The latest iOS 17 update for iPhones includes a new “iPhone Is Too Close” setting that is designed to protect your eyesight. When enabled, this setting will display an alert message if you hold the iPhone closer than 10 inches from your eyes for an extended period. The notification encourages you to move the device farther away from your face.
Step-by-Step Guide to Deactivate the Setting
If you find the “iPhone Is Too Close” alerts annoying or unnecessary, you can disable them in your iOS settings:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone’s home screen
- Scroll down and tap on “Display & Brightness”
Next, you need to navigate to the specific setting that controls the “iPhone Is Too Close” feature:
- Under the Display & Brightness screen, scroll down and look for the “iPhone Is Too Close” toggle switch
- By default, this toggle switch is enabled (green) whenever the setting is turned on
Now simply turn off this setting:
- Tap on the “iPhone Is Too Close” toggle switch to disable it
- The toggle switch should now appear gray to indicate the setting is off
Finally, double check that the “iPhone Is Too Close” setting is now disabled:
- Back on the main Display & Brightness screen, you should see “iPhone Is Too Close” listed with the toggle set to off/gray
- You can toggle it on/off to test and confirm the setting is successfully disabled
You can easily deactivate the “iPhone Is Too Close” notification setting introduced in iOS 17 by going into Display & Brightness settings and toggling the option off. Doing so eliminates the alerts urging you to pull your phone screen farther from your face.
Disabling this setting improves convenience and avoids unwanted interruptions. However, it also removes a layer of eye protection. Be sure to still take regular screen breaks and leverage other iOS tools like Night Shift and Screen Time settings to promote healthy vision.