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How to Enable a Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad with Smart Invert

Unlike macOS, Apple doesn’t have an official dark mode for its mobile iOS. You can, however, get a similar effect throughout the OS by using the Smart Invert feature on your device.

It’s all the rage these days to have the ability to turn on a dark mode or night theme on your apps or device’s operating system. Most major apps and operating systems have some type of dark theme you can turn on. We have covered some of them in the past like the dark theme for Windows 10 or how to enable dark mode for Google Chrome.

In fact, Google says using dark mode on Android increases your phone’s battery life. The improved power longevity comes as the pixels on the display have less work to do. Plus, in a lot of cases, a dark mode is easier on the eyes and it just looks cooler.

Unlike its macOS counterpart, Apple hasn’t yet created an official version of dark mode for iOS. You can, however, create a similar result by tweaking a few settings on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how.

Enable a Dark Mode on iOS with Smart Invert

To enable the makeshift dark mode on your iPhone or iPad, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.

iOS Dark_Mode Settings Accessibility

Next, tap Invert Colors and then flip on the Smart Invert switch.

iOS Dark Mode Settings invert Colors

That’s it. The colors on your iPhone or iPad will be inverted and provide a “dark mode” of sorts. It will show up right away and you’ll notice the overall OS will be less bright and dark. It might not be the perfect implementation of a dark mode as you’d like. For example, some buttons and menu items have a neon green or orange tint to them. But it is the closest thing you have to an actual dark theme for iOS currently.

Smart Invert Dark Mode iPhone

While the Smart Invert feature affects colors across the system, it doesn’t flip colors of your pictures and videos. Also, if you’re using an app that already includes a dark theme, those will not be affected.

Smart Invert Dark Mode iPad

If you are a fan of using a dark mode on your iOS and other tech devices, it’s worth giving the Smart Invert feature a try.


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