all iPhone settings

1. Check the iPhone screen brightness setting and adjust it

There are three ways to increase or decrease your iPhone screen brightness, and they are listed below:

Method 1:

1. Open the control center and adjust the brightness setting (the sun icon) according to your preference.

location of the brightness slider

2. For iPhone with Face ID, you need to swipe down from the top right corner of your screen, and the control center will appear

3. iPhones with the home Home button can get access to the control center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen

4. Then, you will spot the sun icon slider. Drag that up to increase brightness.

Method 2:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPhone

2. Click on Display and Brightness

location of the display and brightness option

3. Then drag and adjust the brightness slider according to your preference

location of the brightness slider

Method 3:

Call Siri and ask things like Increase screen brightness, Turn up the screen brightness, Set screen brightness to 75%, or Set screen brightness to maximum.

2. Wipe the top of your iPhone

The top region of your iPhone has the ambient light sensor responsible for reading and scanning the light levels around the user and adjusting the screen brightness accordingly.

If you have been on a long call, the top part of your iPhone may get body oils, sweat, dirt, etc. All these things block the ambient light sensor from functioning normally and properly.

So in case your iPhone screen brightness is going down automatically, even if you are not moving to any low or high brightness area and are in a constant light area, you may want to wipe the top portion of your iPhone.

Get yourself a soft dry piece of cloth and gently wipe the top portion of your iPhone. Once it is done, hopefully, your iPhone brightness will not misbehave.

If you are using a fancy or seal-proof case, it may be possible to block the top portion of your screen, thus interfering and not letting the auto brightness feature function properly. Hence you may remove the case to allow it to function properly.

3. Restart your iPhone

This is the classic troubleshooting method to fix a variety of issues. This fixes all the minor bugs and glitches of iOS and ensures smooth service.

The steps to restart your iPhone is given below:

For iPhones X, 11, 12, and 13

  1. Press and hold the volume button or the side power button on the right side of your iPhone until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  2. Let go of the buttons when the screen displays the turn off your iPhone slider. Drag the slider to the right side and wait for a few seconds; your iPhone will turn off.
  3. To turn your device back on, you may hold the side button (on the right side of your iPhone) until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

For iPhone SE (2nd or 3rd generation), 8, 7, or 6

  1. Press and hold the side power button on the right side of your iPhone until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  2. Drag the slider to the right side and wait a few seconds for your device to turn off.
  3. To turn your device back on, you may press and hold the side power button again until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

For iPhone SE (1st generation), 5, or the earlier models

  1. Press and hold the power button at the top of your iPhone
  2. Let go of the button when the power-off slider appears on the screen
  3. Drag the slider to the right and wait a few seconds for your device to turn off.
  4. To turn your device back on, you may press and hold the top power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

4. Turn off Low Power Mode

The higher your screen brightness is set to, the more battery power would be consumed. Setting your iPhone to low power mode decreases the screen brightness to low-light to preserve the battery.

Hence you may want to check if your iPhone has been accidentally set to the low power mode.

The steps to do so are given below:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app of your iPhone

2. Click on the Battery option

location of the battery option

3. You will spot the low power mode option at the top

location of the low power mode option

4. Turn off the toggle switch beside it, and you are good to go

You may also ask Siri to turn off the low power mode.

5. Disable automatic brightness on iPhone

Turning off the auto-brightness feature can be labeled as THE solution to fix this issue of your iPhone’s low brightness.

However, having the auto brightness mode turned on makes surfing through and using your device more comfortable for your eyes and also benefits in extending your iPhone battery life.

Hence you may or may not change the auto brightness mode according to your preference. 

If you may, then the steps to do so are listed below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone

2. Click on the accessibility setting option and then click on display and text size

location of display and text size option

3. Now scroll down, and you will find the auto brightness option

location of the auto brightness option

4. Turn off the option, and you are done.

You may also ask Siri to turn off the auto brightness mode.

6. Disable the Do Not Disturb mode

In iOS 15, if your iPhone has the Do Not Disturb (DND) mode enabled, then the Lock Screen brightness might be dimmed significantly, and it seems as if the iPhone is set to dark mode.

Hence to make it normal and brighter, you may disable the Do Not Disturb mode.

To do so, the steps are given below:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPhone

2. Click on the focus option

location of the focus option

3. Now click on the Do Not Disturb mode

location of the DND option

4. Then turn off the Do Not Disturb toggle switch, and you are good to go 

You may as well ask Siri to turn off the Do Not Disturb mode.

7. Check the white point setting

The white point setting on your iPhone decreases the intensity and the true tone of the bright colors on your iPhone display screen, hence making it easier for some people to access and use the display. 

When this mode is enabled, your iPhone screen display will turn the screen into a dark screen even if the general brightness of the device is at its highest.

The steps to turn off the Reduce White Point setting are given below:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPhone and then click on the accessibility option

location of the accessibility option

2. Click on display and text size

location of the display and text size option

3. Scroll down, and you will notice the reduce white point option

location of reduce white point option

4. Turn off the toggle switch option, or you may drag the slider to the left side and leave it when it shows 25% only.

8. Check the screen brightness in media apps like VLC and more

Many video or media player apps or even apps where you edit videos and pictures have their inbuilt brightness feature that doesn’t allow the phone brightness to work over it.

One random and unintentional swipe on the screen can lower the brightness level of your iPhone screen and make it tough for you.

To solve this issue, you may look for any brightness slider or option to adjust the brightness level to your eye’s comfortable level. If you cannot find any such option, then you may try swiping the left or right side of the screen vertically or horizontally to get hold of the brightness slider.

9. Reset all iPhone settings

If none of those mentioned above solutions works, you may try resetting all the settings on your iPhone, which will probably solve this brightness-related issue.

It is said that resetting your iPhone’s settings can fix many issues, including the brightness automatically dimming down.

You should know that resetting the iPhone settings does not erase or affect any data stored on your device; that is, there would not be any permanent data loss. Resetting all settings means that all your customized settings would be changed to their default settings.

The steps to reset all the settings on your iPhone is as follows:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPhone

2. Tap on the general option and look for this Reset option

location of general option

3. Under the Reset window, click on Reset all Settings.

location of reset all settings option

4. Your iPhone might ask for your device passcode.

5. Type in the passcode and allow your iPhone to reset all the settings 

6. After the process, your iPhone might do a quick reboot. Then you may check if your iPhone brightness level looks good and normal to your eyes.

Wrapping Up

This blog has covered all the possible, quick, and handy solutions to the brightness and light conditions of the iPhone.

Despite trying out all the solutions mentioned above, if you have ever replaced your broken iPhone screen at any unauthorized service center, then there are chances that the screen is not original.

It might have been affordable for you, but non-Apple displays can dim the screen brightness and generate other issues (like errors in iPhone settings, disabled Face ID, and more).

To fix this issue, you may visit an Apple Store or Apple-authorized service center and get it checked and repaired.