iOS 13: How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone

iOS 13 Dark Mode Enable iPhone

One of the key new features of iOS 13 is Dark Mode. After years of requests from users, Apple has finally added native Dark mode to iOS and it looks gorgeous especially on iPhones with OLED displays like the iPhone X/XS and iPhone 11 Pro. Here’s how you can enable Dark Mode in iOS 13 on your iPhone.

Apple has taken the time and effort to ensure that Dark Mode in iOS 13 is implemented properly. It could have just slapped a black background across the UI as some Android OEMs do, but that’s not the case here. Dark Mode in iOS 13 has been implemented in a thoughtful manner to ensure text eligibility is not affected in any way.

What’s even better is that iOS 13’s Dark Mode will integrate with third-party apps. So apps that have been updated to support Dark Mode in iOS 13 will automatically switch to a dark theme if Dark Mode is enabled on your iPhone.

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone Running iOS 13

There are two ways to enable Dark Mode on your iPhone running iOS 13.

Method 1

Step 1: Go to Display & Brightness in Settings

Open the Settings app on your iPhone running and go to Display & Brightness.

Step 2: Select Dark Theme Under Appearance

From the Appearance section, tap on Dark to enable the dark theme in iOS 13.

Enable Dark Mode iOS 13

You can also set Dark Mode to be automatically enabled for a specific time of the day. Enable the Automatic toggle in the Appearance section. A new Options setting will reveal itself. Tap on it and select either a custom schedule to enable Dark mode or you can enable it from Sunset to Sunrise.

Method 2

A faster way of enabling Dark Mode on your iPhone is via the Control Center.

Step 1: Bring Up the Control Center

If you are using an iPhone X/XS, iPhone 11, or iPhone 11 Pro, swipe down from the right side of the notch to bring up the Control Center.

Step 2: Tap the Dark Mode Toggle

Now simply tap on the Dark Mode toggle to enable it. If you have set up a schedule for Dark Mode, iOS 13 will follow it despite you enabling the mode manually. For example, if you have set Dark Mode to automatically disable itself at Sunrise, it will do so even after you enable it using the Control Center toggle.

Dark Mode Control Center toggle

Remember that all apps updated for iOS 13 Dark Mode will also automatically switch to a dark theme when you have Dark Mode enabled on your iPhone. The same also stands true for Safari and all websites that have updated their CSS to support iOS 13’s Dark Mode.


What are your thoughts on iOS 13’s Dark Mode? In my opinion, it looks particularly great on iPhones with OLED displays like the iPhone X/XS and the iPhone 11 Pro.