Your iPhone X has a dark interface mode that might save you some battery, here's how to turn it on

Your iPhone X has a dark interface mode that might save you some battery, here's how to turn it on

The iPhone X is Apple's first smartphone with an OLED display on board and just as any other OLED smartphone out there, it has the same scope of strengths and weaknesses: excellent contrast, vivid colors, but color inaccuracies when viewed at an angle and susceptibility to burn-in. And just as any other OLED display out there, the iPhone X is theoretically going to use less power when displaying dark images or content.

Now, if only the iPhone X had a dark theme to make use of that OLED display characteristic... Fortunately, it sort of has one, which is not exclusive to the phone but came along with a previous version of iOS and is actually available for all eligible iPhones.

Dubbed Smart Invert, it reverses the colors of all the predominantly white and bright interface without touching images, media, and already dark-themed apps. The result is a darker iOS interface that should theoretically introduce power-saving benefits, and that's always a good thing to have. 

So, how do you enable this Smart Invert mode? Read along to find out:


After you've completed the steps above, your iPhone's interface will certainly look pretty foreign to you. Disregard the occasional purple or orange toggles that will now be scattered everywhere in the interface and enjoy a darker take on iOS that should be going much easier on your iPhone X's battery, but don't expect great gains.

Here are a few screenshots that show Smart Invert in action:

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's called Invert not Dark Mode, clickbait moron.

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

It's the same though Dark mode sound better. There is invert mode on Android but it invert everything on the screen.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Did you read the artical? It says invert.

2. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

does has the pixel a true dark mode?

3. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Tried it, nice in some areas but unusable in others, making it virtually useless.

5. sechinov

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dark interface its cool !

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Smart invert is pretty bad and rendering correctly across apps. Tried it breifly and wasn't worth it when many pictures and websites got inverted as well. Typical Apple beta program.

7. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This feature is available on all iphones...not just iphone x.

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Read the artical before commenting. I notice people coment in the coment section of the title of the artical and not the contents.

8. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

No dark mode because it will cause uneven burn-ins which no manufacturer wants in their phones.

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What do you mean. Please explain why. I want a true dark mode for the phone

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