Adjusting the Brightness on an Android phone

One of the biggest users of battery power on any Android smart phone is the screen. Most of the time you don’t need the screen on the brightest setting unless you are outside in bright sun. It is better to either set the brightness to self-adjust according to the ambient light of your surroundings or to set it manually.

There are basically two ways to adjust the brightness:

Under Settings, navigate to Sound and Display. Scroll down and hit “Brightness” Here you can manually adjust the brightness or can set it to be automatic. The automatic setting uses the built in light sensor on the phone to detect how bright the ambient light is where you are, and then sets the screen brightness accordingly. Of course, not everyone has the same needs in terms of brightness in a given situation.

(From left to right the buttons turn on and off:  1. wireless 2. Bluetooth 3. GPS 4. Syncing accounts 5. Brightness)

(From left to right the buttons turn on and off: 1. wireless 2. Bluetooth 3. GPS 4. Syncing accounts 5. Brightness)

The way I like to do it is to use the Power widget. Hold down a blank home screen and up pops a menu. Select “Android Widgets”. There you will find one called “Power control”. This nice little feature lets you do a number of things. The far right button adjusts the brightness of the screen on three levels: low, medium, high. It is good practice for long battery life to keep it on the lowest setting, or the medium setting until you need something brighter.


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