Quick Brightness: One touch brightness app

Quick Brightness: One touch brightness app

Summary: If you've ever wanted to quickly change your iPhone or iPad's brightness setting without traversing the Settings app, I've got the app for you.

TOPICS: Mobile OS, Apple, Apps

Quick Brightness: One touch brightness app - Jason O'Grady

If you're like me, you probably wish that iOS had widgets. (Widgets have been on my iOS wishlist for a long time)

There are a couple of things that would be convenient to do with one touch, like toggling Bluetooth on and off for example. The problem is that doing so requires the use of private/undocumented Apple APIs -- which is forbidden by Apple's developer agreement (and which is why Apple pulled Bluetooth OnOff from the App Store).

If you've ever wanted to quickly change your iPhone or iPad's brightness setting without traversing the Settings app, I've got the app for you.

Atominx, Inc.'s Quick Brightness app (free, App Store) does just that. You simply set low and high brightness settings within the app, set QBright to "Switch the Brightness and Exit" from within Settings app and you're done. Touch the app icon and it switches between your high and low brightness settings and returns you to the home screen.

The only problem is that unlike Bluetooth OnOff, Quick Brightness doesn't hold its setting across a device lock. So there's that. But it's still much quicker than switching your brightness the old fashioned way.

I'm not sure if Quick Brightness uses private APIs (it was only approved on the App Store today), but a similar free app (Quick Bright) has been on the App Store since January 2012, so I'm assuming that it doesn't. Curiously, Quick Bright is open source (via the MIT License) with full source available and a fork of DCRoundSwitch library, but Quick Brightness (which looks like a clone of Quick Bright) lists no such credits in its description.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Apps

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  • Apple needs to make more APIs available.

    Personally, I think that Apple needs to make more APIs available. I don't see why turning on/off things like Bluetooth should be unavailable to app developers.
  • iPad brightness setting

    Do you not realise that the iPad has its brightness setting available in the task switching bar? It is to the left along with the music controls. I'd consider updating your article.
    • Not on my iphone 3gs it isn't

      My 1st gen iPad is not nearby. But I'd really love a widget that lets me set up various settings instead of having to wander the vastness of the Settings App. Bluetooth, WiFi, brightness, DATE/DAY OF WEEK and time, etc...
  • Thanks!

    I grabbed this quickly and it's very handy. My only wish is that the setting would persist after the screen on my phone goes off. Everytime I wake the phone it's set back to the default "bright" setting, regardless of what it was when I put the phone to sleep.

    iPhone 4s iOS5.1.1
  • Original Developer Here

    Hahaha. First of all, I have no affiliation with Atominx, Inc. They seemed to have found my code online and republished the app. They added an iPad version too, but as one of your reader notes I purposely didn't publish an iPad version because the iPad has a built-in brightness slider.

    The app took me a couple of hours to make and I did it to learn the app store process for work, so I really don't mind. What I do mind is that it seems from the description that this was a paid app at a certain point in time, that I do mind. I'm not sure if this was a paid review, but I think a little more research would have revealed the similarity in the apps and I'd be worried about endorsing a company that is potentially ripping people off.