Velis Auto Brightness: fine tune the display brightness of your Android device

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 11, 2013
Updated • Jun 11, 2013
Apps, Google Android

A bright display is not always the best option when you are using mobile devices. While they may improve readability, it is also a fact that a brighter screen uses more battery than a darker on. Plus, you may not always want to use a screen that is too bright, for instance at night, in your car, or when someone is sleeping next to you while you are browsing the latest and greatest articles on your favorite tech blog.

You can change the screen brightness of your Android device manually, or use the auto-brightness option which bases the brightness level on the surrounding light quality.

That's however not really working that well, which is probably the reason why you find many apps on Google Play that fine tune the brightness settings of your phone or tablet.

Velis Auto Brightness is probably the app that you can customize the most, if you want to.

android auto brightness

The application displays a wizard on first start that walks you through the initial configuration.

  1. Select a desired brightness level based on six profiles. The screen changes its brightness automatically when you switch through profiles here so that you can pick one based on that.
  2. Define how sensitive you want the app to react on light changes.
  3. Select whether you want the screen to be brighter when the phone is plugged in.
  4. Select whether you want to make use of auto-brightness.

You are then taken to the graph screen where you find the currently selected profile displayed to you. You can drag the red bars around to adjust the curve. This is only of relevance if you have the automatic brightness option enabled.

To get a feel for the settings, move around with your phone. You will notice that the phone's light reading sensor will automatically modify the light level of your surroundings and therefore also the brightness level of your phone.

The x-axis defines the level of light in your surroundings, while the y-axis the brightness of the phone's screen.

You can save brightness profiles that you can load then whenever the need arises.

android brightness app

The settings are very extensive. Here you can exclude apps so that Velis Auto Brightness won't affect them at all. Here you can also modify sensor, graph and sensitivity related settings which you can use to fine tune many of the default values the app uses for things like light change detection, the smoothing time or the superdim threshold.

You find information about each preference on the author's blog.


This application gives you full control over your phone's brightness settings. Even if you do not want to fine tune it, you can make use of the different profiles displayed by the wizard on first start to make use of it.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
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    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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