Use Dark Mode in iOS 12

Edited by Jay

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Although an official Dark Mode isn't available on iPhone just yet, devices running iOS 11 or higher have the option to use Smart Invert, which inverts most lighter color screens to the opposite. Similar to Classic Invert, the new accessibility feature only inverts specific colors, rather than fully reversing them all. For example; most images, media, and dark areas of apps remain the same. The option is more intuitive and attempts to leave some colors uninverted, as to not distort the viewable content or system settings.

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Another way to darken the display, or rather, emulate dark mode, is to use Reader view while browsing with Safari. Of course, only sites that support Reader view will have the option, and the feature is for Safari only. That said, it works excellent when browsing in lower light environments, or when you want to turn those bright colors down!

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For the following article, we used an iPhone running iOS 12.2.

Enable Smart Invert in iOS 11 and 12

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  1. 1
    Open the Settings app.
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  2. 2
    Tap General.
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  3. 3
    Tap Accessibility.
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  4. 4
    Tap Display Accomodations.
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  5. 5
    Tap Invert Colors.
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  6. 6
    Tap Smart Invert.
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    That's it
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    Your device will diaply most light colors as darker.
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Enable Reader View on iPhone or iPad

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  1. 1
    Open Safari.
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  2. 2
    Navigate to a website that supports Reader view
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    Tap the menu icon (4 horizontal lines) in the left side of the address bar.
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  3. 3
    Tap the aA icon in the right side of the address bar, then tap the darkest color.
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  4. 4
    With the darker color selected, tap the back button to close Reader view's options.
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  5. 5
    You're all set
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    You can now view supported sites in Dark Mode!.
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