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How to enable dark mode in iOS 14 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

How to enable dark mode in iOS 14 for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

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How to turn on dark mode
Use Dark Mode all the time
Set Dark Mode to turn on automatically at the time of your choosing

How to turn on dark mode


Using Siri

The easiest way to turn on dark mode is to use Siri, the built-in voice assistant.  If Siri is enabled, just say “Hey Siri, turn on dark mode”.


From the Control Centre

  1. To open the Control Centre:
    • On iPhone X or newer and iPad: Swipe down from the top-right corner.
    • On iPhone 8 and older and iPod Touch: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Press and hold on the screen brightness slider to open the screen options.
  3. Select the Dark Mode button in the bottom-left.

You can also add a separate Dark Mode button to the Control Centre. To find out more about using Control Centre, see our article How to use the Control Centre in iOS 14.


From the Settings app

  1. Open the Settings app Note: The Settings app icon may appear in a different place on your home screen than shown in our example, below.
  2. In the Settings app, scroll down and select Display & Brightness from the list.
  3. On the Display & Brightness screen, select Dark in the appearance section.
  4. When you are happy with your settings, you can return to the home screen page of apps by:
    • On devices with Face ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • On all other devices:  Press the home button once.

Use Dark Mode all the time

  1. Open the Settings app Note: The Settings app icon may appear in a different place on your home screen than shown in our example, below.
  2. In the Settings app, scroll down and select Display & Brightness from the list.
  3. On the Display & Brightness screen, make sure Appearance is set to Dark.
  4. Set the toggle switch for Automatic to Off.
  5. When you are happy with your settings, you can return to the home screen page of apps by:
    • On devices with Face ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • On all other devices:  Press the home button once.

Set Dark Mode to turn on automatically at the time of your choosing

  1. Open the Settings app Note: The Settings app icon may appear in a different place on your home screen than shown in our example, below.
  2. In the Settings app, scroll down and select Display & Brightness from the list.
  3. On the Display & Brightness screen, set the toggle switch for Automatic to On.
  4. By default, Dark Mode will turn on at Sunset and Light Mode will turn on at Sunrise.
  5. To change this, select Options.
  6. On the Appearance Schedule screen, select Custom Schedule.
  7. Select Light Appearance and/or Dark Appearance and set a new time.
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  8. When you are happy with your settings, you can return to the home screen page of apps by:
    • On devices with Face ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • On all other devices:  Press the home button once.

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