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How to Turn Off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad 2021

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What to Know

Ask Siri to switch off Dark Mode by saying, "Hey Siri, turn off Dark Mode."Swipe down diagonally to open Control Center. Hold your finger down on the Brightness indicator. Tap Dark Mode On to turn it off.Tap Settings > Display & Brightness > Light. Select Automatic to have it switch off automatically.

This article covers three ways to turn Dark Mode off on iPhone and iPad and set Dark Mode, so it switches off automatically. These instructions apply to both iPhone and iPad with screenshots depicting the iPhone 11's screen. 

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad Using Siri

Siri is the simplest way to switch Dark Mode off on your iPhone or iPad. If you want to know how to turn off the black background on iPhone, this is the quickest way. Here's what to do.

You'll need to have Siri enabled on your iPhone or iPad to follow these steps. 

Near your iPhone or iPad, say 'Hey Siri' followed by either 'turn off Dark Mode' or 'turn off Dark Appearance,' or 'switch off Dark Mode.'

Siri will now respond in the affirmative and switch off Dark Mode for you. 

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad Using Control Center

If you'd prefer to turn off Dark Mode via a more hands-on method, then using Control Center is the way to go. Here's what to do to switch off Dark Mode in this way. 

Swipe down diagonally from the upper-right corner of your iPhone or iPad's display to open Control Center.

Hold your finger down on the Brightness indicator.

Tap Dark Mode On to toggle it to Dark Mode Off.

Tap on a blank part of the screen to return to the Control Center.

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad Using Settings

It's also possible to switch off Dark Mode via the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. It takes a few more steps to complete than the previous methods, but it's also potentially the easiest method to remember how to follow. Here's what to do.

Tap Settings.

Tap Display & Brightness.

Tap Light to switch off Dark Mode.

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad Automatically 

If you'd prefer to switch between Light and Dark Mode automatically throughout the day, such as when evening comes, and your eyes may feel the strain of looking at a screen, it's simple to make Dark Mode switch on or off automatically based on the time of day. Here's what to do.

Tap Settings.

Tap Display & Brightness.

Tap Automatic.

Dark Mode will now automatically activate when the sun sets but otherwise remain switched off throughout the day.

Tap Options > Custom Schedule to change when Dark Mode is turned on or off. 

Why Should I Switch off Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad? 

Dark Mode works best during the evenings and nighttime. That's because it inverts the color scheme of your iPhone or iPad, meaning you see a dark background and white text. It can be hard to see clearly in the daytime, meaning it's a good idea to switch Dark Mode off during this time. 

All Apple native apps support Dark Mode and Light Mode but not all third-party apps meaning sometimes you'll constantly get the Light Mode experience anyhow. The best option to avoid eye strain is to have brightness controlled automatically so that your iPhone or iPad adjusts as the day goes by. 

How to Turn On Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad