Android Wear brightness settings

Making your Android Wear screen as bright (or dim) as you like is easy

Much has been written about how bright (or dim) the screens on both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are. It seems like most people wish they were brighter while outside on a sunny summer day, and most people also think things are pretty blindingly bright in the dark. Both are true, and I'm in both camps. Things get even more fun when you add the fact that the two currently available Android Wear devices don't have any method to control brightness automagically.

Luckily, screen brightness is dead simple to change.

Android Wear brightness settings

You'll find the screen brightness setting at the top of the Settings menu. To get there and make some changes:

  • Tap the screen on your watch op open the menu
  • Swipe towards the bottom and tap on "Settings"
  • Tap the "Adjust brightness" list item at the top
  • Choose your brightness setting

Inside the brightness adjustment menu, the higher the number the brighter the screen. The highest number — "5" for the Gear Live and "6" for the G Watch is the highest setting. Conversely, a setting of "1" is the lowest.

Protip: The Gear Live has a physical button on the side, that when long-pressed will open the settings to where you were when you last used them. Set your brightness, then swipe the card away. This way, a long press on the button takes you right to the brightness adjustment.

If you have a lot of notifications coming in on your wrist, a lower setting will also save a bit of battery, though not too awful much. Either way, being able to easily set your screen brightness is something most of us will appreciate.


Reader comments

How to change screen brightness on Android Wear


Wait, is this post serious?
Then let me laugh harder: LOOOOOLLLLL

A real protip would be to install Wear Mini Launcher and set it to show the quick settings page first.

Is there a way to adjust the usefulness factor of Android Wear? Because its pretty much useless at this point.

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I'm guessing most of these smart watches are AMOLED screens. That's the 100% problem with seeing them in natural daylight. Not the brightness. LCD doesn't have this problem.

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Oh... That's why I can't see anything on my laptop screen when I sit outside, because it's AMOLED? Never knew that. But cool to know.

I don't think the LG G Watch screen is dim. I've been on Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, and several cities here in Mexico. No problems at all. Trust me, sun kicks hard here. Of course, some times I've found that I need to change the brightness all the way to maximum level, but that's not a problem neither, because I can have my watch with the always-on screen, on full brightness and make it all the way through a full day with a single charge (and it charges pretty fast also), even with some juice left to keep playing around with the watch at night.

We should make a new rule for AC tutorials:

IF something is completely clear and understandable for IQ Forrest Gump and up

THEN no need to write about it!

Or make a "Android for Dummies" page. But don't clutter the normal airwaves for 99 percent of AC useres. Please. Pretty please.... 

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I am interested in a clutter free AC. It's freaking "how to change the brightness setting"! My granny could do this herself without help.

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