The most eye catching new feature with iOS 13 has been its dark theme, which paints a darker hue across the iPhone screen and in many apps. It’s a well-focused difference from the bright white screens that have dominated iOS for years and it’s something that people have been expecting for a long time.
You are able to swap between the themes manually through Control Center or by selecting the Settings app each time you want to change it, instead Apple has provided a way for the phone to automatically swap between light and dark depending on the time of day or sunset and sunrise cycles.
This way, you can have a lighter theme during the day when you’re in brightly lit areas and then an easier-on-the-eyes dark theme for the evening and night time use.
Setting up automatic switching is easy, though Apple doesn’t prompt you to do it when you first install iOS 13 or set up a new phone. You can get your iPhone to automatically change themes here is how to do it:
- Confirm that your device is running iOS 13 or later (Settings > General > Software update on an iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, or newer)
- Click on the Settings app and navigate to Display & Brightness
- Swap the Automatic setting under Appearance
- click the Options button to set the Appearance Schedule
- You can select your own custom schedule or you can select Sunset to Sunrise, which uses your phone’s location to change between light and dark appearance when the sun goes down.
- That’s it, now your phone will automatically switch its appearance based on the customized schedule or the solar cycles.