Maximize battery life with ‘dark mode’ inverted colors and gray scale
Dark mode changes the background and many elements of various apps in iOS from light color shades to black and dark grey. When dark mode is enabled, it provides a reverse color scheme intended to improve readability. Normally text is black and backgrounds are white or light. In a reverse configuration, or with dark mode enabled, text is a lighter color than the background.
Is Night Shift the same as Dark Mode?
No. Night Shift adjusts the colour overall, while Dark Mode just changes some elements of the interface.
Dark Mode turns the menu bar and dock dark grey on your Mac and the text on those elements of the interface becomes white. It was introduced in OS X Yosemite back in 2014, and like Night Shift was designed to reduce eye strain. It isn’t possible to schedule this feature though.
Colour Filter on iPhone & iPad
There is a way to get a similar effect to Dark Mode on the iPad and iPhone now, however. iOS 10 introduced a range of Colour Filters in Accessibility. Colour Filters include GrayScale, which somewhat imitates Dark Mode (although it’s a bit extreme to lose all colour in iOS). You can also add Colour Filters which are fun to experiment with. Here’s how to access Colour Filters in iOS 10.
- Open Settings.
- Choose General > Accessibility > Display Accomodations > Colour Filters.
- Set Colour Filters to On.
How to turn on Low Light Filter in iOS
Here’s another option that may improve your viewing experience at night. Open the Settings app and go to General > Accessibility > Zoom and tap the slider next to Zoom so it turns green.
Now go back to the Home screen and do a triple-tap with three fingers to bring up the zoom menu. Tap Choose Filter. In the next screen (pictured below), tap Low Light. This will darken the screen and make it more suitable for low-light viewing.
How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.
2. Tap on Accessibility.
3. Next, you need to tap on Display Accommodations.
4. Now, tap on Invert Colors.
5. Next up, you have two options:
- Smart Invert: Once it’s activated, it reverses the colors of the display except for media, images. It also works with the apps that support dark color styles.
- Classic Invert: It allows you to simply reverse colors of the display. (It’s the one that’s existed for long.)
6. You have to toggle the switch next to Smart Invert.
How to assign Smart Invert Colors to a Home button shortcut
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Open Accessibility preferences.
3. At the bottom of the Accessibility preferences, tap Accessibility Shortcut.
4. Select Smart Invert Colors.
5. Triple-press the Home button and acknowledge the dialogue box.
From now on you should be able to triple-press the Home button to quickly toggle between the pseudo dark mode, and regular mode no matter where you are within iOS. This takes away much of the friction normally associated with enabling this accessibility feature, increasing the likelihood that you’ll actually use it day to day.