Adaptive Brightness on Mobile Phones: Good or Bad?

adaptive brightness on smartphonesMajority of smartphones today have the adaptive brightness feature. Some phones call it auto-brightness. This feature automatically alters the brightness of the screen depending on the environment you are in. How effective the feature is depends on the phone you are using.

Some people see this adaptive brightness feature as unnecessary while to others, it is an important feature that saves them time. Therefore, is the adaptive brightness feature on mobile phones good or bad?

The Good

Certainly, the adaptive brightness feature has good aspects that we cannot ignore. Most people use the auto-brightness feature to their advantage. To some it is very crucial. For people who get their hands dirty during the day, the auto-brightness feature is a must-use.

If you do cycle and use your phone to check time, you will need auto-brightness. While cycling you don’t have time to scroll down the drop down menu and adjust brightness. If the phone can do it for you, that is awesome.

This applies to many other activities. Any work that requires so much of your attention will force you to have this adaptive brightness feature.

Short Story

A father was working on a yard in his home. He had mud on his hands and he was sweating badly. He had set specific time to work on that project. Using his phone, he had an alarm to ring after forty-five minutes.

When the forty-five minutes passed, the phone began ringing. Immediately, he remembered that the wife had put their 7 month old to bed a few minutes ago and had gone shopping. He didn’t want to wake the baby.

He ran to the house to turn the alarm off. But he had set the brightness of his phone to minimum. Having been out in the sun for some time, he could barely see anything on the screen of the phone. He could not even adjust the brightness of the phone.

His hands were muddy and sweaty. The screen was dim and the guy was in panic. He ended up waking the baby with all the noise and fumbling.

This is just one case of how not having auto-brightness on a phone can cause you trouble. You may also have your own story to tell of how missing adaptive brightness on your phone affected you.

The Bad

Adaptive brightness on smartphones has shortcomings that may be too hard to bear for some people. The first big problem is the unreliability of the adaptive brightness itself. Sometimes the phone sets the brightness too high when there is little light in the room.

Other times, the brightness is too low for you to see when your room has a lot of light. It is hard for the phone to get the brightness right. Closely related to finding the perfect brightness for the specific environment, is how the phone struggles to set the brightness.

Some phones respond slowly to change in light. Therefore, the phone keeps increasing and decreasing brightness as it struggles to match the amount of light in the room. The frequent changing of brightness is very disorienting.

Another problem with having adaptive brightness on the phone is sometimes the brightness strains your eyes. The brightness that your phone sets may be higher than what you prefer. If you are in a dark room, your eyes get used to very low light. Adaptive brightness may take a few moments before it lowers the brightness to a good level.

Adaptive brightness drains the phone battery much faster than if you have it off. The light sensor needs battery power to work and the constant adjustment of brightness takes a toll on your battery life.

Keeping the brightness at a constant level is good for you battery. If your battery is draining fast, chances are the auto-brightness feature is causing it.

Should you Use Adaptive Brightness on your Phone?

Unless you must, avoid it. Don’t be so lazy. Change the brightness of your screen manually. Set it on a level that you are comfortable with. You will realize that you don’t actually need to adjust it as many times as you may imagine.

The advantage of adjusting your brightness manually is that you can save your battery as much as you want. When the battery is running low, simply lower your brightness level to keep the phone on for a longer time.

Manually adjusting the screen brightness reduces strain on your eyes. You don’t need much light. As long as you can read what is on the screen, that is enough brightness. At the same time, you won’t have the disorienting feeling when the phone is struggling to get the correct brightness for the available light.

The lags that occur when the available light increases or decreases will not be there. You can watch your videos in peace.

How to Turn Off Adaptive Brightness on Android Phones

To turn adaptive brightness on/off on android phones, go to settings under display settings. You will see an option to turn auto-brightness on/off. If you want to adjust the brightness, you can use the shortcut in the drop down menu.