How to see your laptop or iPad screen in the sun

The best ways to make laptop screens and iPad’s readable in sunlight

How to see your laptop or iPad screen in the sun

Sitting outdoors certainly has its benefits (vitamin D and smiley faces!) but unfortunately comes with the frustrating problem of screen glare. We’ve listed below some advice and tips on how to tackle screen glare, we hope you find the information helpful.

Change your colour filter

Most users have a standard black on white set up but you can easily change this to white on black. You should drastically notice the ease of viewing on a dark background especially if you are working in bright light conditions or outdoors where there is plenty of sunlight. You can easily apply these settings on both Apple Mac and Windows based machines.

How to see your laptop or iPad screen in the sun

Windows users can follow these steps:

    1. Go into Settings
    2. Click on ‘Ease of Access’ then select ‘High Contrast’
    3. Press the toggle which says ‘Turn on high contrast’
    4. Choose a theme, once chosen click on ‘Apply’

Anti-glare screen protector (£10)

You can try anti-glare screen protectors which do make seeing the screen a lot easier. But when it comes to practicality it could become a nuisance if you’re frequently moving from outdoors to indoors and vice versa.

The screen protectors below are available in a wide range of sizes so whether you have a 15.6” sized screen or a 10.1” there’s one right for you!

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Here are the core features:

• It has a matte, anti-reflective surface
• The surface is scratch-resistant
• Colour and image quality are not drastically affected
• Doesn’t leave any residues when removed
• Filters UV rays which helps protect your eyes

Anti-glare screen protector for iPad (£8.25)

If you have an iPad try these screen protectors designed for iPad. The matte finish on these screen protectors helps relieve glare.

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Polarised sunglasses

If you don’t already own a pair invest in some polarised sunglasses. Wearing polarised sunglasses can supposedly help. Some have an anti-reflective coating on the lens to help reduce sun glare.

Ray-Ban Polarised Sunglasses (£106.93)

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Sit under a parasol

If you’re not a fan of sitting in the shade then you won’t be in favour of this idea, however sitting under a parasol will allow you to see your screen without having squinty eyes!

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (£59.99)

If you mainly use your device for reading then you may want to ditch your tablet and go down the route of purchasing a Kindle. There are several variations of Kindle (some are tablets) so ensure you get the right one for you.

The Kindle paperwhite is perfect for outdoor aswell as indoor reading. It has a touchscreen display that reads like printed paper. Audible gives you access to audio books so take advantage of being read to if you want to give your eyes a rest.

The Kindle’s portability and long battery life are appealing. They claim to have no screen glare, even when used in bright sunlight! To back this up there are many reviews stating no problems with outdoor reading on a Kindle paperwhite.

Kindle certainly ticks the box for holiday poolside or beach reading!

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Privacy screen protector (£22.99)

Whilst on the subject of screen covers you may be interested in having a privacy screen protector for your laptop, especially if you use your device in public areas or simply want peace of mind nobody is snooping over your shoulder!

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All in all there are various things you can try out to enable you to better see your screen without the frustration of screen glare!

Also, it’s important not to expose your electronic device to direct heat for long periods as this can result in over-heating. Laptops are often dark coloured which doesn’t help.

Let us know if you have any other tips you can recommend. Comment below 🙂

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