My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark! Here’s The Brightness Fix.

You look down at your iPhone and it’s so dark that you can barely see the screen. Is the brightness too low? Maybe — but maybe not.

In iOS 14, there are two settings on your iPhone that can cause the screen to go almost completely dark, not just the brightness setting we’ve been using for years. In this article, I’ll show you what to do if your iPhone screen is too dark to see and how to make your iPhone brighter, even if the brightness level is all the way up. 

Help! My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark!

Prior to iOS 10, there was only one Brightness setting on your iPhone. Now there are two Settings that can cause your iPhone’s screen to be too dark: Brightness and White Point. I’ll walk you through both and show you how to change both settings below.

Note: If you can’t see anything on your iPhone’s display, check out our article called My iPhone Screen Is Black! to learn how to fix it. If it’s really, really dim, read on.

1. Check Your iPhone’s Brightness Level

You can adjust the brightness of your iPhone in Control Center. If you have an iPhone X or newer, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you have an iPhone 8 or older, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. Look for the vertical brightness slider and slide one finger up to increase the brightness of your iPhone.

use brightness slider in iphone control center

You can also adjust display brightness in Settings. Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness. Drag the slider under Brightness to the right to increase the brightness of your iPhone.

adjust iphone brightness in settings

If your iPhone is still too dark, it’s time to look at a new setting that Apple introduced with iOS 10: Reduce White Point.

2. Check Your iPhone’s White Point Settings

Reduce White Point is an Accessibility setting on iPhones that reduces harsh colors and makes your the screen noticeably dimmer. Accessibility settings are designed to make it easier for someone with a disability to use their iPhone. Problems occur when Accessibility settings get turned on accidentally or by a mischievous friend.

My iPhone Is Too Dark But Brightness Is All The Way Up! Here’s The Fix:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap the Display & Text Size.
  4. Look at the bottom of your screen and find the option labeled Reduce White Point. If the setting is turned on (the slider is green), turn it off by tapping the slider to the right of the option. The brightness level of your screen should then return to normal.

iphone reduce white point

More Troubleshooting For Dark iPhone Displays

1. Try Turning Off Auto-Brightness

Your iPhone has an Auto-Brightness setting automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to give you the most ideal level based on surrounding light. Sometimes this setting can be a bit unhelpful as it’ll adjust the brightness to a level that’s too bright or too dark.

To turn off Auto-Brightness, open Settings and tap Accessibility -> Display & Text Size and turn off the switch next to Auto-Brightness.

turn off auto brightness on iphone

Keep in mind that turning off Auto-Brightness can make your iPhone’s battery drain faster. If you plan to turn off Auto-Brightness anyway, check out our other article for several iPhone battery-saving tips.

2. Make Sure Zoom Isn’t On

If you recently used the Zoom feature in Settings -> Accessibility -> Zoom and left it on accidentally, it may be the reason why your iPhone screen is too dark! Using the Zoom setting, you can actually make the iPhone display darker than you’re able to with the Brightness slider.

3. Reset All Settings

If your iPhone’s screen is still too dim, go to Settings -> General -> Transfer Or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. to eliminate the possibility that something in the Settings app is causing your iPhone’s screen to be too dark.

reset all settings ios 15

This reset restores everything in the Settings app to the factory defaults. It’ll be as if you were opening the app for the very first time. You’ll have to set up your wallpaper again, reconnect your Bluetooth devices, reenter your Wi-Fi passwords, and more.

4. DFU Restore Your iPhone

A DFU restore is the deepest kind of restore you can do on an iPhone. If your iPhone’s screen is still too dark, a DFU restore is the last troubleshooting step you can take before exploring repair options. This special type of restore wipes both software and hardware settings, so make sure to back up your iPhone, and then follow our DFU restore guide to give it a try.

4. Repair Your iPhone

If after following all of these steps you find that your iPhone’s screen is still dark, it may be time to repair your iPhone. Check out my article about the best places to get your iPhone for repaired for a list of the most reliable repair sources.

iPhone Brightness, Restored!

