How to Unlock iOS 11’s Secret Dark Mode
With iOS 11 finally available for iPhone and iPad users, there’s tons of great new features Apple users can look forward to. Among those features is a new dark mode that works with Apple’s native apps. The feature does have some shortcomings, but it’s a step in the right direction.
How to Enable Dark Mode in iOS 11
To enable iOS 11’s dark mode, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors and toggle on Smart Invert.
With Smart Invert, Apple’s native apps will have a dark background, while all other icons and images on the screen will remain the same. This includes Apple’s Photos app, Messages, Music, Calendar, Mail, App Store, Safari, the iOS settings app, and Apple Maps (this is particularly useful if you happen to use Apple maps while driving.)
Native apps that already have a dark background, like the Apple Clock will remain the same.
While the dark screen is a welcome relief on the eyes, the major drawback to Smart Invert is that it only works with Apple apps. With Smart Invert turned on, non-Apple apps will have a black background, but all other colors on the screen will also be inverted.
Photos and videos will look like negatives and icon colors will be drastically changed. So for now, it doesn’t appear to be worth using for extended periods of time unless you know you’ll be spending that time in native Apple apps.
What do you think of Smart Invert? Will you use it even though it doesn’t work with third party apps? Which third party apps would you like to see in dark mode? Let us know in the comments.