Tips for adjusting the screen brightness and screen color on an iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user, you’ve probably found many different ways to personalize your smartphone already. Perhaps a fancy case or a funny selfie photo as your home screen makes the iPhone match your style, identifying it as your own. Although those personalization options are nice to have, they don’t really improve the usability of your iPhone.

For those looking to make a change to the iPhone that can improve both its usability and its stylish look, consider making changes to your iPhone’s screen brightness and base color scheme. Although it may sound like a basic change to adjust the screen brightness, you’ll be surprised with how you can affect the usability of the smartphone.

Why change screen brightness? Creating a brighter screen could make the text on the iPhone screen more readable in certain bright sunlight conditions. If you’re trying to read in a dark room, darkening the screen can make it easier to see. And creating a much darker screen than usual can help you conserve the battery life of the iPhone, something that can be a good idea when you are running on low power.

Adjusting screen brightness automatically. Your iPhone has an automatic brightness setting, which means the smartphone will determine which screen brightness level to use, based on the amount of ambient light in the area. Touch the Settings icon on the Home screen and then touch Display & Brightness. Slide the toggle button for Auto Brightness to turn it green, and the iPhone will determine the appropriate brightness setting for the conditions.

Adjusting screen brightness manually. Touch the Settings icon on your Home screen. Scroll down the iPhone screen until you see Display & Brightness. Touch this command and then use your finger to drag the slider bar for the brightness setting.

If you want an especially dark screen, you can set this manually too. Touch the Settings icon followed by General. Then touch Accessibility followed by Zoom. Scroll down the list and pick Full Screen Zoom from the Zoom Region command. Then pick Low Light from the Zoom Filter command. When you return to the Display & Brightness setting discussed earlier, you now will be able to achieve the darkest screen possible with the iPhone.

Why invert screen colors? By inverting the screen colors on your iPhone screen – making the parts of the screen that are normally white into black, for example – you can make the screen a bit easier to see, especially if you’re sensitive to bright, white backgrounds. Those who suffer from color blindness may appreciate an inverted color scheme too.

Inverting screen colors. Touch the Settings icon on the Home screen of the iPhone. Then select General and Accessibility. Touch and slide the toggle button for Invert Colors, turning it green. As soon as you activate the Invert Colors setting, you’ll see the colors change on the iPhone screen (white becomes black, green becomes purple, and so on). Slide the toggle button back to white to cancel Invert Colors.