You’ve fixed the problem and your iPhone is bright enough to see again. Make sure to share this article on social media with your friends, family, and followers. Leave a comment below about which solution worked for you!

About Author

I'm Andrew Kunesh, a technology writer and IT professional from Chicago. My goal is to help you fix the many errors and problems your Apple devices may face. Thanks for checking out our work!

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5 months ago

Thank you! I followed the instructions and solved my problem.

Ann Rainey
7 months ago

Best fix it article I’ve ever read. My phone screen is always so dark regardless of the brightness level. No one ever told me about the Whitepoint solution thank you thank you.

7 months ago

Thank you!

8 months ago

Reduce White Point did it for me! Thank you!

I had my screen replaced by a local cell phone repair shop a few months ago and thought the screen was failing. The repair shop declared a chip on the main board that controls the brightness was bad and I needed a new phone. My phone is an iPhone 13 so I did a search and found your post. I appreciate your help to resolve this issue.

1 year ago

Thanks a million

1 year ago

Reduce white did it for me. Thank you.

1 year ago

It was reduce white point. I’m so happy for Ur help. Thank u

1 year ago

Thanks so much! You gave me a simple fix: control center, adjust the vertical bar to increase brightness. Done!

1 year ago

Hey, wanted to give a massive thank you for clear advice about the screen brightness problem. Somehow the accessibility slide got switched on, was worried I had dropped the iPhone too often and damaged something internally. Your advice is comprehensive, not just slide the brightness up, and clear steps provided to navigate through the process. Your post and help is much appreciated!

1 year ago

This was GENIUS advice thankyou so much

1 year ago

Unbelievable!!!! I have been all over the web trying to sort this out and had no success UNTIL I ran across your brilllllllliant article. Had not run across the ZOOM fix anywhere. Found it on, switched it off, and now I can use my phone in daylight. No more Vampire phone!!! THANKS EVER SO MUCH.

1 year ago

That worked, thanks!

1 year ago

Oh my gosh!!! Tried every which a way to brighten up my phone and was ready to trash it. I simply couldn’t see it because it was so frickin dark.
You came to my rescue and now I can see my IPhone 8. Just went to settings and tuned off white light and swiped up to find it was more than half dark. Adjusted that and waalaa. Yay!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. !

Steve Powers
1 year ago

I have gone through multiple lakes to fix this screen darkness but yours is the only one that actually worked thank you so much my problem was the Zoom button was on absolutely mind-boggling that’s it only problem without your post or link I would probably pay you a couple hundred to get this fixed when nothing was wrong with it thanks again

Bill Libby
2 years ago

It worked!,,,Many Thanks👍👍👍

Heather L
2 years ago

Andrew, you are life saver, THANK YOU!!!!!

2 years ago

I have an iPhone 7 with the latest iOS 15.5 update. I had the battery and display replaced about a week ago. Since then, every time I turn the phone on, it defaults to its dimmest setting. I have tried every adjustment listed here except for a reset of factory settings. No matter what I try, the phone goes dim every time and I have to raise the brightness every time I turn it on. It’s very frustrating, especially on a bright sunny day…..can’t see a thing to even re-adjust!! Any ideas?

2 years ago

thank you so much Andrew! My zoom was on and my brightness was so low! Had no idea how to fix it until I read your article!

2 years ago

My Apple iphone screen is black and I can’t see it. It has been like this all day. I have used siri to call my contacts but I cannot use Whatsapp or texting nor any other feature. Please help

David Lynch
2 years ago
Reply to  milla

Try a hard reset. Sounds like the software crashed, making your screen go black. We have an article on what to do when your iPhone screen is black that will help you diagnose and fix the problem.

2 years ago

Thank you so much. I just fixed my problem using the info you provided

Mairead Donnelly
11 months ago
Reply to  Sara

Thank you. I was so frustrated I was about to buy a new phone .