Changing the colors on the display, as regards Apple devices, is certainly not a novelty: from iOS 8 onwards it was possible to customize gray scales and various filters, allowing the user to better manage the visibility of the screen.

As for iOS 11 and iOS 12, a dark mode is finally available, even if it is not what many expected: in fact it is the Smart Color Inversion, which is a feature that allows you to invert the colors on the iPhone display similar to the Color Inversion mode.

Compared to the past, however, the Smart Color Inversion mode will not completely reverse the colors on the display: in fact, it will work exclusively on apps that use light-colored chromatic styles.

Dark mode, or better Inversion smart colors, and its effects on the screen

Inversion smart colors is more advantageous on iPhone X, XS and XS Max, as they are devices with OLED display and not LCD. Unlike the latter technology, OLED panels simply switch off the parts of the display that show the real blacks, which is also a significant advantage in terms of battery life.

How to activate/deactivate the mode quickly

Although Smart Color Reverse might like you, it is very likely that you need to activate and deactivate it quite often depending on the apps you use. In this case it is good to create a link to make the operation practically immediate.

You can do this using the shortcut button Home with a triple twist on it or a classic shortcut. To get these results you must:

  • go to the Control Center
  • select Settings – General – Accessibility – Accessibility
  • at this point it opts for Invert colors

Now, every time you triple-click the Home or Side button, you’ll get a menu to activate Smart Color Inversion.

Alternatively you can:

  • go to the Control Center
  • select Settings – Control Center – Customize Control
  • choose Accessibility Shortcuts and Add

Now just long press the icon in the Control Center to display the menu where you can enable and disable Smart Color Inversion.

But actually Inversion smart colors is not a real dark mode: in any case, waiting (hopefully not vain) that Apple includes in the next operating systems this graphic mode, it is the most similar solution available.


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