How to disable Adaptive Brightness in Android Pie

The brightness of your screen is perhaps one of the most important settings on your phone. If it's too bright, you have to frantically look for the slider to crank things down. If it's too dim, outdoor visibility can be impossible.

Android Pie tries to make all of these adjustments for you with Adaptive Brightness, and unlike similar features we've seen in previous phones/Android versions, this new iteration learns your usage habits to make more accurate predictions of how bright or dim you like your display.

That's all fine and dandy, but if you're someone that prefers to manually control your brightness level, Adaptive Brightness can be a pain in the butt. Thankfully, toggling it off takes no time at all.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Tap Adaptive Brightness.
  4. Tap the adaptive brightness toggle to turn the feature off.

That's it!

With those few taps out of the way, you've successfully disabled Adaptive Brightness. You can now rest easy knowing that you, and only you, have full control over your screen.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Does adaptive brightness break a phone's brightness boost in sunlight?
  • No adaptive brightness for me has worked amazing. It's better then Samsung's brightness mods and apples. It works awesome it never dims the screen too much or brightens it too much. It's always perfect.
  • Ok, thanks. Just checking beuse the U11 automatic brightness works pretty good, covering the range from 583 nits in sunlight down to a minimum of 6 nits in a dark room. Didn't want to go to something worse.
  • Works well for me on my Pixel 2.
  • Adaptive brightness is overrated. I use it but I wish I could control the range. If I set the screen to 50% it only adjusts the brightness between something like 30-70%. So at night it's still too bright.
  • So then slide the slider down even further.
  • Adaptive brightness in Android p is the first time on any phone I've ever owned that it was actually good at what it does.