Too Bright? Tone Down Those iOS 7 Visuals [iOS Tips]

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iOS 7 changed the visual palette on our favorite Apple mobile devices, and it may not be to everyone’s liking.

If you want to tone it down a bit, consider darkening the colors up, and reducing the white point on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to make things just a little bit less intense.

First of all, tap into your Settings app, and then tap on General. Tap Accessibility, and then swipe down to the Increase Contrast button.

Tap there, and then you can toggle two settings to ON. The first, Darken Colors, will darken up the pastel colors that iOS 7 seems to favor. It’s a subtle effect, but should help if you’re bothered by the brightness all over the system.

Next, toggle the Reduce White Point switch to ON. This makes iOS 7 whites just a bit less bright, making it easier to tolerate if you have a visual disability or need to view your iPhone in darker rooms a lot.

If you really want to go crazy, go ahead and toggle Reduce Transparency to ON, which should improve the contrast on some backgrounds to increase the legibility of text and other system items when they’re displayed on a semi-opaque background.

  • dcj001

    “If you really want to go crazy, go ahead and toggle Reduce Transparency to ON, which should improve the contrast on some backgrounds to increase the legibility of text and other system items when they’re displayed on a semi-opaque background.”

    Actually, “Reduce Transparency” reduces the transparency that Control Center and Notification Center. If/when the transparency is not reduced, Control Center and Notification Center are transparent so that, when they open over the background of the home screen or apps, the home screen or apps will be visible behind the Control Center and Notification Center.

    • dcj001

      Transparency is also present in Siri.

    • dcj001

      Transparency is also present in the Lock screen.

  • herbaled

    I’ve never liked the new light-pastel colors and the low-contrast graphics of the more recent editions of iOS. For someone with diminished vision, it’s more difficult to read than before this cosmetic, non-functional so-called upgrade. What happened with Apple’s function trumps form philosophy?

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