Adjust the brightness on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to adjust the brightness of your device's display in Control Center or Settings.


Adjust brightness in Control Center

You can adjust brightness quickly in Control Center:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of your device's display.
  2. Drag the brightness bar up or down to increase or decrease brightness.

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Adjust brightness in Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness. 
  2. Drag the slider to the right or left to increase or decrease brightness.

About brightness levels

iOS devices use an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness levels based on the light conditions around you. The sensor lowers brightness in dark locations and raises brightness in light locations. The auto-brightness feature is on by default.

When auto-brightness is on, you'll notice that your device's brightness slider moves according to changing light conditions.

In iOS 11, you can turn auto-brightness on or off in Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations. In iOS 10 and earlier, go to Settings > Display & Brightness.

About True Tone display

The following devices feature True Tone display, which uses advanced multichannel sensors to adjust the color and intensity of your display to match the ambient light, so that images appear more natural.

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus

Some display accessibility settings, including Invert Colors, Grayscale, and Increase Contrast, might turn off True Tone display.

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