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gleefully converted Level 1 Level 1

Hi apple smarties,

I know that in ios 5.0 there used to be a shortcut that could be put on the homescreen for brightness adjustments, and it was taken away in 5.1 but has anyone found a workaround for later ios versions? I also tried asking siri to decrease the brightness but she said she couldn't do it!? I know there are apps out there, but I guess it would be just as fast for me to open up settings>brightness as it would for me to open up an app.  I wish that little double tap of the home button and slide to the left would be available on the iphone as it is on the ipad.  Am I missing something here? Does anyone know the right words to ask siri to do it?  I don't have a jailbroken phone.   Thanks! 


iPhone 5, iOS 6
Reply by DrewAlexander on Feb 10, 2013 8:19 AM Helpful
I've found a decent workaround using the "Brightness" app from the AppStore. After installing the app, go to the app's settings (click the "i" in the circle at the top of the screen) and toggle ON the "Brightness Control" option. This will put the app in the Notification Center, where you can access it by swiping down from the top of the screen. Once you've got it in the Notification Center, you can also adjust the position of the app among the notifications to be near the top, so it's easy to see and get to without having to scroll down among your notifications. After following these steps, adjusting brightness takes these steps: 1. Swipe from the top to reveal the Notification Center2. Tap the Brightness notification (the message with the blue dot next to it)3. Slide the app's brightness control slider to the desired level, or tap one of the presets you've created. This is about as close as I can get it to the iPad OS experience, where you: 1. Double-click the home button2. Swipe to the right to reveal the brightness slider at the far left of the apps and settings3. Slide the brightness control slider to the desired level Why Apple doesn't make this functionality/user experience identical across all mobile devices on their OS is beyond me. I use this feature every day, many times a day. Without it, the steps are: 1. Home2. Settings3. Scroll down4. Brightness5. Slide the brightness control slider to the desired level Of course, if you keep the Brightness setting open in Settings (rather than exiting out of it inside of Settings), you can reduce the steps to: 1. Home2. Settings (lands you in the Brightness panel)3. Slide the brightness control slider to the desired level

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  • MyNameIsThanos Level 2 Level 2

    You can adjust the brightness of your iPhone manually, on Settings>Brightnes & Wallpaper

     

    Try ask siri to adjust brightness.

    If she doesn't understand, that means that this funtion is not available for Siri

  • gleefully converted Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks...but I know that.  I'm looking for a shorter way to do it than that way.

  • MyNameIsThanos Level 2 Level 2

    Shorter than that? Really? hah, i really dk

  • gleefully converted Level 1 Level 1

    I know...it's a bit lazy, right? But I repeat the action every night.

  • MyNameIsThanos Level 2 Level 2

    Set up to adjust automatically, your iPhone will adjust the brightness according to your ambient light

  • alynn123 Level 1 Level 1

    I just discovered this on accident tonight an found this post while googling what people had to say about it.

     

    Lock your phone using the top right button. Then while its locked, hit the top right lock button then the home button immediately after. If you're doing it right, it won't take a screen shot, but it'll turn your brightness down!

  • gleefully converted Level 1 Level 1

    I tried several times (different ways too) but it will only take a picture. Any suggestions? I appreciate you trying though!

  • grmullins Level 1 Level 1

    I wish I had an answer... but I can't figure anything out.  I hope apple comes up with something for this!

  • ravfromvancouver Level 1 Level 1

    There are a bunch of Apps that do adjust the brightness.I use Qbright.All you do is set it to low and full brightness,then when you it at full brightness,just tap Qbright.It will auotmatically set the brighness to full and then quit.And if you want to go back to low brightness,tap it again.

  • samiwas1 Level 1 Level 1

    You can adjust the brightness of your iPhone manually, on Settings>Brightnes & Wallpaper

     

    Shorter than that? Really? hah, i really dk

     

    When you have to set brightness every single morning, this gets old really fast.

     

    Set up to adjust automatically, your iPhone will adjust the brightness according to your ambient light

     

    This would be absolutely perfect, if it worked at all.  The iPhone's idea of "dark" is to lower the brightness about 2% between a bright room and a dark room.  When I wake up in the morning and check on our baby through his video monitor on the phone, it blinds me every morning. So I go to settings and turn down the brightness.  Then when I finally get up, I go to settings again and turn the brightness up so I can see it in a brighter room.

     

    It's simply silly how badly the auto brightness function works.

     

    Thanks for the QBright suggestion above ravfromvancouver...I'll check this out.

  • ravfromvancouver Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you Samiwas 1.That app "Qbright" is  what I use all the time for video.And this another reason that firing of Scott Forstall maybe a welcome step up for IOS.Because users for years have been requesting simple toggles  switches for on and off for Bluetooth and WI-FI or a brightness toggle,instead of digging into a dozen menues to do this. But never did we get this,but the competitors had this from day one.And I know you have access to bluetooth on the first page of settings now,but you still have go into at menu to on and off it.But not to have these simple switches or brighntness/volume controls by now in IOS 6,just tells me the typical "I know whats best" attitude from the software team that was headed by Mr Forstall,and maybe in IOS 7 simple things like this will be finally present.

  • Level 2 Level 2

    By now, you should know that apple's philosophy (not that I like it or support it) is to not provide easy shortcuts for commonly used tasks like brightness, wifi/cellular off, gps on/off etc. everything has to be done with multiple steps by going into settings.

     

    somehow it helps their bottom line...

  • ravfromvancouver Level 1 Level 1

    But there are shortcuts in the Desktop version of Mac OS,up in the right hand corner from the start,so its not something new.The notification center would have been the perfect place for the toggle switches in IOS,but a no go.

  • Level 2 Level 2

    but we're not talking about desktop here.

     

    desktop OS is also wall-free... whereas ios is a walled garden.

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