Best Tips For Using iPhone In The Dark And Reducing Eye Strain

One of the best parts of using an iPhone is that it’s pretty awesome in adapting to the natural light and adjust its screen’s color accordingly. It helps in reducing eye strain and help users with a healthier screen. But those are not just the features that come handy when you’re using the iPhone in the dark.

Here’s how you can get a darker screen on iPhone and reduce your eye strain while using it at night or in the dark:

Tips for Using an iPhone in the Dark

1. How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone

iPhone was blessed with a system-wide dark mode with the launch of iOS 13 last year. Dark Mode completely revamps the interface of not just your iPhone’s menus but also the apps by giving them a dark background with light text over the screen. This makes it easier for users to read on-screen in the dark and reduce strain.

Using dark mode on the iPhone is pretty easy, and it can be enabled directly through phone settings. Follow these steps to get dark mode on iPhone:

Step 1: Head to Settings>>Display and Brightness.

Display & Brightness

Step 2: Change appearance settings on iPhone by switching to Dark.

Dark Mode

Step 3: In case, you want an adaptable toggle between Light and Dark appearances, you can always select Automatic. Your phone would auto-switch according to the light between both appearances.

Automatic Appearance

Step 4: You can always set your own preference over when you want dark mode on iPhone enabled during the day.

Custom Schedule for Appearance

iPhone’s voice assistant Siri, which has a number of shortcut abilities, can also enable dark mode on your iPhone over voice commands. The iOS 13 dark mode is designed to be adaptable. This is the reason that all the system apps and some third-party apps directly switch to dark mode on the iPhone. However, there are certain applications such as Facebook Messenger that has its settings to enable dark mode. The dark mode for Gmail on iPhones is also enabled from within the app.

2. How to Use Night Shift on iPhone

It has been found in various researches that a blue flash of light influences our brain to stay alert, thus hampering our sleep patterns. It is said that since we see blue in the sky during day time, our brain associates that fact with alertness. On the other hand, an orange flash of light, similar to the end of the day associates with winding down, which ultimately leads us to our sleep in dark.

But, since the phone’s screen light is blue, our brain tends to stay alert even in the dark and hampers our sleep. With the iPhone, you can enable the Night Shift mode to turn the screen color a bit warmer and reduce the impact of blue screen light. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Head to Settings>>Display and Brightness.

Step 2: Tap Night Shift.

Night Shift Toggle

Step 3: Schedule Night Shift between a specified time as per your preference.

Schedule Night Shift

Step 4: Alternatively, you can enable Sunset to Sunrise dynamic schedule, wherein Night Shift will automatically be enabled near the time of sunset and would be automatically disabled near sunrise.

Night Shift Sunrise to Sunset

Step 5: Change the color temperature via the slider bar to decide the warmth of the color of the screen when Night Shift is on.

Color Warm Temp.

There is no hard evidence supporting that warm screen color would help in the healthier screen. But it surely dims the light of the iPhone screen and reduces eye strain.

Read More: Why Should I Activate Blue Light Filter On My Devices?

3. How to Enable Color Tint on iPhones

Human eyes have a natural night vision that allows all of us to view objects and see clearly to some extent, even in the dark. But, when you have a constant blue light flashing on your eyes in the dark, you tend to lose the night vision.

This the reason that vehicle headlights have red filters on them so that the vision of the people coming from the front is not blurred. Similarly, iPhones have a feature called Color Tint, that adds a similar filter to the screen, allowing you to preserve your night vision.

Here’s how you can enable Color Tint via Color Filters on your iPhone:

Step 1: Head to Settings>>Accessibility.

Accessibility Color Tint

Step 2: Tap on Display and Text Size.

Display and Text Size _Color tint

Step 3: Tap on Color Filters.

Color Filters_Color tint

Step 4: Toggle-on Color Filters and then tap on Color Tint from the bottom of the list.

Step 5: Set the Intensity and Hue of the Color Tint to the maximum by moving the sliders to the maximum limit. This would help in the maximum possible preservation of night vision.

Intensity & Hue

The screenshot above won’t display the effects of Color Tint as the filter is applied to the display. Any image or screenshot captured is not affected by the red color filter.

Read More: Best Blue Light Filter apps for Android

4. How to Enable LED Flash for Alerts

LED Flash for Alerts can be used when you wish to keep your phone down to relax your eyes, but do not want to let go off significant notifications. When LED flash alerts are on, your iPhone’s flashlight will glow whenever there is a message notification or some other app notification on your mobile. This way, you can put the screen aside and can keep up with important notifications as well.

Here’s how to enable LED Flash for Alerts:

Step 1: Head to Settings>>Accessibility.

Step 2: Tap Audio/Visual.


Step 3: Toggle-on LED Flash for Alerts.

Step 4: You can also toggle-on Flash on Silent. In this case, you’ll continue to receive flash alerts even if your phone is on silent.

LED Flash for Alerts

These four iPhone abilities allow users to reduce eye strain and help them sustain healthier sleep. While users struggle with excessive social media addiction, these steps can help them minimize the impact of excessive confrontation with the phone’s screen. iPhones have an in-built screen-time tracker to limit phone usage, but since users themselves control it, they always tend to extend the time limit. Maybe these methods of promoting sleep and reducing eye strain can bring a slight difference.

Read More: Why Should You Enable LED Flash Notifications on your iPhone?

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  • comment_avtar
    Mansi Vijay
    Hi, Does true tone reduce eye strain?

    4 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Abhishek Sharma
      True Tone is like automatic brightness adjustment. With this mode one, your iPhone would adapt to the light of your surroundings to give a warmer display. Yes, it does a fine job in reducing strain. Since it’s synchronizing colors and display for you to view your phone screen conveniently, it automatically reduces some strain off your eyes as you need not hassle to get a proper look on your screen.

      4 years ago

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