iPhone May Be Too Close? (Screen Distance iOS 17 Feature)

iphone may be too close warning

iPhone may be too close warning

Getting the ‘iPhone May Be Too Close’ warning? You’re informed that ‘keeping your iPhone at arm’s length can protect your eyesight’? It’s the new Screen Distance iOS 17 feature in action!

iPhone May Be Too Close Warning?

This popup has been mentioned by Eduardo (iOS 17.0.1):

“‘iPhone might be too close’ messages keeps showing, although I’m keeping the device at a considerable distance. Is this new feature glitchy for anyone else?”

We did not notice any unexpected behavior of the new Screen Distance feature. However, there are some complaints on Reddit, from the beta stages, about the warnings being inconsistent:

“Safe screen distance feature on iOS 17 is a hit or miss on my iPhone 13.”

iPhone May Be Too Close Settings

If you feel that this feature is unreliable an generating erroneous warnings you can turn it off, at least until it’s fine tuned in the upcoming iOS 17.x versions:
screen distance ios 17 settings

  • 1. Open Settings and go for Screen Time.
  • 2. Tap on Screen Distance.
  • 3. Turn Off Screen Distance.

Screen Distance iOS 17 Feature

screen distance ios 17 feature
According to Apple’s splash-screens we’re informed that:

  • iPhone or iPad should be held at a suggested distance of 30 centimeters.
  • Face ID is used to periodically scan and detect if the distance between your face and the device is unsafe.
  • The Screen Shield prompts you to hold your iPhone further away.
  • The Position Guide helps you to reach the safe distance. Tap Continue to acknowledge.
  • Fact: Maintaining the device at a correct distance helps to reduce eye strain and the risk of myopia in children.

Do you find the new Screen Distance iOS 17 feature useful? Are you also noticing an unreliable behavior? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: For more iOS 17 new features check the full list (293)!