How to Turn on Dark Mode in iOS 11 on iPhone

A heavily requested feature for iOS 11 was Dark Mode. Dark Mode essentially turns white space black while leaving media, photos, and content the same. However, we did not get an official Dark Mode in iOS 11. But the next best thing is pretty darn fantastic. Inverting colors on iPhone in the past meant distorting the look of photos and content as well. But iOS 11 introduces Smart Invert, which is (almost) as good of a Dark Mode as we need. Here’s how to turn on Dark Mode in iOS 11 on iPhone.

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How to Turn on ‘Dark Mode’ (Smart Invert)

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select General.
  • Tap Accessibility.
  • Select Display Accommodations.
  • Tap Invert Colors.

  • Toggle on Smart Invert.

Unfortunately, in some apps, the Smart Invert doesn't work very well. For example, in YouTube and Instagram, the colors of videos and pictures were inverted too. However, on Facebook, the media, photos, and content all appeared normal—so it works in some third-party apps and in all Apple apps. I expect this will improve as time goes on.

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