The iPhone 6 comes with a larger display than the iPhone 5s, going from a 4-inch screen to a 4.7-inch display or even a massive 5.5-inch display with the iPhone 6 Plus. With that comes more light that’s produced from the screens, and as a result, the iPhone 6’s screen can be a bit bright for your liking, especially at night.
Many users check their phones at night, either while in bed or if the lights are simply just really dim. The bright light from the iPhone 6’s display can be blinding, and while iOS offers a quick way to adjust the brightness, some users need more control than that.
iPhone jailbreakers can easily adjust their iPhone displays to make it easier on eyes at night using an app called F.lux. It essentially gets rid of that nasty blue hue that your screen emits in favor of a warmer color temperature. This assures that you don’t get eye strain. While iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 don’t have access to this kind of feature, there are still ways to adjust the display so that it’s not as blinding in lower-light situations.
Here’s how you can adjust your iPhone 6’s display and make it easier on the eyes at night, just by changing a few settings.
Manually Adjust Screen Brightness
The iPhone 6 comes with the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen, and you can also set it so that the display adjusts the brightness automatically based on the surrounding light.
However, this setting is on by default and it usually doesn’t do a very good job at adjusting the brightness to an adequate level, or sometimes it can take a couple of minutes for the phone to recognize the ambient light and bring the brightness down to a decent level.
This is why I recommend that you set it to manually adjust. In this case, you’ll simply open the Settings app and go into Display & Brightness. Next, simply turn off Auto-Brightness.
From there on out, you can quickly access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then moving the top slider left or right depending on how bright you want the display, this way the screen will always be at a level that you’re comfortable with.
Take Advantage of Accessibility Settings
iOS’s Accessibility options are technically meant for disabled users of any kind, but anyone can take advantage of them.
For instance, opening up the Settings app and navigating to General > Accessibility will list a whole host of different options to enable, but the one’s we’re going to focus on involve the display.
One setting that you can change is under Increase Contrast. Inside of that setting you’ll see a toggle for Reduce White Point. This will essentially reduce the intensity of bright colors. It will lower the contrast a bit, but it will also make your screen much easier on the eyes.
Next, you can enable Grayscale, which will essentially desaturate your screen, but it will also have the effect of making your screen appear dimmer. This is a good setting to turn on if you dim the brightness all the way down, but still need to dim it a bit more. The Grayscale setting will provide the illusion that the screen is dimmed a bit more, but you’ll lose all color, obviously.
Privacy Shield Screen Protectors
While privacy screen protectors are mainly used for protecting your privacy and prevent people from looking over your shoulder to see what you’re doing, they can also be used as a makeshift screen dimmer of sorts.
Essentially, these screen protectors come with a special film that blacks out the screen when you turn the display to an off-angle. For example, have you ever watched TV and noticed that the more you move off to the side, the more washed out the picture becomes? Privacy shields act the same way, only instead of the picture getting washed out, it goes completely black so that you can’t see it at all. This is to prevent people sitting next to you from seeing what you’re doing on your iPhone.
However, privacy shields darken the screen a bit thanks to the darker film that’s applied to the screen protector, which dims the screen naturally. This is another way to go, plus you’d be killing two birds with one stone.