How to Enable Dark Mode on Any iPhone (iOS 17.1.2)

🗓️ November 29, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Many people were hoping that Apple will give Dark Mode in iOS with the latest flagship. But, it seems like to use Dark Mode in iOS on iPhone you don’t need to buy a new iPhone this year. Before old iOS, folks are using the Invert Color feature to make the iPhone dark, and Invert Color is popularly known as Dark Mode. The latest iOS brings a lot of new updates which will make your iPhone look much different.

When you enable dark mode on iPhone and iPad, the entire device gets black including multiple third-party applications. Apple is allowing third-party developers to integrate Dark Mode into their apps. You will also get dark mode supported wallpapers, to enhance and make the iPhone more realistic.

There is powerful features waiting for you, like Creating and Sharing Custom Memoji, Changing display name in iMessage, and much more.

Turn on dark Mode on your Phone to less eye-strain

Where is Dark Mode in iOS?

Is that a question that comes to your mind after hearing the news about Official Dark Mode on iPhone? While many people still don’t know how to enable Dark Mode, we decided to help and guide them. There are two, different methods to Turn on Dark Mode on iPhone.

Way 1: From Settings app How to enable Dark Mode

Dark mode can simply be enabled from the Settings app on your iPhone. We can say this method is manual, so every time when you want to Enable/Disable Dark Mode, you have to follow the same steps.

  • Step #1: Go to the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • Step #2: Locate and tap “Display & Brightness”.
  • Step #3: Tap on the “Dark” option.
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Quickly Enable Dark mode all time
Quickly Enable Dark mode all time

How to Schedule Dark Mode

However, this can be annoying and boring to enable dark mode manually, so why not schedule dark mode on iPhone. Once you do so, the iPhone will time to time switch between Dark Mode and Light Mode.

  • Step #1: Open the “Settings” app.
  • Step #2: Tap “Display & Brightness”.
  • Step #3: Choose the “Light” mode.
  • Step #4: Toggle on “Automatic”.
  • Step #5: Select “Options” tab.
  • Step #6: Tick marks the “Sunset to Sunrise” option.

After enabling Dark Mode, it will “Automatically transition iPhone appearance between light and dark mode based on-time performance” said Apple.

How to Set Custom Time in Dark Mode

One more option we have got which allows you to set custom time in Dark Mode. Set your own time when do you like to enable Dark Mode and when not to.

  • Step #1: Again go to the “Settings” app.
  • Step #2: Scroll down and open “Display & Brightness”.
  • Step #3: Keep the “Light” mode, selected.
Quickly Enable Dark mode all time
Quickly Enable Dark mode all time
  • Step #4: Turn on “Automatic”.
  • Step #5: Go to the “Options”.
  • Step #6: Select “Custom Schedule”.
  • Turn on Dark mode for Custom time interval
    Turn on Dark mode for Custom time interval
  • Step #7: There, you can set “Light Appearance” and “Dark Appearance” time as per your convenience.
  • NOTE: Light Appearance will set the Light mode as per your time whereas Dark Appearance will enable Dark Mode automatically at a given time.

    Way 2: Dark mode From Control Center

    Control Center is the easiest and quickest settings where we can customize most of the functions in a second. Likewise, Dark mode can also be enabled from the Control Center. Unfortunately, Dark Mode didn’t get any separate icon, so it can be impossible for the person who is trying to enable Dark Mode from Control Center. Let’s see how you can enable Dark Mode from Control Center.

    • Step #1: Pull down or bring up the Control Center in your iDevice. [On iPad, Swipe finger down from the top-right edge of iPad screen]
    • Step #2: Tap and hold the “Brightness dial”.
    • Step #3: Tap on “Appearance”.
    turn on Dark Mode from COntrol center
    turn on Dark Mode from the Control center

    Share your thoughts with us, how this dark mode helps you in daily wear and tear life. Personally, I’m enjoying this dark mode on my iPhone 13 Pro max and it looks great because of OLED display.

    Guide to Activate and Use brand new Smart Invert on iPhone, iPad [iOS 12 & Earlier]

    iOS 12 has no System-Wide Dark mode settings, Note: iOS 12 Dark Mode is unavailable for old iPhones including iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S. If you much like and you haven’t iOS 12 supported devices, then you will have to upgrade your iPhone.

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    Method #1. Turn on Dark Mode on Any iPhone

    In the starting, let us see the six times tapping method to enable Smart Invert Colors that is turn your iOS 12 or above iDevice screen convert into dark mode. Just unlock your iPhone screen and apply the following steps.

    Step #1. Launch the Settings App to look like a gear icon.

    Step #2. Navigate General then Tap on Accessibility.

    Tap on General to open Accessibility Settings in iOS 11 dark mode iPhone

    Step #3. Now tap on Display Accommodations.

    Step #4. Next, you have to tap on Invert Colors

    Tap on Display Accommodations to activate Invert Colors in iOS 11 on iPhone iPad

    Step #5. in end turn trigger of Smart Invert ON/ Green.

