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iOS 10 Features – Display & Brightness

iOS 10 Features

iOS 10 Features

iOS 10 is by far the most advanced OS for the iPhone and iPad to date.  It is loaded with new iOS 10 features as well as those that have been with us for a while.  It’s not always obvious how to control or configure all the cool things iOS is capable of. We are going to try to demystify some of these features that are really under our noses but if you don’t know where to look it can be challenging to find and in some cases understand them. This is especially true for new iPhone users. There are some gems tucked away in this setting category.

Display & Brightness


This is where you can toggle this feature on or off and control the level of brightness your screen displays. This can also be controlled from the Control Center controls by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

iOS 10 Features

Night Shift

Night Shift helps your eyes and your brain rest easy. Normal screen light from your iOS device mimics the sun so looking at the screen at night can upset your sleep. When you stare at the screen for extended periods of time your brain is tricked into not producing melatonin which is normally produced at night when you sleep. This hormone is what helps you fall asleep. By turning Night Shift on the iOS device produces warmer light or less blue light.

To turn Night Shift On

  • Open Settings
  • Tap “Display & Brightness”
  • Tap “Night Shift”
  • From here you can schedule when Night Shift is active or disabled.
  • By tapping on “Schedule” you can access two options; “Sunset to Sunrise” or “Customer Schedule” where you can choose specific “On” and “Off” times.
  • In the previous Night Shift screen, you can also choose to “Manually Enable Until Tomorrow”.
  • You can even adjust the color temperature or intensity. 

I believe this feature is important for anyone who works nights or keeps irregular hours.  If you like to watch your device after the Sun goes down, start using Night Shift.  You should get a better night sleep.


Tapping on Auto-Lock allows you to choose from 30 seconds, or 1,2,3,4, or 5 minutes, or Never until the device auto-locks when not in use.

Raise To Wake

Raise To Wake is a really cool feature since you do not need to do anything other than raising your phone to view the screen and check to see if you have any notifications. There are many times when I really don’t want to see my screen every time I lift the phone, especially when I’m concerned with preserving privacy and battery life.  To turn off “Raise To Wake” use the following steps:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap “Display & Brightness”
  • Locate Raise to Wake (about the middle of the screen)
  • Toggle to the Off position

Text Size

Since my eyes are not what they used to be, “Text Size” was one of my favorite features when it first came out way back when.  Tap on “Text Size” and adjust to a size that suits you.

“Apps that support Dynamic Type will adjust to your preferred reading size”.

Bold Text

Bold Text is self-explanatory.

iOS 10 FeaturesView

Tap “View” and chose between two options; “Standard” or “Zoomed”.  There are three preview screens you can swipe through to preview what your Home screen, Chat screen or Email will look like as you toggle between the two options.

This covers the “Display & Brightness” options in iOS “Settings”.  We will be touring other iOS 10 features in future How To articles.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of