How to stop your Mac from dimming or increasing the screen brightness randomly

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Your Mac automatically adjusts its display brightness to ensure a comfortable screen experience regardless of the lighting environment.

However, you might have encountered situations where your Mac's screen dims or brightens out seemingly at random. Not only can it be annoying, but it can also strain your eyes and make it difficult to focus on your work.

In this guide, we will go over practical solutions to prevent your iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or the external Apple Studio Display from dimming the screen brightness or increasing it randomly.

iPhone screen too dark or dim? Here are 15 ways to make it brighter

Fix iPhone dark screen and make it brighter

In this tutorial, we show you how to increase the brightness of your dark iPhone screen and prevent it from decreasing automatically and unnecessarily in the wrong situations.

These solutions will fix the problem if your iPhone screen is dim, brightness automatically goes down, or the iPhone screen is dark but brightness is up, and other similar issues.

Apple Watch screen too dim? Here’s how to make it brighter

Dim and Bright Apple Watch Faces

Your Apple Watch display was perfectly fine and bright, but suddenly it got considerably darker. If you find yourself in this situation, here are eight solutions to fix your Apple Watch's dim screen and make it brighter.

These fixes apply to all models, including Apple Watch Series 8, 7, 6, SE (1st and 2nd generation), and Apple Watch Ultra running any old or new version of watchOS, like watchOS 9.

This tweak permits iPhone display brightness adjustments via the volume buttons

It’s easy to change your iPhone’s volume level thanks to a duo of omnipresent volume buttons on the edge of your display. But when your iPhone’s display is too bright or dim, users are compelled to navigate touch interfaces like Control Center, which can sometimes be a challenge if the display is too dim to perceive during the brighter hours of the day.

If you ever wished that changing your iPhone’s display brightness could be as effortless as adjusting the volume, then you’ll welcome a new and free jailbreak tweak called VolumeBrightness by iOS developer Gilshahar7, as it fundamentally lets you toggle between display brightness and volume mode when using your handset’s volume buttons.

How to switch between software and hardware iOS keyboard like Magic Keyboard on on the fly

With an external (hardware) keyboard like the Magic Keyboard connected to your iPad, the onscreen (software) keyboard doesn’t appear. Apple in its wisdom does allow you to switch between the hardware and software keyboard, but it could have definitely done a better job surfacing that feature for average users who may be unaware it even exists in the firsts place. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to quickly switch your iPad keyboard between the stock iOS keyboard and your Magic Keyboard or any other physical iPad keyboard.

How to adjust the backlight key brightness on your Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro features backlit keys that make it a lot easier to type in the dark. The Magic Keyboard brightness can be changed manually or automatically, based on the ambient lighting conditions. But sometimes you want to watch a movie in the dark, or perhaps read a long article or a book without the keyboard backlighting interfering. To help with that, our tutorial will teach you how to adjust the Magic Keyboard brightness to your liking.

This tweak adds an auto-brightness toggle button to Control Center

If you’re ready to upgrade Control Center’s display brightness module, then we’d recommend turning your attention to a newly released jailbreak tweak called CCBrightnessExtended by iOS developer Paparajote Team.

In the screenshot examples above, you can see that CCBrightnessExtended augments Control Center’s display brightness module by integrating a toggle that can be used to turn automatic display brightness on or off on demand.

Appaze lets you set brightness and volume levels on a per-app basis

If you’ve ever fancied setting custom display brightness and/or speaker volume levels for individual apps before, then it’s your lucky day. A newly-released jailbreak tweak dubbed Appaze by iOS developer AnthoPak lets you do these things with ease.

As shown in the screenshot examples above, Appaze utilizes the Home screen’s native 3D Touch menus to function. Upon pressing firmly on an app icon to reveal its menu, users will find two new additions, including “Set custom brightness” and “Set custom volume” at the top of the list.

EasyBrightness makes it easier to revert to an ideal display brightness level

When it comes to your iPhone’s display brightness, you might have a preferred brightness level for both indoor and outdoor usage. Sadly, iOS’ automatic brightness setting tends to be less than optimal, and adjusting the display brightness manually can feel somewhat cumbersome at times.

If you’re in the same boat, then you might want to turn your attention to a newly-released and free jailbreak tweak called EasyBrightness by iOS developer gilesgc. This tweak mitigates the problem discussed above by letting you designate a default display brightness level and making it easy to return to it on demand.

How to stop your iPhone from changing screen brightness

disable auto-brightness iphone adjust manually

While some people might like their iPhone screen brightness to change according to their surroundings, you might not. You can manually make your screen brighter or dimmer, but there is a setting that can be disabled so that you never have to worry about it.

Here’s how to stop your iPhone from automatically changing screen brightness.