What Does True Tone Mean on My iPhone 11?

  • True Tone is an option on your iPhone’s Display & Brightness menu that can automatically adjust the appearance of your device screen based on the lighting around you.
  • This feature from Apple is available on a variety of iPhone, iPhone Pro, iPad and iPad Pro models.
  • There are additional options on the Display & Brightness menu that will work in conjunction with True Tone to try and give you a consistent screen appearance that is easy to view in a variety of different environments.
  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. ​Select the Display & Brightness option.
  3. Tap the button to the right of True Tone to enable or disable it.

Many iPhone models, including the iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max and more, include a feature called True Tone display. This is a feature on the device that will use the ambient light in your environment to attempt and keep your screen appearance consistent in a variety of different environments.

True Tone, along with Night Shift mode, are two really interesting display features that try to keep things on the iPhone consistent, while minimizing eye strain. They both also tend to add some minor coloring differences when activated, such as a slight yellow tint for True Tone, and a slight orange tint for Night Shift.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find the True Tone option on your iPhone so that you can start using the ambient light in your physical environment as a way to keep your screen colors as consistent as possible.

How to Enable the True Tone Setting on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.4. As mentioned earlier, most new iPhone models have this display technology, including models like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Pro.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Select the Display & Brightness option.

open the Display and Brightness menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of True Tone to turn it on or off. I have True Tone enabled in the picture below.

what does True Tone mean on an iPhone 11

Additional Information on True Tone on the iPhone

  • True Tone can have an impact on your battery life, especially if the brightness slider is set too high. If it seems like your home screen is too bright, or that your battery life is suffering, then you may want to disable True Tone for a little while and see if things improve.
  • If you are very sensitive to color changes, then the new color temperature from True Tone can take some getting used to. In my experience there seems to be a lot more white light on the screen when True Tone isn’t enabled than when it is.
  • There are some different display settings that you can change on the Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size menu. This includes settings like Reduce White Point, and another Auto-Brightness setting that you can use to further customize the look of your iPhone screen.
  • True Tone technology relies on a light sensor (several of them, in fact) to determine the ambient lighting and set a consistent white point on the screen. The adjustment to the white balance can be quite significant when switching between very different environments.
  • True Tone was first introduced on the 9.7 inch iPad Pro.
  • True Tone is also available on newer MacBook Pro models.

You can adjust screen brightness on iPhone models like the iPhone 8 Plus and more by following the steps in this guide. Note that there is also a brightness option on the Control Center that you can access when you swipe down from the top of your screen on newer iPhone models.

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