How to reduce your iPhone or iPad’s brightness below default level without jailbreaking

If you use your iPhone or iPad at night, even the lowest level brightness may, at times, feel too bright. Luckily, there’s a way to turn down the brightness even below the minimum level, but that setting is hidden inside iOS’ wide variety of accessibility features.

Here’s how to turn down your iPhone or iPad’s screen brightness below what Control Center allows you:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and turn the brightness all the way down from Control Center.
  • Open Settings and navigate to General > Accessibility > Zoom
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  • Scroll down, and turn on the “Show Controller” setting.
  • Go back one page, and scroll down go to “Accessibility Shortcut”
  • Select Zoom. You can now access the Zoom menu by triple clicking your home button.
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  • Go back to your home screen, and triple click the home button to bring up the Zoom menu. (If you don’t see the menu, tap on the circular controller to bring it up.)
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  • Tap on “Choose Filter”, and select “Low Light”.

You’ll see that the screen dims, and is more soothing to the eye. You can dismiss the zoom popover by tapping outside it. You can enable or disable this mode with the triple click shortcut you setup a few steps back.

I use this trick when I’m reading books at night on my iPhone. Most ebook applications have a night mode, but if a reading app doesn’t, then you can use another accessibility trick to enable night mode in any app. As reader ty2012 points out, you can disable the controller by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom and tapping on the toggle for Show Controller to turn it off.

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