How to Adjust the iPad's Brightness

1. Adjusting the iPad's Brightness in the iPad Settings 

The iPad includes an auto-brightness feature which helps to adjust the iPad's brightness based on the surrounding ambient light, but sometimes this is not enough to get the brightness of the iPad display just right.  This is especially true if you use the iPad for many different tasks.  You may want the brightness low when reading a book in bed, but you might not want it too low when streaming a movie.


Adjusting the iPad's brightness is also a great way to save battery power, which will allow you to use your iPad for longer periods of time without plugging it in for a quick charge.

The Quickest Way to Adjust Brightness Is in the Control Panel  

Did you know the iPad has a hidden control panel for quick access to music controls and common settings like Bluetooth and Brightness?   You can open the iPad's Control Panel by sliding your finger from the very bottom edge of the screen up towards the top of the screen.  The Control Panel will open as you move your finger upwards.  Remember to start with your finger at the very edge of the display.  

The brightness controls on the Control Panel are on the right, just above the quick access buttons to the Timer and the Camera.   The slider works just like the slider in Settings, with moving it to the left decreasing the brightness and moving the button to the right increasing it.

  Read more about options on the Control Panel.

How to Adjust the iPad's Brightness in Settings:

There are two ways to adjust the brightness of the iPad's display.  The first way involves going into the iPad's settings by tapping the Settings icon.  (Find out how to do this...)  

Once inside of settings, scroll down the left-side menu and choose "Display & Brightness".

 If you have an older iPad, you may have a choice of "Brightness & Wallpaper".  If that is the case, you may not see all of the same options, but you will be able to adjust the brightness.

You can adjust the brightness by moving the circular button to the left to make it less bright and to the right to make the screen more bright.  You can also adjust other settings such as Auto-Brightness, Text Size, and Bold Text.

Should You Turn Auto-Brightness Off?

It is usually best to leave the auto-brightness on. This feature will brighten the screen when there is not as much ambient light and dim the screen where the iPad detects you are in a bright room or outside during the day. This feature will keep you from needing to adjust the iPad's brightness when you take it into a dark room or bring it outside with you.

What Is Night Shift?

The Display & Brightness settings also includes access to Night Shift.  This feature changes the color spectrum of the iPad based on the time of day in order to reduce the amount of blue light displayed at night.  Blue light has been shown to disrupt sleep, so if you often use the iPad right before retiring for the night and often find it difficult to get to sleep, you might try turning this feature on.


Night Shift allows you to set a schedule for when to turn the feature on and off, so you won't need to fiddle with the settings each night.   You can also control how much of a shift in the color spectrum happens with the Less Warm to More Warm slider.

What About Text Size and Bold Text?

The Text Size option takes you to a screen allowing you to adjust the size of text when an app uses Dynamic Type.   Not all apps use Dynamic Type, so this might not do you much good.  However, if your eyesight is just bad enough to make you squint but not bad enough for you to use the Zoom feature, it's a good bet to adjust the text size.

 At the very least, it won't hurt.

Turning on Bold Text is another way to combat failing vision.  It will cause most normal text to become bold, which makes it easier to see.  

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