How to reduce screen brightness beyond the basic slider

How to reduce screen brightness beyond the basic slider

The smartphone displays we spend so much time looking at are not good for us. There are several negative effects that the unnatural light can cause, but fortunately, there is a solution to this. In this article, we discuss how to reduce the brightness of your screen.

Reducing your screen's brightness has its benefits

The light from our devices can disrupt our sleep patterns and strain our eyes, which is a good reason to consider reducing the brightness of your screen. To a certain extent, you can do so with your cell phone's standard settings, but with an app, you can reduce the brightness even further.

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It is possible to reduce your display brightness below the lowest standard setting. / © NextPit

How to dim your screen below the minimum brightness

Download Lux Lite via the link here:

  1. Upon installation, follow the instructions to give it 'usage data access'.
  2. Find Usage access in your settings and make sure that Lux Lite is allowed.
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To use Lux Lite, you will have to give the app access to some usage settings. / © NextPit

Now you can use the app. So to get started, follow the steps below:

  1. Tap the app icon.
  2. Adjust your display brightness to a far greater extent than was previously possible.

The midpoint on Lux's brightness scale is 0 percent, which is basically the same as your smartphone's standard lowest setting. Lux lets you dim the screen far beyond this point, and also offers a number of settings for automating its brightness during the day or in certain conditions.

As well as being better for your sleep cycle, a darker display also consumes less power than a bright one, so dimming your phone's screen will be good for battery life too.  

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Lux is a comprehensive app with a lot of customizable settings. / © NextPit

Have you dimmed your screen brightness? Has it helped? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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  • I've been using apps that reduces brightness for 5 years now because I use my phone while on the bed when it's totally dark, but only one app did really a 100% job, it didn't put any colors on the screen, it just reduces the brightness and you get your pure colors.
    The app is called: Lower Brightness Screen Filter by Wormhole SpaceTools.

  • My mobile screen is not AMOLED display that's why this tips is helpful for me.

  • marco sarli
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    Jan 9, 2020 Link to comment

    I really do not see the point. Nowadays phones have settings to use night light

  • Keep off that data collection app, harvesting info from your phone, why would it need access to location and all that info?

  • I just replaced the LCD of my Samsung Galaxy c7000 and I noticed that the auto screen brightness has stopped working. The display is too bright and I can't dim it. It's hurting my eyes. I've tried changing the settings but it just doesn't work.
    Please help me out.

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    Deactivated Account Oct 22, 2018 Link to comment

    Just wondering how much resources and battery drain will you have using this app? And how much do you save with a darker screen? My guess is the little bit you save will be canceled out by the app using it if not more. Not sure just a theory.

  • Very nice app. Super happy I found this page. Thank you!

  • The problem is with the "material guidelines" that are set upon the ui. Google likes white, or light Grey, and will use their philosophy on as much as they can(look at the new Google assist page). I, for one have tried to use substratum to calm this down, as best I could. Substratum devs are trying to keep up, and I applaud them, as automatic adjust methods just don't cut it.

  • Sorin May 7, 2018 Link to comment

    At one point I used "Screen Filter" to reduce the brightness of the screen, which was perfect in the interior. Unfortunately, when I was out, the light of the screen was not enough even with "Screen Filter" disabled, because my phone is not one of the best.
    These screen savers are very useful for those who use the phones more in interior spaces or to somewhat less light, as this also saves battery power.

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  • Brightness Slider Pro and Screen Filter seems to best applications i use to make sure my screen brightness does not drain my phones battery,so 30% to 40% is the most i set my screens brightness,and while not using the phone turn on screen filter which really does stop the screen draining the battery,and so good when sleeping

  • I don't use one on my phone. During the day, mostly M-F my phone is my work lifeblood. By the end of the day, when I sit it down, I rarely touch it til the next day unless I get a phone call. My home PC on the other hand, I wouldn't touch without F.Lux I think it really makes a difference in the blue light problems associated with headaches, not sleeping and what not. It's so subtle that you don't even really notice it changing.

  • I use the Twilight app to adjust color and brightness auto adjusted with sunrise and sunset.

  • You're leaving out the most important - and eye-saving, sleep-preserving - feature of Lux: Night Mode. You can tap an icon in your notifications or set it to turn on automatically, and it fades the harmful blue light and provides a melatonin-friendly soft warm glow that doesn't interfere with reading.

  • I recently updated my Samsung 4 note 's software and accidentally accepted that all my information be stored on the drive . Problem is I am now having notifications for just about everything thus Facebook , emails , whatsapp , messages , applications updates and they keep beeping if I do not read them or acknowledge thEm. How can I undo this as my phone is now a nuisance ? Thanks

  • Awesome thinking.

  • Thank you so much for this info. Just downloaded Lux and I loved it. Android Central used to be my first fave site for anything android but now it's AndroidPit. You rock guys.

  • Aswin Oct 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I rarely put my brightness above minimum on my Nexus 5. The auto mode takes care of it (brighter in bright day light, darker in shade). For dime mode I use Screen filter. Very handy when at the cinema. A lot of similar apps exist.

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