How to Control the Backlight on an iPad

By KR Knowlin

Improper iPad display brightness can cause eyestrain and make it difficult to view the device's screen. Having the screen at its maximum brightness also drains the battery unnecessarily. Adjust your iPad's display when lighting conditions call for it . By default, the iPad's Auto-Brightness feature uses the device's built-in ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the display's brightness to fit your current lighting conditions. Turn off the Auto-Brightness feature for more control of your iPad's backlight.

Adjusting Screen Brightness in Settings

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" icon on the iPad's home screen. Select "Wallpapers & Brightness."

Step 2

Slide the "Auto-Brightness" switch to "Off."

Step 3

Drag the slider left to dim the screen's brightness. Drag the slider right to brighten the screen.

Adjusting Brightness With Control Center

Step 1

Drag your finger from the bottom of the iPad's screen upward to open the iPad's Control Center. You can do this from the home screen as well as from any app.

Step 2

Look for the Brightness control slider. It has a small light icon and a large light icon on either side. Drag the slider left to reduce the brightness or right to increase the brightness.

Step 3

Close the Control Center by dragging it down to the bottom of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to Apple iPads with iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.