How Do I Make The iPhone Display Darker? Here’s The Fix!

You want to use your iPhone, but the screen is just too bright. Bright screens can put a strain on your eyes and bother the people around you, especially if they’re trying to sleep. In this article, I’ll tell you about two awesome screen tips that will show you how to make the iPhone display darker!

Adjusting Screen Brightness The Normal Way

Normally, iPhone users adjust the brightness of their iPhone’s screen using the brightness slider. This can be accessed by opening Control Center or from within the Settings app. Here’s how to do it both ways:

How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker In Control Center

First, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen to open Control Center. Use your finger to adjust the brightness slider to make your iPhone screen brighter or darker.

Make iPhone Screen Darker From Control Center

How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker In Settings

Open Settings -> Display & Brightness, and drag the slider to make your iPhone’s display darker or brighter.

adjust brightness slider in the settings app

How To Make The iPhone Display Darker

There are two ways to make the iPhone display darker than you’re able to by using the brightness slider. The first way is by turning on Reduce White Point, which reduces the intensity of the bright colors displayed on your iPhone’s screen. The second, which I’ll talk about further down in this article, uses the Zoom tool to make the iPhone display darker.

How To Turn On Reduce White Point

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Display & Text Size.
  4. Tap the switch next to Reduce White Point. You’ll know the switch is on when it is green and positioned to the right.
  5. When you do, a new slider will appear below Reduce White Point.
  6. Drag the slider to adjust how much White Point is reduced. The higher the percentage on the slider, the darker your iPhone display will appear.

display and text size reduce white point

How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker Using Zoom

Another way to make the iPhone display darker than you’re able to on the brightness slider is by using the Zoom tool. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Zoom.
  4. Tap the switch next to Zoom. You’ll know it’s on when it’s positioned to the right and green.
  5. A new window will on your iPhone’s display that zooms in on a portion of the screen.
  6. Using three fingers, triple-tap on that window to activate a menu of settings.
  7. Tap Choose Region and select Full Screen Zoom.
  8. Tap Choose Filter and select Low Light.
  9. Drag the slider at the bottom of the menu all the way to the left towards the magnifying glass with a minus in it.
  10. Use the brightness slider to adjust the screen as you wish.

turn on zoom ios 13

If you implement either of these tips, you’ll make your iPhone display darker than you’d normally be able to with just the brightness slider on its own!

Oh No! Now My Screen Is Too Dark!

Did you accidentally make your iPhone’s screen too dark? That’s okay. Simply turn off the switch next to Reduce White Point or turn off the switch next to Zoom to undo everything. If you get really stuck, check out our article My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark! Here’s The Brightness Fix. to solve the problem for good.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

You’ve successfully made your iPhone screen darker than ever and you won’t put a strain on your eyes or bother others any longer. Now that you know how to make the iPhone display darker, we hope you’ll pass this tip along on social media to your friends and family!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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I have been having this exact same thing happen and discovered many texts that I had shown to send never got there


Awesome!! Thank you so much for showing me how to make my phone screen darker!


Yessss!! I’m a little excited 🙂 Thank you so much. Now I won’t bother my spouse while he is sleeping. Hehe


Thank you!!!!


Thank you!! This is the only page with ALL the info on darkening the screen 🙂