How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    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
  2. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  3. Chazzle macrumors 68000


    Jul 17, 2015
    Also, through Control Center. Long press or force touch on the brightness controls, then toggle light or dark mode.
  4. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    You know it’s official when MR makes a how to on it. Long time coming!
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Especially when it’s not even available yet for the masses in September.....
  6. palmerc2 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.
  7. rjtyork macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Are we just going to sit here and act like we’re not upset about the whole widgets thing?
  8. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  9. DogHouseDub macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    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?
  10. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    I’m very happy to hear it can be activated by sunset. Did they add that function to Catalina?
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  12. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    What widget thing? iPhone widget? Uh... ok.
  13. benryanmills macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2016
    Norwich, UK
  14. code-m macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    Battery life will be greatly improved on OLED displays,yeah.
  15. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    This will be nice on the eyes. I know the phones have True Tone now, but I like the darker feel for my eyes.
  16. alexhardaker macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    How much will this improve battery life on OLED screens then?
  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    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.
  18. the-bigwig macrumors member

    May 17, 2016
    I just LOVE dark mode on the MacOS and I can’t go back. I’m so glad that they did that on the iOS as well.
  19. dz5b609 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2019
    What widgets thing? The fact that Android phones are going away from widgets?
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2019 ---
    Because a big bright white screen blasting at your face is annoying for most people in the evening/night.
  20. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    Its just invert colours i dont like the all black look on apps would rather a grey look
  21. Mutepointer, Jun 7, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 15, 2019

    Mutepointer macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2018
  22. xDENTALPLANx 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?
  23. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    By 23.65%
  24. justperry, Jun 7, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    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.

  25. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Gotta build that SEO link value early! - In b4 they delete this message because for some reason they do it every time I call this out.

    Dark mode does look good though, and I'm glad to see an auto trigger.

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