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While iOS 11 brings a bunch of amazing new features, there’s still one feature that many users have been anticipating: A true dark mode that switches the color of interfaces from a light theme to a dark theme, thereby reducing the strain on your eyes when using your iPhone in dark environments.
iOS 11 brings this feature, to a limited extent, with a new option known as ‘Smart Invert‘. It’s the closest thing to dark mode, but it’s not quite there yet. Smart Invert is an improvised version of the old “Invert Colors” feature present in iOS 10. It is an Accessibility feature that reverses the color of interfaces for users with vision impairments.
The main difference between Smart Invert and the old “Invert Colors” feature is that the former is smart enough to avoid reversing the color of images and media, as well as the color of interfaces that are already dark, such as the Clock app. When you enable Smart Invert, it mimics the functionality of dark mode by changing the color of interfaces to a darker shade. If you’ve been striving for a dark mode feature in iOS 11, then Smart Invert is the closest thing to fulfill your needs. Here’s how you can enable Smart Invert in iOS 11.
How to Enable Smart Invert in iOS 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Go to General > Accessibility.
Step 3: Tap on Display Accommodations.
Step 4: Next, tap on Invert Colors.
Step 5: Toggle on Smart Invert. You’ll also find another toggle named Classic Invert which works like the old Invert Colors feature.
Now when you open certain apps, you’ll notice that a dark theme has been applied to their interface, which mimics the functionality of dark mode. Some stock apps such as Settings and the Phone app look pretty good with Smart Invert enabled, though it doesn’t go well with other apps such as Safari where the color of images are also inverted. The Home screen also appears half-baked.
The addition of Smart Invert could be a hint that Apple is working to bring an official dark mode functionality to iOS 11, possibly with the introduction of iPhone 8 later this year – and a dark mode would look quite good with the OLED screen that the iPhone 8 is expected to use.
While Smart Invert doesn’t work well with certain apps, things could change when iOS 11 is officially released to the public later this year. After all, iOS 11 is currently in beta and Apple will be fixing as many issues and bugs before releasing it to the public.
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