How To Fix Issue With iPhone Screenshots Are Dark On iOS 14

Are you puzzled as to why your iPhone screenshots are really dark on iOS 14?

Many users are noticing issues here and there when iOS 14 was released. Problems vary from screen time not working, timer not showing up, and AirPods having no notification sounds

Now, iOS 14 is under the spotlight once again, and this is because iPhone users are getting baffled why their screenshots are really dark. Some users even mentioned that their brightness is not even turned all the way down.

Apple has not yet provided any fix on this issue, but some users were able to find a way out of this mess. If you are interested to know what those are, read on to find out!

Let’s get started!

1. Disable Low Light In Zoom Filter.

First on our list is a fix that most users found to be effective for them, and this is disabling the low light zoom filter. This setting is something you won’t easily believe to be the culprit, but apparently, it is the culprit.

On top of that, this setting makes your screen’s brightness very dim. Sure, it can help those with sensitivity to light, but not all people suffer from that.

Here’s how you can disable low light in ‘Zoom Filter’:

  1. First, open your Settings and select General.
  2. Next, select Accessibility and then look for Zoom.
  3. Then select Zoom and turn it on.
  4. After that, scroll to the bottom and look for Zoom Region. Set it to Full Screen Zoom.
  5. Finally, look for Zoom Filter and set it to None.

Once you are done with all of that, check if your iPhone screenshots are still dark on your iOS 14. Hopefully, this has fixed your issue.

2. Turn off HDR.

However, if disabling low light in ‘Zoom Filter’ did not work its magic on your screenshots, then another trick that you can do is to turn off HDR. Fortunately, this works especially if you are trying to take screenshots of videos, which may be what you are looking for.

This setting is automatically turned on since this setting controls whether your device records video in a high dynamic range. However, this can only be found mostly on the latest devices.

Here’s how you can turn off HDR:

  1. First, open your Settings and select Camera.
  2. Next, select Record Video.
  3. Finally, look for HDR Video. Click it to turn it off.

Now, take a screenshot and see if your issue has been resolved. We’re crossing our fingers on this one, but if it still doesn’t resolve your issue, don’t panic, as we still have some more suggestions for you.

3. Try To Restart.

If you have finished modifying your Zoom Filter and HDR settings, you should now proceed with restarting your iPhone. It’s always good to remember that this will ensure that your iPhone set the settings that were changed properly.

But if it did not make any difference, you can try restarting your iPhone again at least once or twice. That way, you can be certain that it really did the trick and nothing malfunctioned.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. First, press and hold down the Side or Power button for a few seconds.
  2. Next, a prompt with a red slider showing ‘slide to power off’ will appear. You should drag it to the right to turn off your iPhone. 
  1. Finally, press and hold the Side or Power button again until you see the Apple logo. This will turn your iPhone back on.

With that out of the way, let us know if this has fixed the iPhone screenshots that are turning dark on your iOS 14. Comment it on the comments section!

4. Put Your iPhone In Recovery Mode.

Nonetheless, if after multiple restarts and your iPhone is still exhibiting the same issue, you can put your iPhone in ‘Recovery Mode’. Most issues, if not all, are usually fixed by this trick.

To begin, make sure that your Mac or iTunes application is always updated. It will also save you the time and effort to update your Mac or iTunes when needed.

Here’s how you can put your iPhones 8, 8 Plus, SE (and so on) in ‘Recovery Mode’:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your Mac and open Finder (if you are on Catalina) or iTunes (if you are on Mojave or lower versions).
  2. Next, press and quickly release your iPhone’s Volume up button
  3. Then press and quickly release your iPhone’s Volume down button.
  4. After that, press and hold the Side button until you reach the ‘Recovery Mode’ screen.
  5. A window should open up on your screen asking you to choose between Update or Restore. Choose Update.
  1. Finally, wait for a few minutes until the update has been completed.

Here’s how you can put your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in ‘Recovery Mode’:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your Mac and open Finder (if you are on Catalina) or iTunes (if you are on Mojave or lower versions).
  2. Next, press and hold the Top (or Side) and Volume down buttons at the same time. 
  3. Then keep on pressing and holding down both buttons until you reach the ‘Recovery Mode’ screen.
  1. A window should open up on your screen asking you to choose between Update or Restore. Choose Update.
  2. Finally, wait for a few minutes until the update has been completed.

Here’s how you can put your iPhone 6 and 6s (or earlier) in ‘Recovery Mode’:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your Mac and open Finder (if you are on Catalina) or iTunes (if you are on Mojave or lower versions).
  2. Next, press and hold the Top (or Side) and Home buttons at the same time. 
  3. Then keep on pressing and holding both buttons until you reach the ‘Recovery Mode’ screen.
  4. A window should open up on your screen asking you to choose between Update or Restore. Choose Update.
  5. Finally, wait for a few minutes until the update has been completed.

Now, check if you will see if your iPhone screenshots are still dark on your iOS 14. Fortunately, the same issue will not re-appear, but if it does, read on further.

5. Restore iPhone To Factory Settings.

We don’t want to burst your bubble, but resetting your iPhone to its factory settings may do the trick for you. We know this is not comfortable for you, but if you’re really desperate to resolve this issue, you should give it a try. 

Anyhow, a factory reset erases the information and settings on your iPhone but also allows your iPhone to install the latest iOS version. Definitely not easy and inconvenient, but it is still worth a shot.

Here’s how you can reset your iPhone to its factory setting:

  1. First, open your Settings and go to General.
  2. Next, choose Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings.
  1. Once you are prompted, enter your passcode or Apple ID password.
  2. After that, confirm that you want to erase all content and settings. 
  3. Finally, wait for a few minutes to completely erase your data.

Once you are done with all of that, you should now be set. Your iPhone screenshots should no longer be dark by now. Please do let us know if this worked for you!

6. Use Dr. Fone.

Unfortunately, if your iPhone is still ‘sick’, then it’s time to call the ‘doctor’ to cure it!

Say hello to Dr. Fone! Dr. Fone’s ‘System Repair’ tool is a really efficient and effective tool that has been tried and tested by a lot of users to fix a lot of their iOS system issues. 

Moreover, Dr. Fone has other tools which can help you out in many icky situations. There is the ‘Screen Unlock’ tool for removing the lock screen and iCloud ID. It also has the ‘Data Eraser’ for permanently removing your phone data. Then it also has a ‘WhatsApp Transfer’ tool which you can use to transfer and back up WhatsApp and other social media applications.

The proof is in the numbers! Dr. Fone has over 153.6 million downloads! It also has 50,000,000+ users worldwide, so be one of them and try it for yourself!


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7. Contact Apple Support.

Finally, we have reached the end of our list, but don’t be discouraged. When all hope seems lost, it is best to contact Apple Support and go to your nearest Apple Store.

Unfortunately, if none of our previous suggestions worked for you, we recommend that you go to your nearest Apple Store to have your iPhone checked by Apple-certified technicians. But before anything else, make sure to check your iPhone’s warranty options first.

To add to that, make sure you have a backup of all your iPhone data. Apple Support may do various troubleshooting on your device, so it’s best to make sure that you have already saved a backup of your data before you eventually bring it to an Apple Store. 


This concludes our article, but we hope that one of these tricks worked for you. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to comment them down below. We will gladly answer them for you!


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