How to Change Messages to Dark Mode on iPhone? 3 Methods

If you want your messages to appear in a darkish mode, the following should teach you how to change your messages to dark mode on an iPhone. There are various ways to do it and the guide shows all of those ways for you.

Roger Smith Posted on: Oct. 15, 2019, Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2019

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iOS 13 brings a ton of new updates for iPhones. While a few updates are for the internal system of the phone, the other ones are related to the appearance of the device.

Dark Mode on iPhone iPad

Dark Mode on iPhone iPad

One of these appearance-affecting features you are going to find in iOS 13 is dark mode. As you can already guess by the name, dark mode allows you to turn the elements on your iPhone to a more darkish color.

This helps remove strain from your eyes and makes it easier for you to view the contents on your iPhone’s screen. You are going to like this mode for your messages as it will then be easier for you to read your messages in a darkish template. The following are some of the ways to change messages to dark mode on your iPhone.

Method 1. Turn on Dark Mode with Siri

The easiest way to enable the dark mode on your iPhone running iOS 13 is to use the voice assistance on your device. Siri lets you quickly enable and disable the dark mode with a single command on your device.

All you need to do is launch Siri and ask her the following: “Turn on dark mode”. It will quickly recognize the command and enable the dark mode on your iOS 13 running iPhone. You will instantly see the changes in the appearance of your device. Your messages will also turn dark making it easier for you to read them.

Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13 Using Siri

Enable Dark Mode in iOS 13 Using Siri

Method 2. Turn on Dark Mode via Control Center

If you are not a big fan of using Siri to do tasks on your iPhone, you can use the all time favorite Control Center to enable the dark mode on your device. The Control Center has a number of options letting you change your device’s functions and dark mode is one of them.

Enabling the dark mode with Control Center only requires a single tap on an option. Then when you have finished using the mode and you want to revert back to the light mode, you can use the same panel and tap on an option to do so.

Step 1. Swipe downwards from the top-right corner of your iPhone’s screen to launch Control Center.

Step 2. When the Control Center opens, tap and hold down on the brightness icon. It is to trigger another menu on your screen.

Step 3. On the following screen, you will find three options at the bottom. Tap on the one that says Appearance: Light and it will turn on the dark mode on your iPhone.

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone from Control Center

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone from Control Center

The option will immediately change to say Appearance: Dark as the dark mode is now enabled on your device. When you want to switch back to the light mode, simply tap on this option and it will disable the dark mode on your device.

Method 3. Turn on Dark Mode via the Settings App

There are a number of users out there who prefer using the Settings app to do many of their tasks on their iPhones. If you are one of those users and the Settings app is your go-to solution for all of your needs, this section will teach you how to change your messages to dark mode using your favorite app. Keep in mind that enabling the dark mode gives a darkish appearance to your entire iPhone and not just the Messages app.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the springboard on your iPhone.

Step 2. When the app launches, find the option that says Display & Brightness and tap on it to open it.

Step 3. On the following screen, you will find two options at the top of your screen. The first one says Light and the second one says Dark. Tap on the second one saying Dark to enable the dark mode on your iPhone.

Enable Dark Mode from the Settings App in iOS 13

Enable Dark Mode from the Settings App in iOS 13

Your messages and your entire iPhone experience will turn darkish. An interesting option you will find in this menu is automatic toggling of the dark mode. This allows your iPhone to automatically switch to the dark mode between sunset and sunrise times. If you want it, you can enable the option on your screen.

Bonus Tip: How to Disable Dark Mode in iOS 13

Disabling the iOS 13 dark mode is as easy as enabling it on an iPhone. All you need to do is access an option on your device and turn it off. It will then disable the dark mode systemwide on your iPhone. The following shows how you can go about disabling dark mode for messages and for all other elements in iOS 13 running iPhone.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on the option that says Display & Brightness to manage your display settings.

Step 3. Tap on the option that says Light at the top to switch to the light mode on your iPhone.

Disable Dark Mode in iOS 13 from the Settings App

Disable Dark Mode in iOS 13 from the Settings App

The dark mode should now be disabled on your iPhone and everything should be lighter on your device. If you ever want, you can turn the mode on from the same settings menu.

The Bottom Line

If you are wondering “how to change my messages to dark mode”, the above guide should help you enable the dark mode for your messages. Enabling and disabling dark mode is pretty easy as you can see in the above guide.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.