Sometimes new features that come with updated operating systems will be more problematic than they are worth. Take Android Pie's adaptive brightness, which is designed to intelligently adjust your phone's screen to your lighting settings. For some people, it works. But if you're not one of those people, you can just shut it down.
I recently bought a Pixel XL phone – well, I know: it's far outdated, but it was really cheap – running Android 9 Pie. Everything seemed fine, until the first time I tried to read the room lit up. The monitor does not seem to determine how bright it would be. Every minute or so it would be slightly bright or darker. I wondered if there was anything wrong with my screen, and I did some research. It turned out that the screen was good. The problem was with Google's new adaptive light control mode.
In an interview for VentureBeat in August of August, Google Group product manager Ben Poiesz said that after about a week or so ̵1; when you were adjusting the brightness manually to help the phone "learn" your settings – You shouldn't have to adjust the screen at all. It not only makes it easier to use the phone in a variety of lighting environments, but it will help save the battery by not keeping the screen constantly lit.
Unfortunately, I did not find this learning process. Trying to read with my screen brightness flickering constantly from something darker to a bit lighter and back again gave me almost headaches. It wasn't just me either; I found online reports from people who had similar problems and others found that their screens were insufficiently bright or insufficiently dark.
Under these circumstances, it is difficult not to say, "The heck with it." Fortunately, it is easy to turn off adaptive brightness:
- Pull down twice from the top of the screen. You will see the manual slider at the top. You can use it to adjust the brightness, but if you want to turn off the adaptive brightness altogether, press the Gear Settings icon in the lower right corner.
- Touch "Display"
- Press "Adaptive Brightness". This will take you to a screen where you can switch on or off.
Sometimes, even though adaptive brightness works for you, you may need to reset it because you've moved to a new house, new workplace, or other different light environment. Once restored, it can then adapt to your new circumstances.
Unlike the adaptive brightness on / off switch, the reset is not so easy to find. Here are the instructions:
- Go to phone settings
- Touch "Apps and Messages"
- Search and select the "Device Health Care" app
- Press "Storage"
- Press the button marked "Clear storage. " (Don't worry, nothing will happen yet.)
- For some reason, this is where you'll find the button labeled "Reset customizable brightness." Push it. You get a pop-up window asking if you are safe. Press "OK".
And there you go!
Meanwhile, I'll give adaptive brightness another try and see if it can adapt to my needs – provided it lets me read my e-books in peace.
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