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.

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  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.

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  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. 

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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. 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.