1. Westiemom's Avatar
    Not sure if this is a good place to ask this question- please redirect me if not. I just got my first iPhone after using Android for a long time. Since I never had one I wanted to try it out. I'm a power user who made my own widgets and used apps like Kustom Live Wallpaper to heavily customize my home screen. (Just saying this to say I'm not a newby when it comes to smart phones) I wanted to give iOS a try and I really am enjoying my first week. Got the 6S plus since 7 is not dramatically different and didn't want to wait on it. (Lol! No patience) It's a beautiful device!
    But my question is this.... when I choose a picture from photos and set it as wallpaper, it is always darker and less vibrant than it is in the photo gallery. Doesn't matter what brightness I have set for the screen, always darker when I set the picture as my wallpaper.
    Am I missing something that could correct this? I am certainly not up to speed navigating my way in this OS.
    Thanks for any help someone can offer!!
    10-07-2016 06:28 PM
  2. CyreneK's Avatar
    When I first started iOS 10 beta, there was a lot more darkening than normal. It was awful. When the next beta update came I Reset All Settings. That fixed it back to normal. I wish they would do away with the darkening all together. I'm on 10.1 beta and it still looks normal. If you're waiting for Apple to fix something, it won't happen. Reset All Settings did fix it for me.
    I tried that twice on my phone and iPad. It didn't work at all.
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    10-08-2016 12:02 PM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I tried that twice on my phone and iPad. It didn't work at all.
    Thank you for reporting back. I remember doing a hard reset more than once because I hated how it looked.
    I started fresh each time too.
    10-08-2016 12:14 PM
  4. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I tried that twice on my phone and iPad. It didn't work at all.
    There will always be some screen darkening. If it's more than in iOS 9 still, maybe the next update will fix it.
    10-08-2016 12:27 PM
  5. nikkisharif's Avatar
    I just noticed it's a tad darker because of this thread. Not sure what can be done about it but for the pic I have as my wallpaper, the darker version is much easier on my eyes. Hopefully someone that knows a little more about the wallpaper settings will chime in.
    10-08-2016 11:04 PM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    If you're stuck with a darker than usual screen due to Apple darkening it, you can leave Apple feedback here:
    Feedback
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    Or use dark theme wallpapers.
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    10-09-2016 02:53 PM
  7. CyreneK's Avatar
    If you're stuck with a darker than usual screen due to Apple darkening it, you can leave Apple feedback here:
    Feedback
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    Or use dark theme wallpapers.
    Thank you. I sent feedback. I had no darkening whatsoever with ios9. Every one of my devices now running ios10 are significantly darker. This includes 3 iPhone 6s's, one 6s plus and two iPad Air 2's, not to mention all the demo iPhone 7's I've looked at. An Apple Store employee has noticed it too and had no explanation. I've sent the feedback to Apple.
    10-09-2016 05:01 PM
  8. Westiemom's Avatar
    Glad to know it's not just me. I got my phone a week ago and it updated to 10.0.2 the same day I got it. I thought maybe something was wrong with my particular phone and I might need to take it back. I think I'll try the reset all settings fix. Thanks for sharing that.
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    10-09-2016 06:02 PM
  9. CyreneK's Avatar
    Glad to know it's not just me. I got my phone a week ago and it updated to 10.0.2 the same day I got it. I thought maybe something was wrong with my particular phone and I might need to take it back. I think I'll try the reset all settings fix. Thanks for sharing that.
    Please write back if it works for you or not.
    10-09-2016 06:24 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Thank you. I sent feedback. I had no darkening whatsoever with ios9. Every one of my devices now running ios10 are significantly darker. This includes 3 iPhone 6s's, one 6s plus and two iPad Air 2's, not to mention all the demo iPhone 7's I've looked at. An Apple Store employee has noticed it too and had no explanation. I've sent the feedback to Apple.
    The darkening depends on the color and shade of the wallpapers. It's been on all the phone's a long time. Here's a comparison I did about 2 years ago on my iPhone 5. On the left is the wallpaper, the right is the screen.
    10-09-2016 06:29 PM
  11. Westiemom's Avatar
    I did reset my phone and just finished fixing my settings back as I had them. Unfortunately the wallpaper is still darker than the picture is when viewed in the gallery. As said already, it is more noticeable with some pictures than others. I love a vibrant screen so I hope this will get remedied in an update.
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    10-09-2016 06:41 PM
  12. CyreneK's Avatar
    The darkening depends on the color and shade of the wallpapers. It's been on all the phone's a long time. Here's a comparison I did about 2 years ago on my iPhone 5. On the left is the wallpaper, the right is the screen.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...f8b6985875.jpg
    We may be talking about two different things. I'm not comparing the home screen to the gallery. I'm talking about comparing the lock screen to the home screen.
    10-09-2016 06:50 PM
  13. Westiemom's Avatar
    I see the difference there too. I didn't notice the lock screen-home screen difference on mine because I have different wallpapers on each one. But definitely a difference!
    I did submit feedback to Apple as CyreneK suggested.
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    10-09-2016 07:41 PM
  14. CyreneK's Avatar
    I see the difference there too. I didn't notice the lock screen-home screen difference on mine because I have different wallpapers on each one. But definitely a difference!
    I did submit feedback to Apple as CyreneK suggested.
    Thank you! Maybe with people complaining about it, they will fix it. I typically use light backgrounds, after years of an amoled screen with android eating your battery necessitating the need for dark backgrounds, and I use the same one for lock screen and home screens. During the beta was when I noticed it going "dark" when I unlocked. Thanks to Ledsteplin for providing the link
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    10-09-2016 07:54 PM
  15. Westiemom's Avatar
    Oh yes, sorry! Ledsteplin did share that link. My bad!
    10-09-2016 07:56 PM
  16. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    We may be talking about two different things. I'm not comparing the home screen to the gallery. I'm talking about comparing the lock screen to the home screen.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...66f0ecb563.png
    It's on both screens. Home and Lock. They do it so on the lock screen, the time/date stands out. On the home screen, it's so the app icons pop. Either screen it's ridiculous.

