How to: Set Nokia N8 to full brightness and override the light sensor!

| December 19, 2010 | Reply

Nokia N8 owners (well all Symbian^3 owners) have a fantastic AMOLED display that’s really quite bright. Unfortunately, the over zealous light sensor never lets you see that true brightness, always ever vigilant to turn the brightness down. Thus in many comparison shots, the N8 doesn’t look as bright.

Fahoum sends us this neat little tip that’ll get your N8 to fireout the lumens to the max.

  1. Go to Ovi Store and download QTorch
  2. Turn it on
  3. Press menu button to leave it running in background
  4. Notice how much brighter the display becomes!

Even in dim light, (where the brightness is reduced by default) the brightness remains. It’s almost too bright actually. It looks great although note this may have adverse effects on your battery.

This is quite useful for N8 users anyway as a torch as the N8 screen is that bright (and also N8 is lacking led for this function)


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  • jim

    Problem is once the screen is locked then unlocked it is no longer bright. YOu have to go back to the torch and turn it off then on so not much use.

  • Gaz

    You don’t need QTorch to get full brightness. Use lightctrl app to adjust it the way you want.

    • IXN

      Thanks for ligth control. Is´t great!!

    • VV

      Thank you so much for reminding us about lightctrl.I remeber one of you guys recommended it a while back but didn’t get to install it as the one I found had to be signed and didn’t get around to do it.Such a simple wonderful app that for me improved my N8 experience radically.The light sensor annoyed the hell out of me.I know it is useful both for the eyes and for the battery but sometimes you just want to enjoy a bright colorful screen.Now I have the both of best worlds.I can use the sensor when I want and I can also override it when I want to watch a movie or something.Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU 🙂

      • VV

        “BEST OF BOTH WORLDS”…Suddenly feel like watching some Star Trek hehe 🙂

    • jeff

      Is there any way to make lightctrl start up automatically on boot?

  • jim

    oh yeah, nice one. lightctrl works well. Thanks gaz

  • Smith

    There are 2 problems with QTorch when you’re actually using it as a torch and running it in the foreground. One is that the auto light timeout quickly overrides QTorch, dimming everything within whatever time you’ve set the timeout to be, so you have to keep reactivating the screen by touching it and then pressing the On button in QTorch.

    Secondly when it’s cold and you have gloves on, it would be great to switch it on off with a hardware button – ideally the volume up or down buttons on the N8 for example (not home or camera).

  • Sam

    Can you pls post a link to download lightctrl for the N8? I googled but the links seemed dodgy

  • jim
    • VV

      JIM thank you for the link above.Finally a version that didn’t require signing.I just installed it and LOVE it.Why didn’t Nokia put an option to disable that sensor in the first place is beyond me.Even better would’ve been something N900 style.I just love the way I can change brightness from the drop down menu.Well at least one of my main dislikes about the N8 has been remedied thanks to you guys and the creator of this great little app.

  • even spbshell’s backlight widget has control to override the light sensor…

  • VV

    Now to be a little on the negative side – is it just me or is Symbian 3 the worst Symbian yet when it comes to user settings and user control over the phone? First it was the fact that I had to disable all widgets because they would continually connect to the internet even though i set the phone to ask before any connection was made.Then it was the light sensor issue that’s been thankfully resolved,no thanks to Nokia.And third thing I realised yesterday is that when battery is low and you’re asked if you want to enable power saving mode,even though you press No it still goes ahead and ignores the sheat out of you.I would like to ask Nokia how much control will users have to give up when it comes to their own phones? I hope there are some MAJOR improvements when the update comes next year.Rant over.

    • James

      While I don’t seem to have the power saving mode issue, I too have rather disabled all the widgets than to let them keep running where sometimes seem to be forever before they return to their logo screen with no ticking info if at all.

      As for the brightness of the N8, I keep mine 1 notch above middle setting and that is bright enough in almost all situations. I don’t have nearly as big a problem with the N8’s auto brightness as I do with my iPod Touch 4. The iPod T4 brightness is never right.

      I am on to my second N8 now course I simply love the camera. I sent my 1st one back for repair. It has all sorts of problems, and the latest problem was that it would not send SMS saying the operation is not available in edit mode or conversation mode. Those are the only 2 modes where one can compose an SMS to be sent!

      What gets me to most is how every time I reboot and/or restore and/or delete and restore, I get different results. Sometimes I was able to send SMS for awhile after a reboot, but most of the time even a restore can’t fix it. Same with the missing clock screensaver issue. When I bring my N8 in, the Nokia rep says their pass code way of restoring is more of a “complete” restore; yet it didn’t fix the SMS problem either.

      Ovi Suite’s internal error is another problem but that’s another story.

      I have had this newer N8 for 5 days now and seems to be working fine for now, hope it stays that way.

      • VV

        What I forgot to mention is that when you press no to the power saving enabling question it still goes ahead and enables it but it doesn’t show on the display (you know the little icon in the upper corner).It just disables any effects and whatever.sneaky isn’t it ha?..heheh.Other than these relatively minor issues I didn’t have any problems with my blue N8.It’s been solid as a rock both hardware and software.No crashes,no reboots just all good.I’ve had it for more almost 2 months now.It is my second though.My first one was black and sent it back cause of a loose unlock slider button.I also got bored of the dark grey color.Any way I hope all our N8’s stay in perfect working order.They are amazing devices.

        • James

          I just check this last night. Indeed the N8 went ahead and dimmed the backlight and disabled the big clock screensaver and like you said without showing the moonfaced battery icon in the top right corner. Perhaps that’s what threw me off into thinking it didn’t do anything by selecting “No”. However, I then noticed when I went ahead and select activate power saving mode explicitly by pressing the power button and chose the selection from the profile menu, the 3G data icon went from connected to dotted lines indicating being disconnected. I was thinking perhaps the N8 has a 2 stage power saving mode, then again, I also noticed I had a few email 1/2 hour old stuck in gmail that hadn’t been pushed to the N8. Then again, email’s don’t always get pushed immediately all the time with full power either.

          My second one is also Dark Grey. I wanted the green when I first saw the photos of the N8 but decided not to when I saw the mockup model. I hate that shiny ring around the screen in any color and Dark Grey was the only one that doesn’t highlight so much as others do.

          This second one hung twice and that’s about it. Partly my fault for having too many apps opened and being impatient though.

  • Stylinred

    ive got mine set a little to the left of middle and i enjoy the light sensor it helps keep my eyes functional 😀