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Learn how to disable the Screen Distance warnings in iOS 17 if you’re willing to overlook them.

How to Turn Off Screen Distance Notifications in iOS 17

On a mission to save the general public’s eyes, Apple has packed a very smart feature in the newly released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 – it’s called Screen Distance. If you’re not familiar with that particular functionality or you’re not on the new iPhone OS, we’ll explain in more detail in just a moment. But for those who are using it – and particularly those who are not quite fond of it by any stretch of the imagination – here’s how to turn off the Screen Distance notifications.

Step 1: Go straight to Settings.

Step 2: Navigate down to the Screen Time section (it’s positioned below Focus and above General).

Step 3: Tap the Screen Distance section below Always Allowed and Communication Limits.

Step 4: From here, Screen Distance can be toggled on or off with a tap.

Of course, should you decide to give it another try, you can turn Screen Distance on again at any point.

What is Screen Distance and Why Turn it Off?

iPhones and iPads with Face ID (and updated to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, respectively) are now notifying users when they may be using the device too close to their eyes – and possibly damaging their sight. The idea is to help cut down on the risk of nearsightedness, especially in children.

The feature spits out an “iPhone is Too Close” alert message whenever it finds you holding your device closer than 12 inches to your eyes (for a prolonged period). To continue using your device, you’ll have to move it to a safe distance. It will also remind you that keeping your iPhone at arm’s length is good for your eyesight.

That’s possible because the Screen Distance feature uses the TrueDepth camera to determine the distance between the display and your eyes. It works on the iPhone XS and newer models and the 2018 iPad Pro and newer variants.

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