    Turn on Smart Invert toggle green to enable dark mode iOS 11 on iPhone iPad

    Wow! I hope that you’re enjoying dark mode on your regular reading apps like iBooks, and search Podcast, drawing or listing in Notes, Apple Watch App store, etc.

    By the way, I think this method is lengthy for the iPhone users rather than iPad folks So that most of the users might ignore to use dark mode in iOS. Hence, I thought other ways to turn on dark mode on my iPhone XR. And luckily, I found more four great shortcuts to activate Smart Invert colors.

    Okay, you guys, I am glad to put all shortcuts in front of you in this article. Hope, you like this and share on your social media timeline and spread much more with your friends, business mates and many other.

    Method #2. Enable Dark mode on iPhone iOS 12 using 3D Touch with AssistiveTouch

    This is a hardware-based way to activate Smart Invert in iOS 12 or later. Mean by; the tip is useful only for the 3D touch supported iPhone users (iPhone 6S and later advanced models). Very few users might know this unique method. But from here, you can also learn within minutes. Just follow the bottom given the guide to get Accessibility shortcuts on the screen.

    I always use this method to get dark mode settings with the shortcut way on my iPhone 7 Plus. Useful in the difficult situation in time like a broken home button or home button stuck and won’t work as like before.

    Note: You must have enabled the touch screen button on your iPhone to turn on dark mode using 3D touch.

    Step #1. Open the Settings App on your iPhone/ iPad and Find General.

    Step #2. Tap Accessibility then turn AssistiveTouch ON (ignore if you have already enabled it)

    Step #3. Now tap on Customize Top Level menu..,

    turn on Assistivetouch to open Customize Top Level menu settings on iPhone and iPad

    Step #4. Now you have to scroll down the screen and tap on 3D touch Action then select Triple-Click.

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    Tap 3D touch Action then set Triple-Click to enable dark mode on iPhone and iPad

    Step #5. In the end, pressing and holding on to the Assistive touch button (dark spot on the screen) so you will get the Accessibility shortcuts actions sheet.

    Step #6. Tap on Smart Invert Colors.

    Tap on Smart Invert to enable dark mode on iPhone and iPad iOS 11

    You’re Done!

    If you can’t appear Dark Mode (‘Smart invert Colors’) option in Accessibility shortcuts, then you have to add that via Accessibility Settings.

    Tap on Accessibility Shortcut to add and enable Smart Invert Colors in iOS 11 on iPhone iPad

    Method #3. Turn on Dark Mode on iPhone in iOS 12 Using Customize Control Center

    Do you want to operate Smart Invert color using iOS 12 Control Center? Then you have to add the Accessibility shortcut icon in swiping up menu. First of all, I’m sharing with you all about putting the Accessibility shortcut in CC, then how to use it for iOS 12 dark mode.

    Steps for that user who don’t know how to add App Shortcuts in iOS 12 Control center

    Step #1. Go to the  Settings App – Tap Control center.

    Step #2. Hit Customize Controls – Now tap on the Green round button left to the Accessibility Shortcuts.

    Tap on Customize Controls to Add Accessibility Shortcuts in iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone

    Step #3. Next, let’s launch swipe up a menu from the bottom of the screen, then tap on the Accessibility Shortcuts App icon that looks like a men inner the circle. In the end, Tap on Smart invert to activate the dark mode.

    Open Control center and tap on Accessibility Shortcuts icon to enable dark mode Smart Invert in iOS 11 on iPhone iPad

    Method #4. Enable Dark Mode using Siri Command on iPhone

    I have tested dark mode in iOS using Siri command on my iPhone XS Max. Just invoke Siri and ask her ‘Enable smart invert mode’ and that gives dark mode screen quickly.

    Enable Dark Mode iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

    Hmm if you ask hey Siri enable dark mode, but it doesn’t reply you (Sorry, but I’m not able to change that setting.) because users say dark mode but the brand wise that is Smart Invert Colors. I also tested Hey Siri ‘Enable dark mode, ’’ but she replied me, Sorry, but I’m not able to change that setting. Haha!!

    Method #5. Activate iOS  Dark Mode on iPhone using Triple-click Home Button

    While you quickly triple Click the home button on iPhone/iPad, then you get the Accessibility shortcuts action sheet on the screen. Hit on Smart Invert Colors, so your eye feeling dark mode on the iDevice Home screen and supported all Apps visible black color background along with white fonts and vice-versa. Expert says dark mode view better for reading anytime and cools feature for eyes.

    So you guys enjoy iOS dark Mode messages, iMessage, Whatsapp, Safari browser, dark Mode Music App, Phone contacts, Mail App, News App, and much more.

    Still Smart invert Colors running in beta version so that sometimes won’t work due to bug version, at that time you have to submit a report in Apple Feedback App.

    Lots of thanks, Apple, especially for the iOS dark mode feature because turn on/ Enable Dark Mode turns my iPhone keyboard as like my MacBook Pro backlight keyboard.

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    Jaysukh Patel
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    Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]