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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by naviwilliams, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. naviwilliams

    naviwilliams Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I know you've experienced this. You're outside, you receive a call, text message or an email a notification of sorts. In doing so you proceed to unlock your screen to thus read said notification, but due to the sheer brightness of the sun, you can't see a thing on your screen (this wasn't the case on my iPhone at 45% screen brightness).

    What are the best remedy's for this? I know I could make the screen brighter (I have it set to 55% at the moment) maybe even 100%, but surely there are other options, no?

    Thanks in advance


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  2. matttye

    matttye Android Expert

    Using a bright wallpaper, and turning up the brightness, are the only two options I know of to make the screen more legible in sunlight.
  3. Shockwave78

    Shockwave78 Android Enthusiast

    Flat out sucks outside during daylight. Worst thing about the phone no doubt
  4. jws86

    jws86 Member

    Yep this is my biggest downfall about this phone, almost to the point to where I might be looking to get rid of it and I've only had it for 3 weeks. Sucks!
  5. badboybubby

    badboybubby Member

    If you live in the UK this shouldn't be a problem as it's always pissing down! :-*
  6. naviwilliams

    naviwilliams Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    LMAO - I still miss home (Hackney, London)...
  7. naviwilliams

    naviwilliams Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Does anyone here use the automatic brightness setting?
  8. g3girl

    g3girl Lurker

    I purchased a matte screen protector. It helps quite a bit. Good luck!
  9. jws86

    jws86 Member

    I don't it annoyed me the screen constantly changing. I have mine set to 50% and just leave it.
  10. flapjacky

    flapjacky Newbie

    I use the Brightness Level Disc Widget. It's strategically placed. From the homescreen, I swipe to the right and I know the general area where it's places so I just push it to adjust the screen brightness. They have a 2x2 sized widget so it's pretty big and hard to miss even though you're blindly touching your screen.

    It's not so helpful when people call though.
  11. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    My only issue is the pattern screen. Auto brightness wastes power. But having manual set brightness is not without its pitfalls
  12. donas

    donas Well-Known Member

    I have trouble walking around my house in the dark, but don't want to turn the lights on......anyone have any suggestions??

    Sounds like a ridiculous complaint - turn the screen up and you can see it!!
  13. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    Using your analogy, it's more akin to waking from a nap to discover it's gone dark, and now you can't easily find the light switch to turn on the lights because it's dark and you're fumbling blindly.

    When you go to use the phone and realize it's too bright to see your screen, it's not easy to unlock your phone and then find the controls to turn up the screen brightness.

    It's not as easy as you make it sound.
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Exactly. I'm very happy to turn the screen up when I need. If only when I need it, I could see the screen to see the brightness control.

    I feel a tasker profile coming on
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well I did this. Event- display on, task- autobrightness on, wait 5 seconds, autobrightness off
  16. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    I did one also. Mine just whacks the brightness up to 255 if %LIGHT is greater than 4000 lux. I have a screen off task that resets a setting of 255 back to a default 120, otherwise brightness remains at the level I set manually with the drop down slider.

    I like Tasker :)
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  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Ooh that sounds better than mine.

    Can you supply a screen shot of your variable please?
  18. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    It's quite simple. This task is triggered on Screen On:


    And this task is triggered on Screen Off:


    The second one is just to make sure that if I forget, I don't cane the battery by leaving the brightness on max. Otherwise next screen on it will be on whatever I set it to manually with the slider .
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  19. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Thanks. Nicked it. I should look into % more...
  20. bigjim71

    bigjim71 Lurker

    i'm using an from the market called lux. it cost like 2 bucks i think but the auto brightness from this app works very well i don't think u would be disappointed
  21. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Sounds good but tasker is twice the price and can do almost ANYTHING
  22. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    I managed to output my Tasker sunlight profile as an app that can be installed and used without the need for tasker!

    I am trying it now, and it works while I have the Tasker profile turned off!

    If anyone wants to install it and see if it solves your visibility problems, here it is:


    Disclaimer: I'm not an app developer. I used the Tasker app's ability to export profiles as apps. Although unlikely, if this screws up your phone, I am not responsible. You install at your own risk.

    That said, if you have any problems, I'll try to help :)

    The app works as described in the earlier post (post #16), that is:

    When you press the unlock button and the screen comes on... if the lux level is greater than 4000 i.e. bright, sunlight, then the app simply whacks the display level up to max (255). You are then free to adjust it manually after this if you wish, via the pull down notification slider or the Settings menu.

    Then when the screen goes off, if the display level is still set to max 255, the app will set it to a level roughly half way (123), so that next time you turn on the screen it won't be set to max (unless it is still in bright sunlight :)). This is to save the battery from draining by having the setting too high)

    Otherwise the screen brightness will remain at whatever level you set it to manually.

    Make sure Auto Brighness is turned off.

    Let me know if it works. :)
  23. valorian

    valorian Android Expert

    You all should try the Incredible 2 in the sunlight. This phone is awesome in the sunlight with autobrightness on compared to the Incredible 2.
  24. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    How? I can only export tasks with app factory (which seems pointless)
  25. sergey

    sergey Android Enthusiast

    Get a large black cloth, drape it over your head and the phone.
    I can see it now- Seido Sun Cloth for Samsung Galaxy S3... imagine the unboxing videos! :D

    But seriously, it sucks in the sun.

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