Turning ON/OFF Display Auto-Brightness on iOS 11 – to Save Battery or to Enhance Your Screen Viewing

iOS 11 brings so many advancements to iPhone (and iPad and of course iPod Touch). Unfortunately not all those advancements Apple manage to tell us during their WWDC events. Most of them we have to discover ourselves. I, as technology enthusiast, like and love to explore and help to share the findings to the world. This time is how you can turning ON/OFF Display Auto-Brightness on Apple devices with iOS 11.

Before iOS 11, you can easily turn ON/OFF Display Auto-Brightness easily from Settings > Display & Brightness, find Auto-Brightness.
iOS 11 Display Auto-Brightness jilaxzone.com iOS 10 vs iOS 11
iOS 11 Display Auto-Brightness: iOS 10 vs iOS 11 Display & Brightness Settings
However that’s not the case on iOS 11. Apple has moved the Display Auto-Brightness somewhere else deeper and harder to find and leave the Display Auto-Brightness default to ON. The good thing defaulting Auto-Brightness setting to ON is that, it will help you to automatically adjust your screen brightness, depending on where you are, whether on sunny bright day light, night time, inside a room with enough light or dark room with almost no light. The caveat, when Display Auto-Brightness is turned ON, it will deplete your battery faster, first because it utilised the ambient sensor to detect your surrounding, second because screen brightness keep changing where full screen brightness equals to draw more power.

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So here’s how you can turn ON/OFF Display Auto-Brightness on iOS 11.

On iOS 11 the Display Auto-Brightness can be found here:
1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
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iOS 11 Display Auto-Brightness: Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accomodations
2. Find Auto-Brightness.
iOS 11 Display Auto-Brightness jilaxzone.com Display Accomodations
iOS 11 Display Auto-Brightness: There you go! Auto-Brightness hidden on this menu.
3. Switch it ON to make your screen automatically adjust based on your environment, which will make your screen viewing more pleasant; or
4. Switch it OFF to adjust the screen yourself. Adjust at your comfortable viewing. Adjust to an acceptable-lower setting to save some of the battery life.

Which one you prefer: Auto-Brightness ON or OFF?

So which one you prefer more? Make it automatically adjusts or adjust manually and save battery life?
I myself prefer to auto-brightness turned ON, I can compensate on the battery life lost, since it helps me to automatically adjust the screen brightness based on where I am without the hassle to change the screen brightness up/down.
This happened to me quite often – until I turned ON Display Auto-Brightness: I set the Display Auto-Brightness to OFF and I adjust the brightness manually – the setup was a bit low (the idea was to save battery life) but still comfortable for my eyes to see on the screen. I was underground taking public train. When finally arrived at destination, I need to go up to the ground. And when I went up to the ground but forgot to change the display brightness to make it brighter, I couldn’t see anything on my screen and had to struggle to find the brightness setting to make the screen brighter so that I could see what’s on the screen. After some time, I decided to just turn ON the Display Auto-Brightness and compensate on the battery life lost rather than need to always struggle finding the brightness setting.
What about you? Does that happen to you as well? Do comment on comment section below.

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3 thoughts on “Turning ON/OFF Display Auto-Brightness on iOS 11 – to Save Battery or to Enhance Your Screen Viewing

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Hi, I did suspect that auto brightness was depleting my battery life. Thanks for this confirmation

    • April 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

      Hi Yomi, yes it is depleting battery life – but you get the convenience. Turning off the auto brightness, it saves you the battery life but you lose the convenience as you need to keep toggle up/down the screen brightness on different places – indoor, outdoor, bright, dark.

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