    Update: I tested the lock screen a bit. It's a lot better than it used to be. The white and black text shows when it should and the darkening is all but gone. Here's from 2 years ago. My iPhone 5 lock screen comparison.

    Maybe there's hope for the home screen.
    Well, I spoke too soon. It still darkens on the lock screen. It's all a matter of color and shade. Here's the same wallpaper I did over 2 years ago on my iPhone 5 shown here on my 6s Plus:


    Go figure!
    Last edited by Ledsteplin; 10-10-2016 at 12:06 AM.
    10-09-2016 11:27 PM
  17. Sipho Mandle's Avatar
    I know exactly how to fix it. It's actually funny, Apple replaced my 6s because of this 'problem', however it is just a small setting. Go to Accessibility in Settings, and do to DISPLAY ACCOMODATIONS, and then turn off the Reduce White Point
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    10-14-2016 09:15 AM
  18. Westiemom's Avatar
    I know exactly how to fix it. It's actually funny, Apple replaced my 6s because of this 'problem', however it is just a small setting. Go to Accessibility in Settings, and do to DISPLAY ACCOMODATIONS, and then turn off the Reduce White Point
    I got all excited and went to this immediately, but it was already off, so can't help me. 😞
    10-14-2016 09:52 AM
  19. libra89's Avatar
    I got all excited and went to this immediately, but it was already off, so can't help me. 😞
    Aw man
    10-14-2016 11:41 AM
  20. FrankDeG's Avatar
    Yes, I noticed it too. I thought it was just me. I guess not.
    10-14-2016 05:38 PM
  21. CyreneK's Avatar
    I know exactly how to fix it. It's actually funny, Apple replaced my 6s because of this 'problem', however it is just a small setting. Go to Accessibility in Settings, and do to DISPLAY ACCOMODATIONS, and then turn off the Reduce White Point
    Mine was already off, too
    10-14-2016 06:28 PM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I know exactly how to fix it. It's actually funny, Apple replaced my 6s because of this 'problem', however it is just a small setting. Go to Accessibility in Settings, and do to DISPLAY ACCOMODATIONS, and then turn off the Reduce White Point
    Mine was already off. The only fix I found for the excess darkening in iOS 10 was Reset All Settings. But that only gets it back to normal darkening. It's not a bug. Apple darkens the screens intentionally so app icons and what not show up better. Pop as they say.

    TuneIn Radio uses the same darkening on the header.
    10-14-2016 07:14 PM
  23. Westiemom's Avatar
    Well I'd rather the wallpaper popped than the icons. Please Apple change this with a software update!
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    10-14-2016 08:10 PM
  24. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Well I'd rather the wallpaper popped than the icons. Please Apple change this with a software update!
    Let's leave feedback for them:
    Feedback
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
    10-15-2016 10:03 AM
  25. CyreneK's Avatar
    I left feedback. All I can say is the difference between the lock screen and home screen I posted above did NOT occur in previous versions of IOS.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-15-2016 10:08 AM
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