Most of the big names in smartphone manufacturing have the option to switch to dark mode built into their operating systems, and apps are increasingly being updated to also include this display option.

Dark mode is hailed for its battery-saving properties and for its ability to reduce eyestrain. Both these benefits are useful to smartphone users, who now spend more time than ever glued to their devices.

iOS 13 brought iPhone users the ability to switch their display between dark and light mode, but not many iPhone enthusiasts know how that they can tweak this setting, so you don’t need to toggle between modes every day.

Here’s how to change your settings so your iPhone automatically switches to dark mode at specific times.

First, take note that your Apple device will need to be running iOS 13 or later. You can check your update version by opening Settings > General > About. If you are running an earlier version of iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update, to download the latest version of iOS.

To toggle automatic switching to dark mode, head to your device’s settings, and scroll to “Display & Brightness”. Tap on “Automatic”, which can be found under “Appearance”. Tap on the “Options” button to set up a unique Appearance Schedule. You will now be able to set up a custom schedule, or to turn on dark mode at sunset.

With their version of dark mode in iOS 13, Apple is acting in line with the trend of including a darker display option for consumers – Android, Microsoft and Google all introduced dark mode options in 2019. Experts believe that switching to dark mode aids the readability of text, reduces the strain on our eyes and reduces screen glare and blue light, which all have a hand in disrupting our sleep patterns.

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