How to see your phone screen in the sunshine in the summer heatwave

Summer has arrived and the sun is shining.

And just as you whip out your phone to grab a quick picture of a pint glass or countryside vista, you realise that you can’t see a thing on the screen because of the intense glare of the sun.

It’s a problem we’ve all faced at some point or another – even in Britain.

And not only will the reflected light from the screen stop you from composing a perfect summer tweet, but the polarising shades can also fall foul of filters contained in modern LCD displays at a particular angle. So you glance down at your phone, only to see a black mirror looking back at you.


Thankfully, there are a couple of things you can do to mitigate the impact of the sun’s rays on your phone or tablet.

The first and most obvious is to make sure the brightness on your display is cranked up as high as you can go. It may be a case of disabling battery saving mode to do this as some phones will cap the brightness when this mode is engaged.

Just keep in mind that this will drain your battery quicker than normal.

Here are a few other options:

Buy an anti-glare screen protector


Screen protectors are relatively inexpensive these days and allow you to put a small cover over the display on your phone to both protect it from cracks and, in this case, the sunshine.

The key thing to remember is you want to go for a matte protector rather than a glossy one – for obvious reasons.

A quick peek through Amazon.co.uk reveals you can buy dedicated “anti-glare” protectors for about a tenner .

Invert the colour on your phone’s display

Some people may find it easier to flip the display around so that your phone or tablet shows white text on a black background, rather than the traditional white-on-black.

Both iOS and Android have this option and you can find it in the Accessibility settings.

It’s usually in the display sub-menu and labelled something like “colour inversion” and can be toggled on or off.

Avoid polarising lenses


As mentioned above, polarising sunglasses can sometimes affect the screen on a phone or tablet because they absorb light waves that vibrate along a certain axis – in this case, horizontally.

While polarisation is great if you’re snowboarding (it diminishes the glare from the powder) it’s not so good if you’re trying to respond to an email on your phone at the beach.

At a certain angle, the photons omitted by your device will bounce along a horizontal axis and get cancelled out by the filters in your lenses.

So, basically, don’t pair these kinds of sunglasses with a phone screen. Interestingly, aviator glasses should avoid this problem because they were developed for pilots who have to be able to see their instrument panel and avoid the glare of light through the plane canopy.

If all else fails, head for the shade


Because sometimes the simplest solution is the right one.

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