Apple iPhone 8 iOS 11 Dark Mode: How to activate Dark Mode feature on the new iPhone [Tutorials]

The release of iOS 11 offers more enhanced functions along with a number of cool features including the new iPhone Dark Mode, otherwise known as Smart Invert feature on your iPhone. It’s an iOS 11 feature that will change the usual look of your iPhone’s background and text except for pictures, media contents, and apps that utilize dark themes or color styles. When enabled, colors of images in certain apps will be inverted. You may have used it in iOS 10 but the new version appears to be better.

For those who are still new to iOS, interested on how their new iPhone 8 looks while in Dark Mode, and need some help in getting started, then this post will walk you through the entire process. Read on to learn more about how Dark Mode works when activated on your new iPhone 8, and how it affects other iOS apps, controls and components.

What’s the difference between Smart Invert Colors and Invert Colors in iOS 10?

One of the embedded features of the previous iOS 10 platform was the old Invert Colors feature. In iOS 11, it’s called Classic Invert. It works by reversing all the colors of your iPhone’s display. As a result, the icons look totally different and your images appear like negative photographs. Text and background color of the iPhone will also be reversed. Basically it shifts all colors to their opposite colors in the color wheel. Thus, white turns black, black turns white, and so forth.

You can try switching between Smart Invert Colors and Classic Invert Colors on your new iPhone to see the difference.

How to activate Dark Mode on your iPhone 8?

There different ways for you to access and turn on Dark Mode on your new iPhone device. You can use the Settings menu or through Accessibility Shortcuts.

To switch your iPhone display theme into Dark Mode, you need to enable Smart Invert Colors in the Settings menu. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap Display Accommodations.
  5. Tap Invert Colors.
  6. To enable or activate Smart Invert, tap the switch next to it. You will know if it’s already enabled when the switch appears green.

Once the changes on the settings are applied, you will see that your iPhone’s background theme turns black. If you wish to go back to the original or normal background, just tap the Smart Invert switch to turn the feature OFF. Your iPhone’s background or user interface will then switch back to its original or normal appearance.

Quicker way to activate and access Dark Mode feature on your iPhone 8

In iOS 11, you can access and activate Dark Mode or Smart Invert feature on your new iPhone by configuring the Accessibility preferences on your iPhone Settings menu. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen to launch the app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down to and then tap Accessibility Shortcut.
  5. Tap Smart Invert Colors.

Doing so will allow you to activate Smart Invert and put your iPhone in Dark Mode by triple-pressing the Home button. When Smart Invert is turned on Night Shift will automatically be disabled on your iPhone.

How to enable Dark Mode in Safari browser app on your iPhone 8?

You can also change how Safari browser looks on your new iPhone with a unique dark mode. Doing so will turn your browser into a dark reading mode for almost webpages loaded, as well as change your on-screen text to white on a black background. It’s definitely a great option for night-time website browsing.  

Should you wish to give it a try on your new iPhone 8, follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the Safari icon from your Home screen to open the Safari browser.
  2. From the Safari’s main screen, tap the reader mode icon. This icon is represented by four lines on the left side of your address bar.
  3. Tap the font icon (aA) that is located on the right side of the address bar. A menu screen showing a list of different font faces or styles will show up along with four circles on the upper portion.
  4. Select your preferred page background by tapping on any of the four circles on top.
  5. Tap to select a font style or font face you prefer to use on your Safari browser pages.

Once the new changes are applied, you will see that your Safari pages color is inverted.

What Dark Mode does to your iPhone 8?

When your iPhone 8 is in Dark Mode, you will notice that the standard iPhone Helvetica font will change into white instead of black.

Switching your iPhone background to Dark Mode can help lessen visual fatigue or eyestrain especially when staring at your phone screen for several hours during day time.

Unlike the previous dark mode features, the Smart Invert feature in iOS 11 does not affect the color or original appearance of images, videos, and some apps. Not only that you can have eye relief from using this mode but also enjoy an aesthetic user interface with your iPhone’s dark background. You can appreciate more of the Smart Invert cool effects when using your device at night time.

Aside from Safari, Dark Mode now made available for other iOS reading apps like iBooks and Kindle through the apps settings menu. This feature will change the said apps background to black and text to an off-white or light gray color. Even Apple Maps now has an official Dark Mode feature that works by detecting a dark environment with its ambient light sensor and then alters the color of the Maps accordingly.

And that covers everything in this tutorial! With just a few taps on the screen, you can already reverse your iPhone’s interface and experience the iOS 11 Dark Mode or Smart Invert feature.

Stay tuned for more iPhone 8 display settings guide to populate soon in our new dedicated troubleshooting pages for the new iPhones.

Or if you’re having some trouble using the iPhone 8 Dark Mode feature or other features of the new iOS smartphone, feel free to reach us and we’ll be glad to further assist you in finding the best possible solutions.

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