How to Stop Instagram Videos Increasing Brightness on iPhone?

Nov 12, 2022 - 1 Comment

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Some iPhone users have noticed that display brightness increases automatically when watching Instagram videos or Instagram reels, stories, and some YouTube videos.

Automatically adjusting the display brightness while watching certain videos can be annoying for some users, and so perhaps you have already disabled auto-brightness in the settings on your iPhone to stop this from happening, and maybe you’ve tried turning off true-tone as well.

But, even with the system setting disabled, you find that watching an Instagram Reel, Instagram Video, and some YouTube videos, still causes the display brightness to change.

The automatic brightness increases and adjustments when watching Instagram reels, videos, and some YouTube is actually because of those videos being recorded as HDR video, and how the dynamic range of those videos impacts the display. This is also why when the video or reel is finished watching, the brightness seems to adjust back to the prior setting.

Currently there does not appear to be a way to disable this HDR video brightness adjustment feature on Instagram or YouTube.

You can manually adjust your display brightness through Control Center, but the HDR videos will still likely appear brighter than expected.

You can turn off auto-brightness on the iPhone, and disable true-tone, both of which will prevent general automatic display brightness adjustments, but don’t seem to have any impact on the HDR video watching on Instagram and YouTube.

If you know of another solution for this issue, let us know in the comments.

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Posted by: Jamie Cuevas in iPhone, Troubleshooting

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  1. zaje says:

    Amazingly great “How To” article! Except from the fact that there is no answer to the question how to stop increasing brightnes.

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