How to reduce the white point on your iPhone or iPad and make iOS 7.1 less bright

How to reduce the white point on your iPhone or iPad and make iOS 7.1 less bright

If iOS 7 was difficult or uncomfortable for you to read, then iOS 7.1 could literally be a sight for sore eyes. That's because Apple has included new Accessibility features intended to reduce contrast and enhance usability. One of those reduces the white point a couple of steps to something closer to a very light gray. It might not sound like much but it can make a big difference, especially in dimly-lit situations. Best of all, it's easy to enable!

How to make whites less brighter on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.1 or higher.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Tap on Increase Contrast under the Accessibility menu,
  5. Turn the Reduce White Point option to On.

You should notice your screen dim slightly. From now on iOS will make whites less harsh which should help with visibility, especially at night. Check out the feature and then let me know how it's working for you in the comments. Does it make doing things like reading or playing games in darker environments easier on the eyes?

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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ransonju says:

I love this addition. Now I don't get blinded as badly in low light.

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Danisu says:

It does help a little actually, my eyes are not getting "tired" that quickly. BUT...I still request a night/dark theme mode option to use in iMessage for instance or other bright/white native apps! People who uses Tweetbot, Afterlight or Weekcalendar knows it feels very comfortable to use those apps with their dark/night theme mode in dark areas ♡

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WPSteve says:

I still have to use Triple Click settings for Invert Colors from time to time.

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Wiz_Odd says:

I don't mean to be a jerk, but are you seriously planning to walk through every single one of the lines in the Settings app and make each one into an "article?"

ransonju says:

Why do these articles bother people so much? There are people who might not be aware of these changes and the features you have to dig for. Just don't read the article if you don't need to know!

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rst53 says:

+1 Seriously....these articles are great for those new to the Apple ecosystem. I have sent many of my friends who are new to Apple to iMore so they can learn about the cool tricks and tips of what they can do with their devices. Although I've had mine for a while and know my way around an Apple device, I have read some cool tips that I didn't even know about....so THANK YOU ALLYSON!!!!!

iSRS says:

+1 more. These articles are perfect for new iOS users or those that are not as tech savvy. I often search Ally's articles when someone asks me how to do something and send the link. Clean/clear.

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counterculture says:

+1 not exactly sure what's stuck in the OP's craw but these are definitely helpful for those not as tech savvy as many of us. This could save a few the trouble of heading to the Apple Store, needless complaints and frustration, etc. after all, if they the OP doesn't like it, then don't read. Or do we need an article on that as well? :-p

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zdn1042 says:

I, for one, haven't had the chance to tinker with 7.1 so I think it's great we have articles like this so others (including myself) will know that there is an option for something like this in iOS.

digsoreos says:

Exactly. The OP, like many others, may have already figured some of these tips out on their own. But they may know someone who might benefit from knowing how to make these customized tweaks and who would benefit from a step-by-step explanation. Often, I'll come across helpful hints like these and I'll forward them to friends rather than taking screenshots and spending 20 minutes trying to explain how to do something like I used to do.

Besides, why should iMore strive to be exactly like other tech sites like The Verge or Engadget, which may not take the time to go through step-by-step tips like these? They each have their own style and objectives as tech sites.

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Gregz0r says:

Agreed.

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stephen007 says:

Yeah, I didn't want to be the guy to say it first but I wholeheartedly agree. I roll my eyes whenever I see these articles come out.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

The roll them and move on. When people search google for an explanation of something, we want them to find us. We don't cater to tech nerds, we cater to everyone.

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XavierMatt says:

Ouch. You should probably watch what you say. Your statement was a bit unprofessional.

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stephen007 says:

Wow. I will keep that in mind.

digsoreos says:

Well said. But even tech nerds don't know it all. And even if they do, they most likely know others who don't and who might benefit from these kinds of step-by-step explanation of tips on making the most of their smartphones and tablets.

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KaceZanders says:

First of all I agree with your article having a market, but your response to users that keep your job relevant is very unprofessional. Second please do some spell check before posting a comment, it is very unprofessional.

antypant says:

Thank you for clarifying your point and intent of this article. It infuriates me when 'whingers' input their unnecessarily negative opinions towards something that may be of provision to many people out there.

