The era of cord-cutting is finally catching up for we are not limited to TV for video content. With OTT services, we can stream videos on our mobile phones, computers, and tablets. People on the subway or in waiting room love to catch up with their favorite Netflix shows on their phones. However, the Netflix app can override the brightness on select Android phones and disrupt the experience.
The Netflix app is overriding the brightness set on the phones. The Netflix app either turns too dark or light when a video is playing even though the brightness setting is different. For others, colors appear washed out on Netflix.
Let’s see how to get back the awesome Netflix experience by fixing the brightness issue.
Note: Netflix app doesn't allow taking screenshot of the content through native Android screenshot process. Hence, two screenshots in this post appear with a black background.
1. Restart Phone
No troubleshooting procedure should begin without restarting the device in question. So reboot your phone before you try the following fixes.
2. Adjust Brightness in Netflix App
Many Netflix users don’t know that the Netflix app comes with a native setting to change the brightness. That is usually responsible for the brightness issue on Netflix. You might have changed it, and that’s why your Netflix colors are either dark or light.
You will not find the brightness control inside the settings in the Netflix app. Instead, it is present on the now-playing screen itself. To use that, play a video on Netflix. Then, tap on the screen once to show the controls such as play, pause, subtitles, etc. You will see a slider on the left side. Slide it up or down to manually control the brightness, i.e., increase or decrease the brightness.
If the problem occurs at a specific time, you should check the scheduled feature of the night or blue light. When the night light is activated, you will see an orange-yellowish tint on your phone.
To check that, go to Settings > Display. Tap on Night or Blue light. Disable the scheduled feature. While you are at it, if it’s currently enabled, disable it. Open Netflix and see if the video plays with accurate colors.
Pro Tip: You can enable/disable Night Light or Blue light from quick settings too in Android.
6. Disable Video Enhancer
On some phones such as Samsung, you will find a video enhancer setting. You should disable it to see if the issue with Netflix's brightness is fixed or not.
To do so, go to Settings > Advanced settings. Disable Video enhancer. You can also use the search in settings to find a Video enhancer.
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7. Check Battery Settings
You should also take a look at the battery settings. Many Android phones offer a high-performance mode that automatically increases the screen brightness. You should change it to a different power setting.
To do so, go to Settings > Battery > Power mode. Switch to other modes from the current one.
Tip: On Samsung phones, you will find the Battery setting inside the Device Care setting.
8. Check Third-Party Apps
Are you using third-party apps that control the brightness or monitor the temperature of your phone? You should disable or uninstall them to see if they are responsible for the Netflix brightness problem. If your phone has a game mode, do check that as well for temperature monitor settings.
9. Re-install Netflix
If the above solutions fail you in helping, it’s time to uninstall Netflix from your phone. That will not affect your recommendations. To uninstall Netflix, open Play Store, and look for Netflix. Tap on Uninstall. Once uninstalled, restart the phone and then, install it again.