iOS 13 allows you to change the appearance of your iPhone and iPod touch with Dark Mode, a setting that enables a system-wide dark color scheme across all Apple apps, including Messages, Mail, Settings, and Photos.
Much like Dark Mode on the Mac, by enabling the dark theme on your device the system becomes less harsh on the eyes, especially at night, and for users who own a device with an OLED display, such as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, Dark Mode may also conserve battery life whenever true blacks are on screen, due to the fact black pixels in an OLED panel essentially switch off, resulting in less battery consumption.
Alongside redesigning all the native iOS apps to support Dark Mode, Apple is including new Dark Mode compatible Wallpapers with iOS 13, which change dependant on if you have the dark color scheme enabled. For custom Wallpapers, such as photos, iOS includes a new feature which dulls the image when Dark Mode is switched on to match the darker tones of iOS.
How to turn on Dark Mode on iPhone
- Open Settings, scroll down and select Display & Brightness
- Tap the Dark appearance from the two options available and iOS will switch to Dark Mode
Alongside toggling Dark Mode using the Settings app, users can quickly enable or disable the theme by using Control Center.
- Open Control Center and firmly press on the brightness slider
- Select the Appearance button at the bottom of the display to enable or disable Dark Mode
Apple is giving the option for users to set a schedule for Dark Mode. Within the Settings app, users are presented with the option to allow iOS to automatically enable Dark Mode between sunset and sunrise, for example, or set a custom schedule based on the time of day.
Upon installing iOS 13 for the first time, iPhone asks if you would like Dark Mode enabled as you complete the installation process.