The most noticeable new feature with iOS 13 has been its dark theme, which paints a darker shade across the interface and in many apps. It's a clear difference from the bright white screens that have dominated iOS for years and it's something that people have wanted for a long time.
You can switch between themes manually via the Control Center or by diving into the Settings app whenever you want to change it, but thankfully, Apple has provided a way for the phone to automatically switch between light and dark depending on the time of day or the sunset and the sunrise. This way, you can have a lighter theme during the day when you are in brightly lit areas and then a lighter eye-dark theme for evening and night use.
Automatic switching is easy to set up, although Apple does not ask you to do so when you first install iOS 13 or set up a new phone. To automatically change the themes for your iPhone:
- Make sure your device is running iOS 13 or later (Settings> General> Software Update on an iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2 or later)
- Open the Settings app and navigate to Display & Brightness
- To change the automatic setting during Appearance
- Press the Option button to set Appearance Schedule
- Select either Sunset to Sunrise, which uses the phone's location to change between light and dark appearance when the sun goes down, or set your own custom schedule
- That's it, now your phone will automatically change appearance based on your schedule or solar cycles.
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