It’s only a matter of time before Apple releases a dark mode for iOS. But it is surprising such a coveted feature made it to the Mac first.
These days, Apple tends to focus on adding new features to iOS before any other Apple product.
Over the past few years, many of Mac’s new features showed up on the iPhone first.
Unfortunately for us iPhone and iPad folks, dark mode did not make the cut to iOS 12!
Learn why we’re hopeful that it’s coming with iOS 13 later this year.
In the meantime, there is a way using iOS 12 (and 11 and to some degree 10) to get a semi-dark mode on your iPhone today.
- 1 What Is The Purpose of Dark Mode and Why Is It So Special?
- 2 Dark Mode for macOS? Save
- 3 iPhone X Series Phones Are Dark Mode Ready! Save
- 4 iOS 12 Hints At Dark Mode For Future Updates
- 5 Don’t Forget To Check Out Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger!
- 6 Dark Mode is Everywhere…but iOS!
- How to set up Dark Mode on your iPhone using existing settings
- How to use Dark Mode and Dynamic Display on macOS Mojave
- Common iOS 12 Problems and How to Fix Them
- How To Enable Dark Mode in iOS 10, 11, & 12
- Is Your iPhone Display Too Dim, Yellow, or Dark? Fix Display Problems Now
The introduction of Dark Mode undoubtedly put a smile on the face of many Mac fans.
However, there are many more iPhone users who have been begging for the feature for years.
What Is The Purpose of Dark Mode and Why Is It So Special?
Many people are obsessed with dark mode coming to iOS!
Dark mode removes all those white and bright backgrounds that up to now have been the standard look for mobile screens and apps and replaces that with dark and black backgrounds.
Black text changes to white or light colored text.
Most importantly, dark mode is better for your eyes!
For most of us, it’s easier to read and look at content in Dark Mode, especially at night and in low-light environments.
For the newest line of iPhones with OLED screen, dark mode also improves battery life–something we are always wanting!
Dark Mode for macOS?
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one surprised when Apple showed off Dark Mode during the WWDC keynote on the Mac with macOS Mojave instead of iOS.
This new dynamic dark-mode feature allows for your Mac’s desktop picture to adjust dynamically regarding brightness and color tones with variations in daylight available in the room or environment.
Check out this new dynamic dark mode for macOS Mojave! It’s simply awesome.
It’s pretty mind-boggling that there still is no Dark Mode feature for the iPhone
iPhone X Series Phones Are Dark Mode Ready!
When the iPhone X was released last year, Dark Mode seemed like a given for iOS 12.
It’s the first iPhone ever to use an OLED screen, and blacks look incredible on the display.
Unlike LCD screens of older models and the iPhone XR, with OLED screens, the black pixels don’t light up at all, so there isn’t the battery drain that dark mode would take on earlier screen types!
Now that we have the iPhone X Series phones like the XS and XR, we really expect a dark mode release–and are frankly surprised Apple did not launch it with all these new phones.
Looking at the XS and XS Max, these phones are just begging for dark mode! They seem built for it.
iOS 12 Hints At Dark Mode For Future Updates
It turns out; not all hope is lost for Dark Mode in iOS. Developers discovered some details in the iOS 12 beta which seem to hint that Dark Mode may come to iOS 13 later in the year.
iOS 12 already contains some dark elements. The media controls on the lock screen, for example, are a translucent black instead of white.
And if you’re paying attention, you notice the same black translucent background shows up in the Control Center in iOS 11. It seems Apple has been taking slow steps towards a full-fledged Dark Mode.
If rumors turn out to be true, it looks like Apple may be releasing Dark Mode in iOS 13 later this year, now that we have a fantastic new line of OLED iPhones in the XS and XS Max.
I’ll have my fingers crossed until then.
In the meantime, learn how to create a quasi-dark mode (called Smart Invert) on your iPhone or iPad using the techniques outlined in this article.
A Bit About Smart Invert
Be mindful that Smart Invert isn’t a true dark mode. It shows you the contrasts of your iPhone’s current colors.
Rather than show a white background, Smart Invert changes whites to black and some other colors change to their opposite on the color wheel. However, Smart Invert still shows some images and notably, many videos as color negatives.
To turn on smart invert, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors > Smart Invert.
It’s not perfect, but until Apple releases a real dark mode option for iOS it will have to do! Sorry folks!
P.S. If you haven’t tried an app which already supports a true dark theme, you’re missing out.
Don’t Forget To Check Out Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger!
We may not have a dark mode for iOS yet. But we do have quite a few apps that offer a dark mode, including the recent addition of Facebook Messenger.
FB’s Messenger dark mode offers a white-text-on-black-background–great for nighttime and low light reading!
But actually getting dark mode active in Messenger is a bit of a process (or trick–depending on how you look at it.)
How To Get Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger
- Check the App Store for an update to Facebook Messenger and update it, if available
- Open Messenger
- Choose a friend(s) to send a message to OR send it to yourself (that works too!)
- Tap emoji
- Scroll and locate the crescent moon emoji
- Send that friend that crescent moon emoji–just on its own
- Tap on the moon emoji in the chat after you send it
- If active on your account, you see a few moons falling from the top of your screen followed by a prompt saying You Found Dark Mode!
- In the prompt, tap Try It in Settings
- Tap Dark Mode on
- Tap Done to confirm
Not Getting Dark Mode Option in Messenger?
- Make sure you didn’t include the crescent moon emoji with other text, you have to send it by itself!
- If it doesn’t work, close the Messenger app
- On devices without a Home Button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause slightly in the middle of the screen
- For devices with a Home Button, double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps
- Swipe right or left to find the Messenger app
- Swipe up towards the top of your screen on the app’s preview to close the app
- Restart your device
- Open FB Messenger again
- Tap on the crescent moon again or follow the steps above again
Some folks needed to log out of Messenger and then back in to get this to work, so give that a try if you still can’t get Dark Mode to show up.
Don’t Like Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger? Change it Back!
- Open FB Messenger
- Tap your profile picture or icon in the upper-left corner
- Toggle Dark Mode off
- Tap Done!
Dark Mode is Everywhere…but iOS!
Yes, dark mode is part of most of our Apple devices already.
It’s the standard for Apple Watch. Mojave’s got it. Even Apple TV has a dark mode.
Plus, dark mode is already a feature in Safari, Apple Books, Siri, Apple Music, and Stocks. And dark mode is available on a growing list of third-party apps too!
To find an app that supports dark mode, open the App Store and ask this question: Does This App Come in Black?