How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13 or iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad

After several years of wait, with iOS 13 Apple has eventually decided to roll out the much-awaited Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad. What’s more, “Appearance Dark” takes full advantage of an OLED display to turn the screen pitch black. Not to mention, it will even boost the battery life of your device. Cherry on the cake: with the latest version 2.20.30, WhatsApp has also introduced dark mode.

Knowing how adorable it really is, we’ve gone hands-on with it to let you know how to enable Dark Mode in iOS 13 running devices. So, let’s put this appreciable feature to the test straightaway!

How to Turn ON Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad from Control Center

There are multiple ways you can turn on this new add-on. However, the easiest way to get it done is via Control Center.

Step #1. On iPhone 8 Plus or earlier, swipe up from the bottom. On iPhone X and later and on iPad swipe down from the top right corner to access Control Center.

Access Control Center on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, you need to tap and hold the display brightness control option.

Tap and Hold Display & Brightness in iOS Control Center

Step #3. Now, you should see a new option called “Appearance Light.” Tap on it, and the magic will take over your entire device in the blink of an eye.

Enable Dark Mode from iOS 13 Control Center

It will darken the whole user-interface, and even showcase its appealing impact in all the apps (provided they comply with it.)

How to Activate Dark Mode from Settings

Step #1. Simply, open Settings app → Tap on Display & Brightness.

Tap on Settings then Display & Brightness in iDevice Settings

Step #2. Now, select Dark to put this feature into action.

Activate Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

Customize Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

One thing worth noting is that you can also set this feature to get activated automatically based on the preferred time of the day. To do so, first off choose Dark and then toggle the switch that’s right next to Automatic. After that, tap on Options.

Then, depending on how you want to use Dark Mode, you can choose Sunset to Sunrise or go with a Custom Schedule as per your convenience. So, take full advantage of it to bolster your viewing.

Customize Dark Mode in iOS 13 on iPhone or iPad

Now, you probably already know how to disable it. Simply bring up Control Center → Touch and hold the brightness control button → Then tap on “Appearance Dark” and you are ready to go.

How to Disable Dark Mode in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

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

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

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.

Tap on Settings then General then Accessibility on iPhone or iPadStep #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.

Select Smart Invert Colours in Accessibility Shortcut SettingsGoing 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 iPhoneSticky 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…

That’s pretty much it!

Video Walkthrough: Use Dark Mode on iPhone Running iOS 13

Use Dark Mode on iPad Running iPadOS 13

Video: How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 or Earlier

Your Take?

Now that, you’ve put your hands on this useful feature, toss up your feedback and whether or not it looks right on the money for your specific taste.

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