Reduce Screen Brightness No Jailbreak Required

My iPhone 6s is not jailbroken, but there are still a couple of tricks that I employ that make it closer to that of a jailbroken phone. For example, getting rid of animations — a feat normally reserved for users willing to jailbreak — is now available to all iOS 9 users via the handy SpringBoard animations glitch.

Another trick, one that I haven’t been shy about sharing in the past, involves reducing iPhone screen brightness beyond levels that are possible with the standard brightness slider controls. Like the animations glitch, this too uses iOS’ deep accessibility features to pull off the job. If you’re someone who likes to use an iPhone or iPad at night, then your eyes will thank you for this trick.

The steps involved don’t rely on a glitch or tricky timing like the animations glitch did. In fact, it should be far easier to pull the screen brightness reduction off, because it relies on a few simple settings that anyone can adjust.

How to dim your iPhone’s screen beyond its lowest brightness level

  • Open Settings → General → Accessibility.
  • Tap the Zoom section, and enable the Zoom switch. You should now see a Window Zoom overlay on top of the screen.
  • Perform a three-finger triple-tap on the screen to access an additional overlay with zoom controls.
  • Tap Full Screen Zoom, and use the slider at the bottom of the overlay to zoom all the way out if necessary.
  • Tap Choose Filter and select Low Light.
  • Go back to the main Accessibility section of the Settings app, and scroll down and select Accessibility Shortcut.
  • Tap Zoom for the Accessibility shortcut to assign a three finger-tap to the Zoom setting.
  • Triple-press the Home button to quickly switch between brightness.

With the zoom set up with a low light filter, it’s possible to reduce screen brightness on demand using a simple triple-press of the Home button. I use this feature all of the time when I’m on my iPhone or iPad when I probably should be sleeping.

Video walkthrough

By using this trick, you can reduce the iPhone’s screen brightness far beyond what’s possible with the normal brightness sliders available in Control Center or Settings. Watch the video above to see the differences and visual how-to.

Dim iPhone Screen No Jailbreak Required

This trick results in a measurable reduction in screen brightness

Jailbreak users have been able to take advantage of numerous jailbreak tweaks to change the brightness of their iPhone’s display for years, but this trick allows you to do so on a stock iPhone or iPad.

This trick was first brought to my attention by fellow YouTuber Quinn Nelson of SnazzyLabs. Like the glitch that allows you to disable animations, using the screen dimming trick allows my stock iPhone to feel much more like a jailbroken iPhone.

Have you tried reducing your screen brightness using this trick? Do you think it will make using your iPhone in dark settings a lot easier?

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Jeff Benjamin

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