Control the iPhone screen: color, brightness and intensity adjustments — 2022

The screen of any device and its quality is one of the most important parts of it. This is because we spend many hours a day looking at it and that is why it must always be calibrated to have it to the personal taste of each user. For this reason, in this article we will tell you everything you need to know about calibrating the iPhone screen or, at least, being able to manually change some of its parameters that are related to color, brightness, or intensity.

Existing limitations

Unlike what can happen with other mobile devices and even televisions, iPhones do not have an option through which the screen can be calibrated automatically. From the factory, Apple establishes a calibration process for its smartphones that does not vary and that in theory is prepared to perform at its best and make the user experience the best possible.

However, there is a way to change some of the parameters manually from the device settings. It is not that it is the same, since someone who is not an expert on the subject may not be able to finish adjusting it properly, but at least there is the possibility. Of course, it must be said that since not all iPhones have the same screen, not all of them have the same options or they are not reflected in the same way.

iPhone display settings that can be changed

In the following sections we will tell you which are those aspects that can be regulated manually, although you should know that if you restore the iPhone those settings will be lost , so you should reconfigure them. Unless you load a backup made with these settings, in which case they will stick.

Brightness change to your liking

No doubt the brightness level is something really important when using the iPhone. It must be the correct one in the different ambient lighting situations to which you are subjected. Obviously when you are in a dark place it is possible that having a high brightness can end up damaging your eyesight. In an opposite situation, when there is a lot of ambient light, it is important that the brightness is high to be able to see the information on the screen. These brightness values ​​can be adjusted in a simple way by following these steps:

  1. On the iPhone go to Settings.
  2. Click on the 'Display and brightness' section.
  3. Stay at the top to make brightness adjustments.

The first thing you'll see on this settings screen is a slider where you can adjust whether you want more or less brightness on the screen. We recommend that you always have it right in the middle, although this will depend on the situation in which you find yourself, as we have previously commented. In case you don't want to make this adjustment constantly, you can always let the operating system decide the amount of brightness by turning on the 'auto-brightness' option.

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Night Shift, what is it?

Blue light is one of the greatest enemies that exist for the health of the eyes and also for the control of circadian cycles. There are many studies that suggest that before going to sleep the use of screens should be avoided at all times due to blue light. That is why this type of light can be eliminated thanks to night shift, a specific mode that can change the color of the screen to sepia. This is obviously recommended to be used at night to avoid tiring the eyes, although it can be used throughout the day without problem. In order to activate it, you simply have to follow the following steps:

  1. Go into Settings.
  2. Scroll to Display & Brightness.
  3. Activate the option 'Night Shift.

Night Shift iPhone

You must bear in mind that at any time you can choose a specific programming so that it is automatically deactivated and activated. This is ideal so that when the sun goes down, the Night Shift is activated and deactivated in the morning of the next day.

Dark mode, light mode and the mix with automatic mode

From iOS 13 onwards, iPhones allow you to darken your interface with a mode that gives priority to dark colors. This can be beneficial for your eyes, especially if you are exposed to screens for long hours. However, it has other positive effects on the battery in iPhones with OLED screens (X and later except for the XR, 11 and SE of the second generation). In these mentioned panels, the black color is represented by an off pixel, so the consumption with this dark mode is greater.

You can switch between dark and light modes in Control Center by long pressing on the brightness bar. It is also possible to do it from Settings> Screen and brightness, being this section in which you can program the dark mode so that it is only active during a certain period of hours of your choice.

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Is it advisable to have True Tone on the iPhone?

True Tone is another of the iPhone's display options that automatically adjusts the color of the screen based on the lighting of the place where you are. With this modality it is that the view suffers less, however it has a negative part in relation to the naturalness of the colors. In the end, having this function active does not reproduce the real colors and although at certain times of the day such as night it can be positive, the truth is that on a general level it could mean worsening the user experience when watching videos, photographs and even edit them.

Unfortunately True Tone cannot be turned on and off automatically with any programming like Night Shift or Dark Mode. You can only activate or deactivate it manually from Settings > Display and brightness or from the control center, by long pressing the screen brightness bar.

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Reduce the white point of the screen

Among the options of the iPhone is the possibility of reducing the white point by a percentage. This is responsible for adjusting the intensity of bright colors that can be very bright. This setting can be very interesting, especially at night when the bright colors can end up bothering the eye. This is an option found in the accessibility section that you can activate by following these steps:

  1. On the iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll to the 'Accessibility' section.
  3. Go to 'Display and text size'.
  4. Activate the function 'Reduce brightness point'.
  5. Make the adjustment through the slider that appears.

iphone white dot

You will see in real time how the bright colors begin to reduce their brightness so that it is much more comfortable to use the equipment, being able to reverse this setting at any time.

Increase contrast

On certain occasions, you may want to always have the main colors of an application prominently displayed. With this simple contrast adjustment, important parts of an app can be highlighted against a background, preventing the two parts from being merged. To be able to make this adjustment you simply have to follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down to the Accessibility section.
  3. Go to Display and text size.
  4. Turn on the Increase Contrast option.

From that moment you will see how the main parts of a settings menu or any application stand out, leaving the background in the background with less prominence.

iPhone Contrast

What to do if you have problems

Despite the automatic calibration that iPhones come with from the factory, as we mentioned previously, in the end they are not exempt from problems. It is not the most common, but it can happen. If you are in that perspective you should go to official technical support , either at an Apple Store or at an SAT (Authorized Technical Service). Once there, the specialists will be able to check your device and verify if it is a factory defect that would be covered by the guarantee or if otherwise it is due to other reasons and you have to pay for its replacement.

Yes you changed the screen before and you did it in an unauthorized service, Apple will not be responsible for any problems that may arise, although it will offer you to put an original panel, but going through the box. The advisable thing in these cases is that you review the conditions and guarantees that they gave you in the place where you changed it to check if there is the possibility of taking it to have it checked and the screen replaced, although if it is not original it is very likely that the experience be completely different and not because it is actually defective.