Ever since I got my Apple Watch, there has always been an issue with the screen brightness. I should clarify this is a bad user experience with good intention. The brightness on my watch’s screen works fine when it’s outside with a lot of sunlight. But when I return indoor, the screen readjust itself, and the brightness would dim down.
After my visit with the Genius Bar, I’ve found out the cause and a partial solution.
Does the Apple Watch Have Auto Brightness?
Of course. You might not be able to find the setting for it, but the Apple Watch does have an ambient light sensor inside it. This allows the watch screen to adjust its brightness automatically based on the lighting it’s surrounded in.
Adjusting your screen brightness
Before we do anything, let’s make sure that you’ve maxed the brightness of your Apple Watch. To do so:
- From your iPhone, open the Watch app
- Go to My Watch > Brightness & Text Size
- Use the slider to adjust it according to your needs
You can also config this from the Settings app on the watch.
Still not working?
If you have already done so and the Apple Watch screen still doesn’t seem dazzling especially in the dark environment, there is a little trick to fix this issue.
As soon as your Apple Watch screen starts to dim down:
- Take out your iPhone
- Open Control Center and enable Flashlight
- Point the light directly at your watch screen
This will get the watch to its full brightness setting in a dark room or places with lack of light.
The point of having auto brightness or should I say ambient light sensor on your Apple Watch is to preserve battery. We all know there is still room for improvement when it comes to longer usage. If you want some tips on how to save the battery life of your watch, check this guide.
What others are saying about the brightness feature on their Apple Watch…
So is there a way to set the brightness on my watch? Lately it’s been coming up very dim, almost like it’s glitchy, and then when I shift a bit (maybe where more light hits the watch face sensor?) it’ll brighten up. But I’m not liking how it’s dim. It’s an Apple Watch SE. edited to add that I found where to make it brighter- but it’s almost like the display is delayed- it takes a minute to get bright. That’s a relatively new thing. And the watch is not even 2 months old.
Anybody else notice that after updating to WatchOS 7, the watch display is dimmer than it was before? I tried turning the brightness all the way on the watch and watch app settings on the iPhone but it’s still dim and not much difference between bright and low. I also restarted the watch, it’s still dim. I’m using a series 4 watch.
The brightness on my I watch seemed to have damned. Could somebody help me figure out what I could do to fix it? I have already gone to the settings on the Watch and turn the brightness all the way up.
Very happy Apple Watch S4 user here, considering whether to upgrade to S5? Or, wait for S6 this autumn? What are the pros/cons of upgrading from S4 to S5? I have not noticed much difference except for the compass and the flexible screen brightness.
Does your Apple Watch 3 dim when outdoors and you can’t see the screen? Is there a fix beyond adjusting the brightness slider? That didn’t fix the issue.
The watch should max the brightness outside. You cannot disable ambient light sensor on Watch. Turning the brightness all the way up is the only setting. Each watch version has gotten a better screen for outdoor viewing. Maybe just shading the direct sun with your hand is the only solution.
I’m throwing out this question concerning AW4 and possibly previous models. My watch is too bright at night. There are 3 brightness levels, and even the lowest is too bright. I have noticed that after the display turns off, that if you turn the stem, you can gradually turn the display from dark to light, but goes back to the original setting the next time the display comes on. Does anyone know if there is a way to make the brightness permanent?
At night I put my watch in theater mode. The face does not light up unless I show it either by pressing the stem or tapping the face (very bright) or turning the stem just enough to see the time. That works well for me and doesn’t flash light every time I move my arm.
Does anyone have same problem like me (watchos7.1) when you go to dark place, eg: your room is light off or night time the brightness of the screen is low but once you are out it’s back to normal…So confusing, anyone know how to switch this function off ? Or this is automatically
The watch automatically adjusts for ambient light, but there is no way to set the percentage it adjusts by. You can adjust the “normal” brightness, but it will still “change” by the same percentage as the ambient light changes.
I need more brightness in Apple Watch series 4 for outside Why the brightness level is low in Apple Watch.