How to Adjust the iPad's Brightness

The iPad control panel


Adjusting the brightness setting on your iPad is a great way to save a little battery power, which will allow you to use your tablet for longer periods of time before it needs a charge. You may also want to adjust the brightness to compensate for glare when using the iPad outside or tone it down a little when reading at night. 

The iPad includes an auto-brightness feature which changes the iPad's display based on the surrounding ambient light, but sometimes this is not enough to get the display just right. This is especially true if you use the iPad for many different tasks. Here are some ways to adjust the brightness on your iPad.

These instructions apply to iPads running iOS 10 or later.

How to Adjust Brightness in the Control Center

The iPad's Control Center is a convenient way to adjust several settings regardless of which app you have open. Here's how to use it:

  1. First, open the Control Center by sliding your finger down from the top-right corner of the screen.

    Opening the control panel on iPad
  2. The brightness controls are one of two vertical sliders, along with volume control, in the middle-right area of the Control Center. Slide your finger up and down to adjust the brightness.

    How to adjust iPad brightness
  3. You can also turn on Night Shift from Control Center by tapping the moon icon. This setting will tone down the amount of blue light the screen displays and may help if you find it hard to fall asleep after using the iPad.

    Turn down iPad's brightness
  4. Press the Home button or tap anywhere else on the screen to close Control Center.

How to Adjust Brightness in Settings

You can also adjust your iPad's brightness in Settings. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app.

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  2. Tap Display & Brightness.

    How to adjust brightness on iPad
  3. Drag the slider at the top of the screen left and right to adjust the brightness.

    How to adjust brightness on iPad
  4. You can also adjust other settings such as Auto-Brightness, Text Size, and Bold Text. Auto-Brightness will detect the ambient light in the room and adjust the brightness of the display based on that level.

Using Night Shift

The Display & Brightness settings also include access to the Night Shift feature. While Night Shift is activated, the color spectrum of the iPad shifts to limit blue light to help you get a better night's sleep after using the iPad.

Night Shift menu on iPad

From the Display & Brightness settings, tap on Night Shift to customize the feature. tap From/To to specify times during which Night Shift will be active. Choose "Sunset to Sunrise" to make it automatic. Adjust the slider at the bottom to control the temperature of the light when Night Shift is on.

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. It can make the type bigger and smaller to compensate for diminished vision. Turning on Bold Text causes most normal text to become bold, which also makes it easier to read.

Not all apps use Dynamic Type.

True Tone

If you have a newer iPad like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, you may see the option to turn True Tone on or off. True Tone is a new technology that tries to mimic the behavior of natural light on objects by detecting ambient light and adjusting the iPad's display to match it. In real life, a piece of paper might range from very white under the artificial light of a bulb to a little yellow under the sun. True Tone tries to mimic this for the iPad's display.