How to dim iPhone screen brightness levels below the normal threshold without jailbreaking

By , Dec 11, 2015

iPhone Brightness Dim No Jailbreak 2

We’ve all been there before. It’s late, and it’s dark, but you still have to get a few more things to get done. You set your iPhone’s screen to its lowest possible brightness via Control Center, and you quickly realize that even at the lowest setting, the screen is way too bright for your eyes in such a dark environment.

What can you do in a situation like this? You could jailbreak and install a jailbreak tweak like Dim, but that’s not always an option, nor is it always desirable.

Fortunately, there is a way to quickly adjust screen brightness levels even lower than what’s possible via Control Center’s brightness slider. By leveraging some of iOS’ built-in accessibility features, you can set your iPhone’s screen brightness levels much lower than you think.

Step 1: Open Settings → General → Accessibility

Step 2: Tap Zoom → and enable the Zoom switch

Step 3: Triple-tap the screen with three fingers to invoke the overlay

Step 4: Tap Full Screen Zoom

Step 5: Slide the zoom slider all the way to the left to zoom out completely

Step 6: Tap Choose Filter → Low Light

Step 7: Tap on a portion of the screen to dismiss the overlay

Step 8: Go to Settings → General → Accessibility → Accessibility Shortcut and tap Zoom

Step 9: Triple click on the Home button to switch between lower brightness and normal brightness

You can now use this triple-click gesture to quickly switch between brightness levels on your iPhone. You’ll notice that you can make the screen significantly dimmer with the shortcut enabled. In fact, if you enable the shortcut while in a bright room, the screen becomes almost unreadable.

Needless to say, this is a great way to save your eyes when using your iPhone in a dark environment. It’s also handy when you wish to quickly switch between two differing brightness levels on the fly without invoking Control Center.

Yes, quite a few steps are required to get this set up, but once it is, you’re pretty much set going forward. As someone who’s been using this method since I willingly relinquished my iPhone 6s jailbreak last month, take my word for it when I say it’s well worth the time investment.

Via: Snazzy Labs

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  • TheShade247

    Good stuff

  • Dean Johnson

    Awesome! Neat trick!

  • fiiiiine

    Been using this for a while. My eyes feel so much better.

  • :D

    F.lux…

    • Dean Johnson

      I don’t think F.lux works anymore on non jailbroken devices. Apple reached out to the devs.

      • :D

        You can still install it – the devs just can’t distribute the file anymore

      • Dean Johnson

        Oh okay. So sideloading still works?

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Fluxing awesome!

  • Trần Trái Dừa

    1 suggestion, turn your lamp on instead. You should not use your phone in dark environment too much

    • Waleed

      Ah needed this comment..

    • how else would you be able to ‘use’ you phone without charging for a week?

    • rockdude094

      Ever heard of saving electricity ? Neither did I surprisingly.

      • Trần Trái Dừa

        your eyes or electric bill, your choice
        But I don’t give a f

  • Jason

    My phone freeze 3 times already ever since I did this and had to hard reset, probably some bugs that not fix on iphone 6 ios 8.4

  • Andrew Parmet

    Nice tip! Thanks! 🙂

  • Andres

    Yea it works with a triple click. I’ve had it on my phones for years and I’ve done it to friends phones too

  • Matta Fakt

    This is useful but it creates a delay after the regular double press that I don’t like.

  • Unknow Unknow

    If you think little bit Apple users don’t like think too much as simple its is better too much programming that is androids I had one android once in my hands and I even couldn’t find how make a call to much shitte every where on the screen

  • rockdude094

    Its weird but it the triple click option slows down the responsiveness of the multitasking trigger

  • Hot12345

    How do you enable the small window after presing fullscreen?

  • DudleyFreedom

    Excellent info. First person to CLEARLY explain how to do this. Keep these tips coming! xxx

  • chetan Naik

    Tnxxx a lot bro:)

  • Gruzzen

    I use an iPhone/iPad app named Night Web Browser by Alex to surf in bed. The app can dim the screen and also the keyboard and videos played in the browser.

  • Some guy

    This is nice and all? But with a jail broken device, apps give control over dimness.

    Combined with f.lux and the choice is clear. Be patient and stop updating til Jailbreak is available