Apple has always touted Safari for iOS as one of the best mobile web browsers in the market. However, many users often struggle to enable the ever-popular dark mode in Apple’s mobile web browser on their iOS devices.
So, in this short explainer, we have discussed how to enable dark mode in Safari on iPhones and iPads. Stick around till the end to learn everything about enabling dark mode for Safari on iOS.
Enable Dark Mode in Safari on iPhones and iPads
The Safari app on iOS is a system application that comes pre-installed with iOS on iPhones and iPads. Hence, much like other system applications on iOS, Safari is also set to replicate the universal theme of your iPhone or iPad.
This means that if you have the Dark theme set on your iOS or iPadOS device, dark mode will be automatically enabled in Safari.
Follow three simple steps right below to set your iPhone or iPad theme to Dark and enable dark mode in Safari:
Step 1. On your iPhone or iPad, launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Tap the Display & Brightness option.
Step 3. Tap the Dark option.
Note: If you have the Automatic toggle enabled as per a custom schedule or time of the day, the Dark theme will be applied as per the setting.
Alternatively, you can add the Dark theme toggle to the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad and easily toggle between Light and Dark themes on your iOS device from any screen. This can help you enable dark mode in Safari with just a swipe and a tap on your iPhone or iPad.
Follow the below steps to add the Dark theme toggle to the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad:
Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2. Go to the Control Center option.
Step 3. Make sure the toggle for Access Within Apps is enabled. This allows you to access the Control Center from any screen on your device.
Step 4. Next, scroll down to find the Dark Mode option on the list.
Step 5. Tap the + button beside Dark Mode to add the button to the Control Center.
Step 6. Now, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone or iPad to access the Control Center. On iPhone SE, 8, or earlier models that come without a notch, swipe up from the bottom to access the Control Center.
Step 7. Tap the Dark Mode button to enable the Dark theme on your iPhone or iPad, automatically enabling the dark mode in Safari.
So, this is how you can enable dark mode in Safari on iOS or iPadOS from Settings and from the Control Center.
Enable Dark Mode for Google and Other Websites in Safari for iOS
Now, enabling the dark mode in Safari might not be enough on your iPhone or iPad when you are viewing websites that need manual setting changes for showing content in dark mode. For instance, you will notice that the Google search page in Safari still shows content in light mode even after enabling the Dark theme on your iPhone or iPad.
In this case, you will need to manually set the dark mode on the websites, if they support the dark theme. If the website you are viewing does not support dark mode, enabling the dark mode in Safari will be useless.
Follow the steps below to manually set dark mode for websites in Safari for iOS or iPadOS:
Step 1. Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad and go to Google.com
Step 2. Tap the hamburger button at the top-left to open the website menu bar.
Step 3. Here, find the Dark theme option and tap to enable it.
Similarly, on other websites, find the website Menubar button and/ or look for the dark/ light theme button to manually enable dark mode in Safari websites.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does Safari support dark mode on iOS?
Yes, the Safari mobile web browser for iOS and iPadOS does support dark mode and it is automatically enabled when the device theme is set to Dark.
Why is Safari dark on my iPhone?
Enabling the dark mode in Safari for iOS or iPadOS turns the entire UI of the mobile web browser dark. However, websites that do not support dark mode continue to remain in light mode.
How to enable dark mode for all websites in Safari for iOS?
You can either manually set the dark mode in websites that support the feature in Safari for iOS or use the paid Safari extension Noir to enable dark mode for all websites in Safari for iOS.
Use Safari in Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad
So, there you have it! This was all about how you can enable dark mode in Safari on your iOS or iPadOS device. The dark mode in Safari is especially useful when browsing through websites at night or in a dimly lit area. It not only protects your eyes from being damaged but also saves a lot of power on your iOS or iPadOS device, extending the battery life of your iPhone or iPad in the process.
So, we hope this short explainer helped you understand everything about enabling Dark mode in Safari on your iPhone or iPhone. If it did, use the comments section below to let us know.