How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

In iOS 13, Apple has included a system-wide Dark Mode option similar to the one it brought to the Mac in 2018 with the release of macOS Mojave.

Dark Mode is designed to be easier on the eyes by providing less harsh display brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower, while maintaining contrast and vibrancy.

If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max, enabling Dark Mode may also conserve battery life whenever true blacks are on screen, since black pixels in an OLED panel basically switch off and consume far less power.

Enabling Dark Mode in iOS 13 is easy - simply follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Under Appearance, tap Dark to switch to Dark Mode.
Note that the Display & Brightness settings screen also includes an Automatic switch that you can toggle - doing so will cause your device to automatically enable Dark Mode at sunset, and Light Mode at sunrise.

Alternately, you can set a custom schedule for the display change by using the Options menu that appears when you toggle on the Automatic switch.

Article Link: How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13


macrumors 68000
Feb 29, 2008
Los Angeles
I’m not familiar with coding at all, but couldn’t this have been an update to iOS 12? Did it really require a whole new iOS version to implement, as if to imply it was a massive undertaking? Or is Apple trying to space out features so they had something to feature in iOS 13? When you go to Dark Mode is the first thing featured in iOS 13.


macrumors regular
Jun 10, 2009
Are we just going to sit here and act like we’re not upset about the whole widgets thing?

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
I feel the same way about dark mode as I do about condiment bottles that stand on the lid. Awesome, but aren’t we a little embarrassed about how long it took?
Embarrassed because of what? If you follow Apple at all, you know they take their time on almost anything with implementation of hardware/software/product releases, etc. That’s what is unique about Apple, everything they release is not ‘Perfect timing’, but it usually is unique in some form or another over the competitors.


macrumors regular
Mar 22, 2019
Are we just going to sit here and act like we’re not upset about the whole widgets thing?
What widgets thing? The fact that Android phones are going away from widgets?
Used dark mode for about a day on mojave, then forgot it existed. I’m glad it’s there for those who want it, but I really don’t see the big deal.
Because a big bright white screen blasting at your face is annoying for most people in the evening/night.


macrumors newbie
May 22, 2018
New Zealand
Random question, but if you switch on the ‘automatic’ toggle, does the screen suddenly flick to dark mode, or is it a gradual change over a few seconds / minutes?


macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
I'm a rolling stone.
Whoever thought this was a good idea is a ... (Not going to go that path)
I am talking about the Update button.
Dark blue on a dark background, low contrast, it's especially bad when backlight is set to low.

It's fairly visible here, this is an internal photo, it's a lot worse when actually looking on your iPhone, for instance reflections, a not 100% clean screen amongst others.

Why just not use white, or (very ) light grey.

Just now I tried to make a photo from this on an iPad Mini 2, doesn't really show the issue either.

Don't get me wrong, I like darkmode, this is just a first beta, they will tweak it.
Few bugs here and there have to be ironed out on iOS 13, bet it's within a month.

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