iOS guide: how to set the brightness of your iPhone/iPad below the minimum level easily

iOS guide: how to set the brightness of your iPhone/iPad below the minimum level easily
If you have ever browsed the web or read something on your iPhone or iPad in bed, you've probably squinted your eyes, even at the lowest possible brightness level. 

Indeed, the lower the better, and while Apple's newest devices have a pretty minimum display brightness output (7 nits for the iPhone 6, 4 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2), your eyes will certainly cherish lower levels of light. 

Although it's universally regarded numerous times less feature-rich than Android, iOS still has a pleasant host of surprises hidden deep in its menus; one of the hidden gems allows you to apply a software low-light filter to the display and decrease the brightness output further. A pretty nifty feature that is totally not in your face, but is still discoverable if you're into tinkering with your OS. 

Fret not, we'll show you the ropes on how to make use of this feature; we'll also show you a a combination of settings that will allow you to easily adjust the brightness of your display by triple-tapping the home button. Ready? Let's kick things off!

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19 Comments

1. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

And they say iOS is easy to use.

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. Comparing UIs. Android is cluttered. Comparing cameras. Android doesn't offer as many features.

15. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

not the standard google one for sure. android stock camera app is pretty garbage. and you are right. apple ios is little more organized compared to android cluster. lollipop search feature in settings was a big welcome

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

iOS design is consistent. even the 3rd party app feels and looks like "iOS", unlike on Android, even Google themself don't follow their material design guidelines to details. no matter how heavy company skins, when you go to 3rd party app, they all feel and look the same. when moving to G2 from an iPhone, really, LG skin is pure garbage.

3. sun0066

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

You shoukd not say cluttered but functional and io is not simple but boring

4. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for tip Pa. I didn't know that menu appears after the triple tripple tap. The brightness drops significally, but it doesn't looks like it's a different color profile, rather the LCD backlight itself dims down further. There culd be some problems with colors but Apple calibrates their displays well. And if they calibrated display for this ultra low brightness, maybe it's a planed feature that will appear in the future, just dumbed down as deep as it can so people will not accidentally turn it on. It could become separate accesibility feature or even be integrated regulary into the brightness slider.... What is the fruit salad planing bext ? Maybe a bit higher minimal brightness in iPhone 6 was an intention ?

11. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Apple's displays are washed-out and pretty color inaccurate. It boggles my mind how only Samsung gets displays right.

16. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Samsung does color accuracy the best lately but almost every reviewer and website out there praises the relatively great calibration of their displays. I'd trust the websites over some random commenter on PA.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now they need to do a guide on "how to get to the bottom of an PA article without forceclosing on your apple device" Sent from my iPad air :(

17. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I get constant reloads on my entry level surface pro 3. Just a very content heavy website.

6. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

This is crap, you just go to brightness and lower it whenever you like. What did you say? It's not about android's easy settings? Sorry, my bad.

7. Sauce5 unregistered

What? Lol. Of course. You pop up your control center and lower your brightness. This is for people who want it even lower than default minimum setting.

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Try re-reading or even reading the article, it's for lowering the brightness BELOW the minimum.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Change your name from dimas, to dumas.

14. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Already tried it jediii, but my family don't accept going full retard.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good comeback +1

13. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Yup I read the article. Just surprised that Apple's minimum brightness is not around zero percent where it should be in the control center even if people don't go that low. Oh well Apple, always innovative and triple tapping on everything as simple as darkening your screen.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx PA, good info.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed I didn't know about this.

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