iPhone user adjusting brightness on their device
Khamosh Pathak

Your iPhone or iPad is pretty good at automatically adjusting its screen brightness according to your surroundings. Sometimes, though, you might want to do this manually. Here’s how to adjust the screen brightness on your iPhone or iPad.

You can adjust the screen brightness from the Control Center (the quickest way) or the Settings app.

To adjust it via the Control Center, swipe down from the top right of the screen on your iPhone or iPad. If your iPhone has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom.

Swipe down from top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

Next to the Sound icon/Volume slider, you’ll see the Sun icon/Brightness slider.

Swipe on the Brightness Bar from Control Center

Swipe up or down on the slider to increase or decrease the brightness.

Increase or decrease brightness from brightness bar

If you want more control, press and hold the brightness bar to expand it. A much larger slider will appear, along with options to enable Dark mode or Night Shift. Again, swipe up or down to change the screen brightness.

Increase or decrease brightness from the expanded menu

When the screen brightness is where you want it to be, tap the empty area outside the slider to return to Control Center.

Alternatively, you can adjust screen brightness in the “Settings” app. Just tap the Gear icon to open “Settings,” and then tap “Display and Brightness.”

Tap Display and Brightness

Swipe the “Brightness” slider to the left or right to decrease or increase the brightness.

Brightness slider in Settings

As long as you’re in the same lighting environment, the brightness will stay the same. However, if the Auto-Brightness feature is enabled, it will automatically adjust the brightness depending on the ambient light (and your remaining battery life) if you move to a different environment.

If you want full control over the screen’s brightness, you can disable the Auto-Brightness feature altogether.

RELATED: How to Disable Auto-Brightness on Your iPhone

To do so, open the “Settings” app and tap “Accessibility.”

Tap Accessibility in Settings

Tap “Display and Text Size.”

Tap Display and Text Size

Scroll down and toggle-Off the “Auto-Brightness” option to disable this feature.

Tap Auto Brightness Toggle

Now, it won’t automatically change unless you manually raise or lower the brightness.


Do you use your iPhone at night? Follow our tips for using your iPhone in the dark to make sure you don’t hurt your eyes!

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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