How To Schedule Dark Mode on Your iPhone & iPad

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Dark Mode is Apple's new feature that offers a muted, eye-strain-reducing color scheme; it's especially helpful for low-light environments. If you'd like to schedule Dark Mode so that it turns on and off automatically at sunset and sunrise or at customized times, it's possible on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Let's get started learning how to schedule Dark Mode on your device.

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How to Set Dark Mode to Turn On & Off Automatically:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.

    iphone settings appdisplay and brightness settings
  3. Toggle on Automatic.
  4. Tap Options, then tap the schedule you'd like for Dark Mode.
  5. You can choose a Sunset to Sunrise schedule, or opt to create a Custom Schedule.

    turn on dark modechoose dark mode settings
  6. If you'd like to make a Custom Schedule, tap Dark Appearance to set the time you'd like it to turn on.
  7. Tap Light Appearance to set the time for when you'd like Dark Mode to turn off. 

    set dark mode times

Pro tip: You can switch to Dark Mode on your Mac too!

Now, your device will automatically switch Dark Mode on and off at the times you've specified. You can always go back and adjust the schedule later if need be. Read this to master the brightness settings on your iPhone

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.