It’s an ages-old dilemma…or at least a months-old one. You turn on your iPad in a dark room, start gaming or surfing the web, and everything’s fine. Then, suddenly, the sun glares in through the open window behind you, the light hits you in the face, and you can’t see anything on your over-brightened screen. So you go into the settings and turn the brightness down to almost zero, and for a half hour or so everything’s fine. Then the sun goes behind a cloud, and you’re left in a dark room with a dark iPad. If the brightness issue is grating on your nerves when you’re gaming, check out our 5 tips below.
1) The Self-Adjusting Screen
Most Apple products, as you may have noticed, have an option in the brightness settings that allows your iPhone or iPad to automatically adjust to the light levels. But if you’re like most iPad users, you may think is a myth based on how frequently it actually works. There’s one thing Apple doesn’t mention – it’s the camera that determines light levels, so a glare on the screen won’t necessarily be compensated for. If you need a quick fix when there’s glare, just move the camera into the center of the light so your screen will adjust.
2) Adjusting Your Own Screen
Another thing about that self-adjusting system: it only adjusts to significant changes in the light, so if you set the level yourself, it will tend to stay there. But if you’re gaming as the sun is rising or setting, your screen might not detect it. Don’t be afraid to pause the game and do a quick fix of your own if your iPad isn’t doing it for you.
When gaming inside, we don’t always like to use artificial light. After all, why not open the window and let in the sun? Well, when using an iPad, the answer may be: because the sun is unpredictable. To solve that problem, we turn on lights and open the window, so that any shifts in sun won’t have as great an effect. Still, keep the brightness on the higher side, so that if the sun disappears you’ll still be able to see.
When you’re gaming, there’s nothing more annoying than suddenly not being able to see. You’re either going to have to pause the game, or, if you can’t see well enough to do that, crash and burn. So, when we’re outside, we prefer a medium level light. Too low, and you won’t be able to see at all. But too high, and every shift in clouds will be an opportunity for glares.
5) Public Transportation
Whether you take public transit to work, carpool, or have your own personal driver, there are plenty of times where you’re moving but still have a free hand. The problem is, a super bright screen in a car or fast-moving train can look streaky and hurt your eyes. We keep the light levels low when we’re travelling – besides, if you’re underground on the subway, who needs any more light than those fluorescent ones?
So, maybe it’s not the worst problem in the world, but now it shouldn’t be a problem at all anymore! If you have any issues, drop a comment below or on our Facebook page.