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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4 hours ago

Thank You! For me it was the ‘Zoom’ thing. I switched it off and the brightness immediately went to max. The Zoom is annoying anyway, so I’ve turned it off now for good.

13 days ago

THANK YOU! The white point was exactly the problem.

Margaret Sandbach
19 days ago

Thank you. My screen is now bright.

Simone Emile
21 days ago

Got a recent iPhone 12 Max that keeps dimming when by the pool. None of these solutions worked for me. What to do?

27 days ago

Went to accessibility screen and fixed it there!

Oscar Cury
1 month ago

Thank you! It worked on an iphone 8 my brother gave me,

David Lynch
22 days ago
Reply to  Oscar Cury

You’re welcome! Glad to know this article helped you fix the problem.

Whitney Shea
1 month ago

Awesome, Andrew- thanks so much. Have a great day!

In Him,

1 month ago

Another setting. Three finger double tap on screen. Select choose filter, none.

Larry Nickerson
2 months ago

Thank you. I must have hit something by accident and was amazed that my phone screen faded to black in a matter of seconds. I had to go through the steps and it resolved at step 4.

2 months ago

Thank you! None of the advice in the article fixed it, BUT the advice did lead me to a way that did. In the second step, the Reduce White Point step, it was already off. Alas… screen still dark. So, I tried turning it on, then reducing the 5% or whatever the setting was at when switched on to 0%, then when I turned off Reduce White Point the screen was brighter. So, I would add that even if your Reduce White Point is set to off you should turn it on, check that it’s at zero, and turn it… Read more »

3 months ago

i’ve had zoom on for awhile and for some reason one morning the brightness was so low on my phone. it never got darker if i zoomed or anything but all of a sudden it did ? you are awesome thank you

4 months ago

Thank you so much, turning White Point off has helped me so much. Still cannot adjust to the iPhone after using a Honor(Huawei) phone. Those are so good. Got the latest iPhone as a gift though so here we go 🙂

Colin Boyd
3 months ago
Reply to  Ayhan

Glad we could assist with the transition! Enjoy the new phone!

Rebecca Sue
4 months ago

Thanks for helping me out of a dark screen scene!
I recently had enabled the zoom feature. Turned it off and my screen brightness returned!
thanks again!

Liam Shotwell
4 months ago
Reply to  Rebecca Sue

No problem! It happens more often than you might think. I’m glad we were able to help! ?

4 months ago

What a relief! My screen problem is solved. Thanks!

Liam Shotwell
4 months ago
Reply to  Magnus

No problem! I’m glad we could help! ?

4 months ago

Solved a long-running annoyance- thank you

4 months ago

Thank you! I restored the brightness and saved my phone.

5 months ago

Been battling with low brightness for ages whilst brightness has been on max and this has solved it. Genius.

Syverson Dian
6 months ago

Very helpful. The first suggestion worked. Thank you

7 months ago

your “Reduce White Point” solution returned my iPhone screen brightness to normal. Thanks for the solution / fix. I live in the Mojave desert and can now see my screen in bright sunlight. thank you, thank you, thank you.

7 months ago

My Apple Powerbook, which I purchased around 2013 or 14 does a normal POST, displays a normal screen and they suddenly goes BLACK SCREEN making the laptop useless. I went to an APPLE SMART (not so smart IMO ), tech ran a software diagnostic and declared the laptop normal with NO PROBLEM. The tech couldn’t find anything wrong and declared that I should pay $500.00 + to replace the entire mother board.
I’ve researched the problem and don’t find any useful information on my laptops problem. Do you have any recommendations on a fix ? ? ?
Richard Farrell

Liam Shotwell
7 months ago
Reply to  Richard

In my opinion you’re probably better off getting a new MacBook Pro. Although it might cost a bit more than the $500 to replace the motherboard on your current machine, you won’t have to pay a whole lot to get it repaired, especially if you get one with a warranty for the first year or two.

7 months ago

Thanks so much! It worked!

Ralph Ralphs
7 months ago

Tip #2 worked……barely because my screen was really dark. I was frustrated and near giving up.
I kept restarting phone and for a few seconds each restart it would be slightly mote illuminated.

Lyn Edwards
8 months ago

I tried both these tips, but managed to close the “Raise to wake” button and the light came back on.

8 months ago

Great info. Only reset settings was required. . I was apprehensive to do so as I thought the content was going to be erased until I read this article. Thanks

Kelly Stone
8 months ago

Great article! It was my white point setting. Thank you!!

8 months ago

It was Accessibility, then Display & Text Size, then turn off “Reduce Transperancy.”

8 months ago

White point – worked like a charm. Thanks!

9 months ago

This happened to me. It was a quick fix in Settings under Display & Brightness. Just disable truetone and enable again and my phone went back to normal.

9 months ago

thanks a lot very helpful
why do apple updates give us features we don’t want which we then have to chase around to reverse ?

Dr Suresh
10 months ago

very helpful.