This can be a frustrating issue and many users have reported their screens being dark and not knowing what’s caused it. There can be a few settings you’ve changed that can cause your iPhone or iPad to get dark. The best way to fix this is to reset the screen settings by turning bold text and then off.

Go to the Settings app > Tap on Display & Brightness > turn Bold text on, then off after your device has rebooted. Down below are more ways to fix this problem.

Why is iPad or iPhone Screen Dark?

The first reason why your iPhone OR iPad screen is too dark is because of something you’ve set in the Settings app. There are actually a few different settings that have the power to change the brightness of your iPhone display without you knowing.

Another reason your iPhone or iPad is too dark is that the screen is damaged. If you’ve recently dropped your device on the floor or it’s got water damage, you’ll need to get your LCD screen fixed.

You can scroll down below to see how to get your device fixed effortlessly for an affordable price. The last reason your iPhone or iPad may be too dim is because of a minor or major software issue. There are multiple ways you can fix this type of issue and I’m going to show you how to do just that in the settings app.

If your iPhone or iPad’s brightness is not working or not changing, it could be down to the fact that there’s a bug on your device that’s causing the screen not to react when you change the brightness. Another reason why your brightness could not be working is a problem with your screens LCD. To fix this, you’ll need to get your iPad or iPhone fixed.

What to Do If iPhone or iPad Screen is Dark

If your iPhone or iPad has gone dark, then you need to troubleshoot the problem to see if it’s actually coming from a setting you set, a bug, or your LCD is damaged. To do this, you’ll have to go through your device and check various things.

1. Make sure the Brightness is fully on

The first step you can take to get your iPhone or iPad screen brighter again to normal again is to make sure the brightness is fully on. This Is the most obvious step to take but it’s always good to make sure that your brightness is fully up, and some new users may not know how to do this.

To push your brightness up, you can swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to access the control centre, you’ll see a cursor, make sure it’s swiped all the way up. If you swiped the cursor up and your screen brightness went up, the brightness was too low.

2. Switch Bold Text on and off

If your screen is still dark than normal, then you should turn the bold text on and off in the settings app. Doing this is going to reset the screen settings on your iPhone or iPad.

This is probably the best solution to fixing your screen’s brightness and not many people know about it. To turn bold text on and off:

  1. Go to the Settings
  2. Tap on Display & Brightness
  3. Toggle Bold Text on

You’re going to receive a pop-up warning that your iPhone is going to restart. Click on the restart button and your device is going to turn off then back on.

Once your device has turned on, go back into the same settings and toggle off the bold text option. This should have fixed the issue and if it did, comment down below.

3. Check White Point Settings

If your screen is still dark and changing your brightness doesn’t work, then you need to check your White point settings. The white point settings have the ability to make your iPhone or iPad a lot dimmer because the purpose of it is to reduce harsh colours on your display.

You may have accidentally turned this on or someone may have meddled with your device changing your white point settings in the process. To change your white point settings:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Tap on the General
  3. Tap on Accessibility
  4. Go to Display Accommodations
  5. If the ‘Reduce White Point’ is on, toggle it off

You can also check how intense it was by checking the percentage on the right.

4. Increase the Contrast

The next reason your iPhone or iPad may be too dim is because of the contrast of your device. If the contrast settings on your device are turned on, this can cause your display to look a bit dimmer than normal. To change your contrast:

  1. Go to the settings app
  2. Tap on General
  3. Go to Accessibility
  4. Tap on ‘Increase Contrast’
  5. Toggle off ‘Reduce Transparency’ and ‘Darken Colours’

If both of these were turned on, this could have caused your device to look darker. If your device is still dim, go to the next step.

5. Turn off Auto-Brightness

Another feature that could be causing your iPad or iPhone to be too dark to see is the auto-brightness feature. You need to make sure that the auto-brightness feature isn’t turned on.

This allows your screen to change your brightness depending on the light around you. If auto-brightness is turned on, this can cause your device to look considerably darker. You can change this in the Settings app.

  1. Go to General
  2. Tap on Accessibility
  3. Go to Magnify
  4. Make sure this is turned off

6. Reset all Settings

If a software issue is causing your iPhone or iPad screen to be dim, reset all settings is going to fix this.

There may be a minor problem with the settings app due to all the settings you’ve made within the app and reset all settings is going to reset all of them. To reset all settings:

  1. Launch the settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Tap on reset at the bottom
  4. Hit Reset All Settings
  5. Enter your password and confirm your decision

Your device is then going to restart. Once it’s restarted, all your settings should be wiped and you should be able to notice that your screen is a lot less dim.

7. Repair your LCD Display

The last option is to get your LCD Display repaired because it’s most likely damaged. Going to the Apple store is the best option for this but, you’ll need to go to the store and schedule an appointment. After you’ve scheduled it, they will give you a date to come in which could take a few weeks.