How to Turn On Dark Mode on iPhone 12(Pro Max/Mini)/11/X/Xr/8/7/6/5s

Though Apple took long to bring it, the Dark Mode on iOS was one of the terrific additions in recent years. It got critical acclaim, considering how Apple had optimized the feature for iPhone and iPad devices. As of now, iPhone devices running iOS 13 or later have access to this feature. Needless to say, Dark Mode becomes an excellent choice when you want to use your iPhone in a low-light environment.

However, some people still don’t know the multiple ways to turn on the dark mode on the iPhone. You need not have to go to Settings all the time. As it happens, the simpler ways to enable, manage, and schedule the Dark Mode will increase your productivity and focus. That is, you can expect a unified viewing experience no matter when you pick up your iPhone.

In this article, we’ve covered almost all methods to turn on Dark Mode on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11, X, XR, 8, 7, 6s, and all the Pro/Max/Plus variants in-between. We have also talked about simplifying the Dark Mode toggles via Control Center and how you can schedule this feature as per your convenience. Shall we start, then?

How to Turn On Dark Mode On iPhone from Control Center?

Control Center is the easiest way to turn on Dark Mode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The steps you have to follow are below. For this testing session, we have used an iPhone 11 running iOS 14.2, but it should work on all devices running iOS 13 or later.

Step 1:

First, you have to launch the Control Center on your iPhone. If you have an iPhone X or later, you will have to swipe down from the top-right corner of the display. However, if you have an iPhone SE (2nd Gen), 8, 7, or 6s, you have to swipe up from the bottom part of the display.

Launch control center on iPhone

This should take you to the Control Center interface.

Step 2:

Here, you can see various options to control your iPhone. Now, find the section to control the brightness of the display. It would have an icon of the sun, indicating the level of brightness you have set.

Long press brightness icon on iPhone

Press and hold the controller to go to the detailed Brightness menu.

Step 3:

In the detailed Brightness menu, you have to look at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Here, you can see a button named Dark Mode. Tap on the button to enable Dark Mode and do the same to toggle it off.

Turn on Dark mode on iPhone in the Brightness menu

As you can see, the same section allows you to control options like Night Shift and True Tone if you have got a compatible iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with you.

So simple, isn’t it?

How to Set Up the Dark Mode Toggle On Control Center?

In the earlier method, you have to take a few steps to reach the actual Dark Mode control. However, if you’d like a simple alternative, you can place a Dark Mode toggle on the Control Center menu itself. This is because we have an option in iOS to customize what appears where on the Control Center interface.

Once you have done this, you can turn on/turn off Dark Mode on iPhone with a simple tap.

Step 1:

First of all, launch Settings on your iPhone and go to Control Center from the list of sub-menus.

Control center from settings on iPhone

Step 2:

On the upcoming screen, you have an option to customize what appears on Control Center and how you can access the same.

Below that, you can see a list of Included Controls, followed by More Controls.

Included controls and more controls on iPhone

Find Dark Mode from the list and tap on the + button. Now, the Dark Mode entry would be listed under the Included Controls section.

Move Dark mode from more controls to included controls on iPhone

You can also change the arrangement of controls as per your priority.

Step 3:

You can now launch the Control Center, and there will be a dedicated button to toggle Dark Mode.

Set up dark mode toggle on Control center

This can save you a few seconds if you switch between Dark and Light modes often.

How to Enable Dark Mode On iPhone from Settings App?

Let’s say you’re not a big fan of shortcuts or the Control Center on iOS. Instead, you would go to the main Settings app and enable/disable Dark Mode for your device. In that case, you have to follow the steps we’ve given below.

Step 1:

Go to Settings and choose Display & Brightness.

Display & Brightness from settings on iPhone

Step 2:

On the top portion of the screen, you can see two options under the Appearance tab: Dark and Light.

To enable Dark Mode, you can tap on the Dark button.

Enable dark mode on iPhone from settings

iOS also shows you a handy preview of how the Dark or Light mode would look like.

Voila, you have successfully enabled Dark Mode on your iPhone.

How to Set Dark Mode On a Schedule?

Some people prefer having the Light Mode during daytime and Dark Mode after sunset. I mean, that’s what the Mode is supposed to be, right? However, you may not want to turn on and turn off the Dark/Light Modes, again and again, every single day.

In this case, you can choose to schedule when the Dark Mode becomes turned on/off. The steps you have to follow are:

Step 1:

Go to Settings and choose Display & Brightness, as we did in the last method.

Step 2:

Now, enabled the Automatic option near the Light/Dark choices.

Enable Automatic option on Display & Brightness

And, you have to choose the Options entry.

Step 3:

On the next screen, you can see two options. From that, choose Custom Schedule.

Custom schedule dark mode on iPhone

In the time management screen that appears, you can set up the schedule.

Once you have done this, your iPhone will automatically shift between Dark and Light Modes as per the timings you have set.

Some More Tips to Get the Best Out of Dark Mode on iOS

Let’s start with something cool here.

Did you know you can ask Siri to turn on/off the Dark Mode on your iPhone? Well, it can do that in a second, and you don’t have to open Control Center or Settings. Instead, just say, “Hey Siri, turn on Dark Mode.”

Turn on dark mode on iPhone with Siri

The next tip will help you to take Dark Mode to the extreme. As you know, not every app on iOS is optimized for Dark Mode. It means you may come across some apps and websites that become the white sheep (irony intended) even when Dark Mode is on.

Turn on smart invert on iPhone

To avoid this, you can enable an option called Invert Colors. You can access this option by going to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size and enable Smart Invert. Smart Invert will invert the color, but it will leave images alone, making viewing more comfortable.

The Bottom Line

We hope this article helped you to master how to turn on Dark Mode on your iPhone. As you can see, there are multiple ways to go about the process, and the choice is entirely up to you. If you prefer better control over display settings, you should choose the Settings mode itself. Otherwise, Siri is always there to help you.

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