Apple gave us the ability to invert the colors on the screen a long time ago. Then they gave us the grayscale mode in iOS 8, Night Shift in iOS 9 and the red screen filter in iOS 10. While the highly anticipated "dark mode" has yet to materialize, iOS 11 and iOS 12 have both a good placeholder for you can use on your iPhone.
Although it's not exactly the dark mode we wanted, there's an option in iOS 11 and iOS 12 to enable "Smart Invert" that reverses the colors of the iPhone display, just like it did "Classic Invert" for all these years. But this special new inverted mode will not reverse everything. In particular, it will not invert images, media and some apps that already use dark color styles, to mention the settings.
The importance of dark mode, even as Smart Invert, is more advantageous on iPhone X, XS, is XS Max, who have all the OLED panels instead of the LCDs. Unlike the latter, the OLED panels simply turn off the parts of the display that show the real blacks, which is a serious advantage when it comes to battery life.
To access this new inverted mode, go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> View Housing -> Invert Colors, and then activate "Smart Invert" from the menu. That's all.
The differences between Smart and Classic Invert are small. For example, the Maps app looks the same with both, while the Home screen with Invert enabled appears the same as that with no inverted view.
In the Photos app, you can see that the user interface has become black in both cases, but Smart Invert has not interfered with images or videos, which makes it much more useful for those of us who want a mode dark.
How to activate / deactivate this setting quickly
If you really like this new Smart Invert option, you'd like to turn it on and off a bit. If this is the case, we recommend setting up an Accessibility link. You can do it using the triple-click on the Home button shortcut on the iPhone with a Home button, the shortcut key by double-clicking the side button on iPhone X and later or add the Accessibility shortcut icon in the Control Center .
In either case, whether you're doing the triple-click shortcut or the Control Center link, go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Accessibility, then select "Invert Smart Colors". Now, every time you triple-click the Home or Side button, you'll get a menu to activate Smart Invert from, as you can see below.
To use the link to Control Center, go to Settings -> Control Center -> Customize Controls, then add the "Accessibility Links" command to the To include list. Then, just long press or 3D Touch on the icon in the Control Center to display the menu where you can enable and disable Smart Invert.
I hope this is just the forerunner of the true dark mode that will one day appear. But since we already have three iPhone models with OLED panels and Apple has not yet included an official dark mode, Smart Invert is likely to be the best we'll ever have.
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