7 tips to get your iPhone out of Dark Mode

Fix iPhone stuck on the Dark Mode with these 7 solutions!

Have you been struggling to turn off Dark Mode on your iPhone? While this feature can be great for reducing eye strain in low-light environments, you might want to turn to the Light Mode in other settings.

7 tips to get your iPhone out of Dark Mode

There can be various factors that prevent you from disabling the Dark Mode. Whether you're experiencing glitches, conflicting settings, or can't seem to find the proper fix, we've got you covered.

In this blog post, we'll walk you through each step so you can find the solution that works for you. So, if you're ready to say goodbye to Dark Mode, let's get started.

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Turn off Dark Mode from the Control Center

If you tried to disable the Dark Mode in the Settings app and it didn't work, try to do that from the Control Center. It's also a faster way to switch between the Light and Dark modes.

To disable the Dark Mode from the Control Center, follow the steps below:

1. If you have a Dark Mode button added to the Control Center, skip to step 5.
2. Open the Settings app and go to "Control Center".

Tap Control Center

3. Scroll down and look for "Dark Mode".
4. Tap on the + icon to add it to the Control Center.

Add Dark Mode to Control Center

5. On iPhones with Face ID, swipe down from the top right corner.
On iPhones with the Home button, swipe up from the middle bottom.
6. Locate the Dark Mode button and tap on it to turn it off.

Disable Dark Mode

You can also switch between Dark and Light modes through the Brightness slider in the Control Center. All you need to do is tap and hold it until you see additional options appear. One of them will be the Dark Mode button.

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Force restart the system

A force restart deals with small glitches and bugs that can affect features such as Dark Mode.

To force-restart your iPhone for iOS 16 and later, follow the steps below:

1. Quickly press the Volume Up button on your iPhone's left side.
2. Then, quickly press the Volume Down button.
3. Press the Side button until you see the Apple logo.
4. Release the Side button and wait for the iPhone to load.

To force-restart an iPhone with an older iOS, go here.

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Disable or delete the Dark Mode filter

If you have a Focus Mode turned on, check if the Dark Mode is not linked to it. If it is, turn off or delete it from the Focus. Otherwise, you won't be able to change your iPhone appearance to Light.

To delete the Dark Mode filter, follow the steps below:

1. Open Settings and go to "Focus".

Go to Focus

2. Select the Focus Mode you want to edit.

Select the Focus Mode

3. Scroll down to the bottom and, under "Focus Filters", tap on "Dark Mode".

Under Focus Filters, tap on Dark Mode

4. Turn off the filter by toggling off "Enabled" or tap on "Delete Filter".

Disable Dark Mode filter

Delete Dark Mode filter

Or you can disable the Focus Mode entirely.

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Disable automatic Dark Mode switching

The automatic Dark Mode switching changes your iPhone display from black to white depending on the local sunset and sunrise times.

Check if you don't have this option enabled. If it doesn't suit you, turn it off and change the appearance manually.

To turn off automatic Dark Mode switching, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the iPhone Settings app,
2. Tap on "Display & Brightness".

Tap Display & Brightness

3. Turn off "Automatic".

Disable Automatic

If you want to keep the automatic switching, but the Dark Mode schedule doesn't fit yours, change the time depending on your preferences.

To schedule Dark Mode, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the iPhone Settings app,
2. Tap on "Display & Brightness".

Tap Display & Brightness

3. Leave "Automatic" on and tap "Options".

Tap Options

4. Select "Custom Schedule" and choose a time for Light and Dark modes.

Edit schedule

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Check Accessibility settings

Make sure the Smart Invert and Classic Invert options are not turned on in the Accessibility settings. If they are, it might look like the Dark Mode feature is stuck.

To check and change the accessibility settings, follow the steps below:

1. Open Settings and go to "Accessibility".

Tap Accessibility

2. Tap "Display & Text Size".

Tap Display & Text Size

3. Scroll down and disable "Smart Invert" and "Classic Invert".

Disable Smart Invert and Classic Invert

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Update your iPhone operating system

Nothing helped up to this point? Check for an iOS update. If a problem is due to software errors, an update should fix them.

To update your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. In the Settings app, go to "General" settings.

Tap General

2. Tap "Software Update".
3. If an update is available, tap on "Update Now".

Update iOS

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Reset all device settings

If an update is unavailable or doesn't fix the issue, reset all device settings. This reset will set all settings to default and disconnect from your networks, Bluetooth devices, etc.

If there are settings interfering with one another that prevent you from turning off the Dark Mode, the reset will solve this problem.

To reset all iPhone settings, follow the steps below:

1. In the iPhone settings, go to "General".

Tap General

2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on "Transfer or Reset iPhone".

Transfer or Reset iPhone

3. Tap "Reset" and select "Reset All Settings".

Reset All Settings

4. Enter the passcode and confirm the action.

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Let us know which steps helped you get out of the Dark Mode in the comment section! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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