Check Out Dark Mode in iOS 13

One of iOS 13's major new features is a systemwide Dark Mode option, which matches the ‌Dark Mode‌ feature we got in macOS Mojave last year.

Enabling ‌Dark Mode‌ can be done through the Settings app on the iPhone (or iPad) under the Display & Brightness section. You can select Light or Dark mode, or choose to enable them based on the time of day (Sunrise to Sunset) or a custom-picked schedule. If you long press on the Brightness indicator in Control Center, you can toggle on ‌Dark Mode‌ from there if you don't want to use the Settings app.


Turning on ‌Dark Mode‌ changes the look of the entire operating system, darkening everything from the wallpaper and the Home screen to individual apps.


Speaking of wallpaper, ‌iOS 13‌ has several new wallpapers available, which turn colors from light to dark based on which mode you have activated.


You'll see darker themes in all of your apps, from Settings and Photos to Apple Music.


Messages and Phone have new darker interfaces that are easier on the eyes when ‌Dark Mode‌ is activated.


Apple has put a lot of work into ‌Dark Mode‌, and most Apple apps at this time are supporting the feature. Maps already had a nighttime ‌Dark Mode‌, but now it's activated all the time when ‌Dark Mode‌ is turned on. Dark themes are available in Mail and Apple News.


The App Store, the Reminders app, and even the Health app have ‌Dark Mode‌ interfaces, as do other apps like Home (though it was already dark) and Wallet.


Other apps shown in ‌Dark Mode‌ include Shortcuts, Notes, and Contacts.


Safari has a dark theme too, but it looks best when websites are in ‌Dark Mode‌ themselves, such as Apple's website. MacRumors has a dark theme coming in a future update, so stay tuned.


For those who prefer darker themes on their devices, ‌iOS 13‌ isn't going to disappoint. Once third-party apps have all implemented dark options, ‌Dark Mode‌ will be seamlessly available across the iOS and iPadOS operating systems.

Right now, ‌iOS 13‌ with ‌Dark Mode‌ is limited to developers, who will need to download the update using Xcode 11 or a Mac running macOS Catalina. Apple plans to make ‌iOS 13‌ and ‌iPadOS‌ available to public beta testers in July ahead of a fall launch.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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27 weeks ago
I can't be the only person who finds dark mode more intensive on my eyes, particularly in comparison to when true tone is enabled and blue light is minimised.
Rating: 14 Votes
27 weeks ago
I am still trying to figure out what is all the hype about "dark mode". :eek:
Rating: 13 Votes
27 weeks ago
Now lose the Flat Design and give us back Intuitive Mode.
Lose the low contrast hard to read obsession and give back the feeling of It Just Works.
Rating: 11 Votes
27 weeks ago
Wow. Things that were white before are now black.

Amazing
Rating: 9 Votes
27 weeks ago
So what does private browsing look like in dark mode?
Rating: 5 Votes
27 weeks ago

The advantages of dark mode are so obvious that they should be impossible to miss.

Other than minute battery savings with OLED equipped devices, what is so obvious? Since you are so capable of identifying them, mind to show a list instead of giving an empty reply?
Rating: 5 Votes
27 weeks ago
Love it. Look forward to using it.

I hope this spurs more web developers to implement a dark mode option. A handful of websites I visit often have it, and I personally love it.

For those interested there is a chrome extension called DarkReader which does a smart convert on websites and it works beautifully. I no longer use chrome, or extensions for security purposes...I do miss it sometimes.
Rating: 5 Votes
27 weeks ago

Now lose the Flat Design and give us back Intuitive Mode.
Lose the low contrast hard to read obsession and give back the feeling of It Just Works.


Look I’m just happy the damn Music player isn’t a blinding WHITE. Now it’s black and red. Good lord it took them ages to do this.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 weeks ago
Looks awesome. Can’t wait to get the update.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 weeks ago
I like that there are variety of options to choose in how I want to use the Dark Mode and the samples shown do look pretty good.
Rating: 3 Votes

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