With the release of iOS 13, Apple will split its mobile operating system between the iPhone’s iOS and iPad’s iPadOS. Each platform offers their own device-specific functionalities, but one added element will be present in both: dark mode.
While dark mode was added to Mac in Mojave last year, iPhones and iPads have lacked this popular feature until now. Those who truly wanted to dim their screens could invert colors, but it wasn’t much of a substitute for a true dark mode.
Apple’s iOS 13 arrives on Sept. 19; once you download the new operating system, here’s how to lower the lights on Apple’s mobile OS.
On your iPhone or iPad, navigate to Settings > Display & Brightness and tap the Dark theme to switch everything to a darker shade.
Built-in Apple apps that will be given a darker theme include: App Store, Books, Clock, Contacts, Files, Health, Home, iMessage, iTunes, Reminders, Shortcuts, Store, News, Notes, Mail, Maps, Phone, Photos, Podcasts, Safari, Settings, Stocks, Tips, and Wallet.
If you’d prefer to limit dark mode to a specific time of day, iOS 13 lets you schedule when your device enters and exits dark mode.
Go to Settings > Display & Brightness. Toggle the Automatic option and by default, it will schedule the light theme until sunset and the dark theme until sunrise. Even with Automatic set, you can still choose dark mode during the day. It will switch to light mode with the next sunrise.
If you want to set specific times for dark mode and light mode, tap Options and choose Custom Schedule. Tap Light Appearance or Dark Appearance to select when the light and dark modes will change on a daily basis.
There is a quicker way to switch between light and dark modes from your iOS device. Open the Control Center by swiping down from the right corner of the screen. Below the flashlight icon is a theme button that will allow you to switch between light and dark modes.
The button will work differently depending on how you set up your themes. By default, it will permanently switch between light and dark. If dark mode is set to a custom time, changing it from the Control Center will only be temporary. It will switch back at the time you designated in settings.