iOS 8.1 Trick: Quickly Adjust iPhone Screen Brightness Using Home Button

A quick access to the brightness setting of your phone is one of those finer things in life which you just cannot do without. iOS 8.1 has taken a sharp turn from the conventional means of brightness adjustment and has a built-in trick to get that done on all iPhones out there.

Most smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android, have actually ran and leapt across each other in the bid to provide users with not just quick access to brightness, but frequently used settings as well. iOS 7 brought in the much needed and proven-to-be-helpful Control Center with quick access to frequently used settings, but if swiping and flicking is still too much of a task for you then pressing the Home button thrice is about as easy as it gets.

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However, you still need to activate this shortcut on your iPhone, and will need to tinker with the Accessibility settings in iOS 8.1 to do this.

Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to General > Accessibility > Zoom and then, Enable Zoom.

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Step 2: That being done, you need to tap the screen three times, with three fingers, which should bring up a menu.

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Step 3: Tap Choose Filter, and then select Low Light.


Step 4: Now, open the Settings app once again.

Step 5: In Settings, head over to General >  Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, and set the shortcut to Zoom.

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This is it, you should be able to dim down the brightness on your iPhone with three quick presses of the Home button.

What users love about the iPhone’s display the most is its ability to really dim down in certain conditions and save chunks of battery, but still manage to retain all the fine details. This trick, should really go well with the battery conscious folks out there.

While who doesn’t love a bit of magic, precise control of your brightness setting, being just a swipe away from anywhere in iOS 8.1 seems to be a more appealing feature. Of course, that’s just what I think.

Let us know in the comments section below what you think about this neat trick.

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