You can make your iPhone screen extra dark for nighttime reading

When you open your iPhone in a dark room, the light from the screen may cause you to squeeze your eyes shut, even if the brightness is turned off completely. While Night Shift mode can help by using the hard blue light with more of an orange glow, sometimes that’s not enough.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround that can make the screen extra dark so you can read, stream, or browse without straining your eyes.

Here are several ways to lower the brightness on your iPhone.

1. Make sure Night Shift is enabled

Night Shift dims your screen light to a sepia color. You can enable it from Settings or Control Center.

Method 1: Settings

Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift† Here you can change the time you want it to activate and adjust the color temperature setting.

Turn on Night Shift to dim your phone screen.

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Method 2: Control Center

From the control center, keep the Brightness . pressed icon. Tap the night shift icon to turn it on and off.

2. Adjust your brightness settings

You can reduce the white point on your iPhone, which adjusts how intensely colors appear on your screen. Bright colors are especially lit at night, so try this setting to dull them.

1. Go to Settings and select Accessibility

2† Tap Screen and Text Size

3. Switch the Reduce white point button on.

4. Slide the marker to adjust the darkness of your backlight settings.


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3. Use the zoom setting to darken your screen

1. Go to settings and select Accessibility

2. Tap Zoom

3. Switch the Zoom button on. You can navigate the zoomed screen by dragging with three fingers, and you can zoom out by double tapping with three fingers.

4. Scroll down and tap Zoom Region and make sure the setting is set to Zoom in full screen

5. Go back and tap Zoom filter

6. Tap Little light and your screen will instantly dim.

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