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When you enable dark mode, the user interface of your iPhone and iPad changes from black text on a white background to white text on black background. A huge number of people love dark themes on their devices. Also, at night or in dark rooms, it feels much better to work on a dark screen. Apple has finally introduced the Dark Mode feature in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. In this article, we will explain how to enable dark mode on iPhone using Apple’s new dark mode feature and also the existing Smart Invert feature.

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

Note: Currently, this method works with iOS 13 supported applications and websites. In the future, as more applications get updated for iOS 13 and also start supporting the Dark Mode feature.

To enable the dark mode, open the Control Center.

Depending upon your device model there are different ways to open the Control Center i.e, if you have a device with a notch, swipe down from the top right side of the screen; if your iPhone has a Home button then swipe up from the bottom.

After opening the Control Center, tap and hold the Brightness button.

Then tap on the Dark Mode button, the dark mode is now enabled. And when you tap on it again, it will be disabled.

Alternative Method to Enable Dark Mode

You can enable Dark Mode by going to Settings -> Display -> tap on Dark

You can also add the Dark Mode button to the Control Center. To do that go to Settings -> Control Center -> Customize Controls -> tap on ‘+’ add button next to Dark Mode. This will enable a dedicated button for Dark Mode on your Control Center.

Schedule Time for Dark Mode

You can set a specific time for the Dark Mode to automatically get enabled. To do that go to Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Appearance section -> enable Automatic by tapping on the toggle.

Tap on Options below Automatic to set a specific time. You have two options there, first the Sunset to Sunrise and second a Custom Schedule.

When you select Custom Schedule, you can exactly set the time to activate Light Appearance and Dark Appearance.

Using Smart Invert

Alternative to Dark Mode, you can use the iPhone’s accessibility feature to automatically invert the user interface colors. This will not affect the images and videos.

To enable Smart Invert, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Display and Text Size -> enable Smart Invert by sliding the toggle.

You will see the user interface inverts to white text on a dark background, there might be some applications and websites which might not look perfect, but this feature is useful for the time being.


In this article, we saw how to enable dark mode on iPhone using the new Dark Mode feature. We can set the timer to automatically enable the dark mode. And we also explained an alternative feature i.e. the Smart Invert feature. In the future, if there are any more functions for Dark Mode we will update this article accordingly.

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