'What is True Tone on the iPhone?': How to use the lighting feature that automatically adjusts brightness and color based on your surroundings

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True Tone can change the brightness and color on your iPhone depending on the light in your current environment.

With one of its newer features, Apple seems to acknowledge a simple fact: People use the company's handheld devices a lot.

And to make it easier on the eyes of its users, Apple introduced True Tone in 2016 on iPads and later made the feature available on newer iPhones. Advertisement

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What is True Tone on an iPhone?

If, for example, you're using your iPhone and sitting in front of a bright orange bonfire, with True Tone, your screen will display more warmer colors at a lower intensity to cohesively match the environment.

The feature is available for the iPhone 8 and newer devices, and can be turned on and off using Settings or Control Center.

How to enable True Tone on your iPhone through Settings

1. Open Settings from your iPhone's home screen.


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Select Display & Brightness.


3. Under Brightness, tap the icon to turn True Tone on - once turned on, the button will appear green. Your display will now automatically adjust to "match the ambient light" in your surroundings.


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To turn on True Tone, tap the icon until it appears green.

4. Most newer iPhones have True Tone enabled by default. To disable, follow the previous steps, but deselect True Tone. Advertisement

How to enable True Tone on your iPhone through Control Center

1. To access Control Center, pull your finger up from the bottom of your iPhone's screen (or from the upper right corner on an iPhone X or later). This can be done whether your iPhone is locked or unlocked.

2. Find the Brightness slider (next to the volume slider). Press and hold the sun icon.


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Press and hold the Brightness icon.



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Tap to turn True Tone on or off.

True Tone is a similar feature to Apple's Night Shift, which also alters the colors and brightness on your screen during the evening and early morning hours. Advertisement

For more information on the iPhone's brightness features, read our article, "'Why does the brightness keep changing on my iPhone?': How to turn off auto-brightness and Night Shift, and adjust your brightness manually."

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