As you've said - if it's not for you, and you're either not benefiting from it or are unjust about it - simply move on. There's no need to spill your derogatory nonsense here.

GuyBey0ndC00L says:

If the article not for you don't read it, move on the next. People like my Girl love these article. This article is very helpful to her. She get excited to tell me she did it on her own. That mean less time I spent tweaking her iDevices. She learning little by little everyday about tech, computer, tweaks, etc. Its because of simple articles like this. Some people just don't know.

Metro1088 says:

I gave it a try after reading this article and I really really liked the result. I'm keeping it!

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Donald Hawkins1 says:

I actually complained about this to apple initially with ios 7 beta, but I wanted to implement a light and dark mode similar to what wp7/8 offers, but with an apple spin like getting rid of inverted colors mode and making it be the switch. Sadly, this is what I got, but at least it's a start toward it.

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GlennRuss says:

As a general rule, most humans will try things right out of the box. The manual is the last thing we will read. We will get around to it, if we can recall where we put it. I like the tips. Yes I can study up,on the phone all by myself, and know all the features, but I would not be able to, hang out here. You learn something if you hang out here long enough. It is fun, and newsworthy. Yes some articles are a little off the mark, but the the arthors, and all of us together in discussion make iMore. Apple states there is an app for that. I will take that to a higher level. The iOS ninja has a tip for that.

27John117 says:

If you asked me I think the white point is completely useless it dims the screen only a little. I get better results by turning it down manually from the brightness control. Darken colors is useless too can't even tell. Reduce transparency is ok but would rather it be black or at least a control to reduce it the way I want and not the preprogrammed grey. Would also like to have the option to have a control for the color of the keyboards. Wish the grey behind the keys to be darker. Button shapes is is ok but not gonna use it. The new way is fine. The on/off labels is just useless as well. At least for me.

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iSRS says:

Reducing it just a bit is the point. I also don't think it serves the same purpose as brightness. It seems, to me, to just dim the white, not everything. And the darken colors is subtle, which is the point, but everyone who I show it to notices it. And most use it.

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aue123 says:

looks like the type of control your looking for is in android

ewparris says:

The idea that there's a setting for this at all is a failure of design. I loves me my iOS but this is goofy.

counterculture says:

Some generally like the brightness, others don't. I think this is a good medium to satisfy both parties: those who enjoy the brightness, keep off and those who do not, turn on. I don't think it's a flaw in the design but a way to make everyone's experience enjoyable.

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XavierMatt says:

Agreed.

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iSRS says:

I love this and the darken mode. Just enough to make great perfection for me.

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IIJBII says:

I like these articles. It helps me understand what some settings do. People who complain about these just don't click the link to read them.

Arshad_Y_Khan says:

Great articles. This feature works well to reduce the brightness while reading at night. Before even at the lowest brightness level, the screen was still too bright at night.

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Ninotschka says:

Why not simply turn down the brightness setting? More control as it's a slider, not just an on/off button, plus saves battery power.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Doesn't do the same thing. Read the intro. I explain what this does.

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Gregz0r says:

It's not quite f.lux, but it definitely helps a bit.
F.lux is the no1 thing I miss from being jailbroken.
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Allyson Kazmucha says:

Agreed. It's warmer tones. Which I wish apple would implement.

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Danisu says:

To make everyone satisfied is to give us a night/dark theme option to turn on:off simply whatever we use in the phone! Two finger swipe up/down or something. To choose between from white and black SHOULD please everyone...
I like the UI in iTunes (movie tab)!

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Rowanova says:

This helped me, so Thanks Ally. Much appreciated.
Keep up the good work.

Wiz_Odd says:

Ok Allyson explained their motivation nicely -- if someone is doing a search, they want to be the first hit. I come here for news so it's not terribly useful TO ME to see the line-by-line deconstruction of obvious (TO ME) settings functions. So maybe I'll just stop visiting.