How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 12 or Earlier on iPhone and iPad

After a long wait, Dark Mode has eventually embraced iOS! Navigate through this quick guide to enable Dark Mode in iOS 12 or iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad.

If you also use your device a lot at night, I would recommend you to enable Dark Mode in iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad. Aside from safeguarding your eyes, this accessibility feature will also extend the battery life of your device.

Before you start scrolling, let me tell you that iOS doesn’t yet have a full-fledged Dark Mode feature, unlike macOS. The good news is that some apps like Facebook Messenger have already introduced it and more applications are likely to follow suit.

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How to Enable/Disable Dark Mode (Smart Invert) in iOS 12 and iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility → Next, you need to tap on Display Accommodations.

Tap on Accessibility then Display Accommodations on iPhone or iPad

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Step #3. Now, tap on Invert Colors → Next up, you have two options:

  • Smart Invert: Once it’s activated, it reverses the colors of the display except for media, images. It also works with apps that support dark color styles.
  • Classic Invert: It allows you to simply reverse colors of the display. (It’s the one that’s existed for long.)

Step #4. You have to toggle the switch next to Smart Invert.

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

Have a look at the entire interface! Doesn’t it make more convenient for the eyes to view the screen?

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Now, watch videos, browse the Internet and do all sort of activities that bring plenty of fun to you. This time, your eyes won’t burn or feel strained out even after using the device for long. And, this is what makes it so handy.

Later, if you decide to disable this feature, all you need to do is come back to the same setting and then turn off the switch for Smart Invert in the end.

How to Turn ON/OFF Dark Mode Quickly By Triple-Clicking the Home/Side Button on iOS Device

Just in case, you wish to use this feature regularly; you should take advantage of Accessibility Shortcut to instantly turn it ON/OFF.

Step #1. Open Settings app → General → Accessibility.

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Tap on Settings then General then Accessibility on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut.

Tap on Accessibility Shortcut in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Finally, select Smart Invert Colors and quit the Settings.

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Select Smart Invert Colours in Accessibility Shortcut Settings

Going forward, you can activate or disable Dark Mode just by clicking the side or Home button three times in quick succession on your device.

Turn ON or OFF Dark Mode Quickly By Triple-Clicking the Home or Side Button on iPhone

Sticky Note: If you have assigned the triple click option to activate Emergency SOS on your iPhone X series, this life-saving feature now won’t be activated with a triple-click. Instead, you will have to press and hold the side button and either volume button to use Emergency SOS.

Not A Full-Fledged Alternative…But Worth Giving A Try…

I wish Apple introduced a fully featured dark theme on iOS sooner than later. As its macOS counterpart has already got this feature, I expect it to arrive on iPhone as well with the release of iOS 13.

Video: How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

That’s it! You have successfully enabled Dark Mode on your iPhone or iPad.

Wrapping up:

Now watch videos, browse the internet, and do all sort of activities that bring plenty of fun to you. This time, your eyes won’t burn or feel strained out. And this is what makes it so handy.

Later, if you wish to disable dark mode on your device, just follow all above-mentioned steps and turn off the switch next to Smart Invert.

As we are talking about the latest iOS version, you would want to have a look at these posts as well:

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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