How to enable Dark Mode and other user interface themes in Wikipedia for iPhone

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme iphone iPad

Many developers are seeing sense in adding dark themes to their warez. Not only do darkened interfaces look stunning, they also help conserve power on iPhones that utilize OLED technology. Having previously explained using black themes in desktop and mobile apps like iMazing, Bear,, Mail, YouTube, Apollo and others, this step-by-step tutorial will now teach you to turn on Wikipedia Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad.

How to enable Wikipedia Dark Mode

Follow the steps below to activate Wikipedia Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad.

1) Open Wikipedia for iOS on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap the Explore tab at the bottom.

3) Hit the cog wheel icon in the top-right corner to pull up settings.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme open settings iPhone

4) Choose Reading Preferences from the list.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme reading preferences iPhone

5) Now pick a desired look.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme settings reading themes black selected iPhone

Choose among the following themes listed underneath the Reading Themes heading.

  • Default: Uses the white theme, enabled by default.
  • Sepia: Switches to a reddish-brown scheme like an old photo.
  • Dark: Toggles on a darkened interface.
  • Black: Switches to a pure black interface.

Read Wikipedia your way by choosing between the sepia, dark, black and white looks.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme example Face ID article iPhone

The app includes an image-dimming option which decreases the opacity of images on the Dark and Black themes, making browsing Wikipedia more pleasurable.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme dim images option selected iPhone

Enable this so images don’t look as harsh when scrolling through Wikipedia entries.

To let you read in full comfort, Wikipedia includes a handy shortcut for changing theme on-the-fly. Tap the “Aa“ button in the tab area at the bottom to access your appearance controls where you can pick a different theme, adjust your text size and increase or decrease brightness.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme appearance controls iPhone

Appearance controls lets you access themes on-the-fly.

Do you browse Wikipedia or read entries mainly in low-light environments, or at night? If so, you’re recommended to use Dark or, better yet, Black theme—your eyes will thank you.

TUTORIAL: How to cycle between Light and Dark Mode on Mac

And that, boys and girls, is how you turn on Wikipedia Dark Mode.

Things to know about Dark Mode

Dark Mode is the commonly-accepted phrase that’s mainly used in the technology industry to refer to any user interface theme with predominantly darkened, dark or black elements which combined form a dramatic environment where images and videos “pop”.

Dark Mode in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro had a cool dark look years before Dark Mode would become a thing

Dark themes are very popular with creative pros, such as video editors, photographers, designers and so forth. Indeed, glancing at Apple’s pro apps like Final Cut tells you the company’s gone out of its way to create a darkened work environment.

Creative pros prefer a dark UI because it’s way easier on the eyes, especially at night.

Bear notes app mac black theme dark mode

Bear’s note-taking app for Mac supports Mojave’s Dark Mode

With macOS Mojave 10.14, Apple is mainstreaming a dark user interface theme and bringing it to the masses who use Mac computers. What Mojave does is bring a system-wide Dark Mode to many of Apple’s stock apps, such as Photos, Notes, Mail, Messages, Calendar and more. Furthermore, Apple is providing an appropriate API to third-party developers who wish to implement darker interfaces in their apps in an officially sanctioned way.

On iOS, Apple is yet to introduce a true Dark Mode.

Dark Mode in iMazing for Mac

iMazing is one of the first apps to implement Dark Mode using Apple’s APIs

iOS 11 brought an accessibility feature, called Smart Invert, that attempts to create a darkened environment automatically with no effort on the developer’s part, but is fairly limited. iOS 12 hasn’t advanced Smart Invert nor has it brought a system-wide Dark Mode like with Mojave.

Why Dark Mode conserves power on OLEDs

We have no doubt in our mind that Dark Mode will eventually come to iOS simply because it makes a bunch of sense on OLED devices like iPhone X.

Wikipedia for iPad with iOS 11's Smart Invert accessibility feature turned on

Apps like Twitter and Twitterrific support iOS 11’s Smart Invert with mixed results

This’ll probably happen next year with iOS 13 or in 2020 with iOS 14: by then, the iPhone family will have most likely transitioned to an OLED-only lineup. OLEDs, currently used on iPhone X, do not require a power-hungry backlight module like LCD screens do.

TUTORIAL: How to replicate Dark Mode on iOS with Smart Invert

With OLED panels, pixels are lit up individually. If a pixel is black, it’s not consuming any power. Because of these power-sipping characteristics, an OLED screen rendering a mostly black or darkened user interface will conserver more power over a predominantly white user interface.

iOS 11's Settings app with simulated dark mode via the Smart Invert option

The assistive feature Smart Invert is the closest thing to a system-wideDark Mode on iOS

App Store curates a list of third-party iOS apps that come with a custom black or dark theme.

Wikipedia Dark Mode black theme iphone

Do yourself a favor and check out the list “Does This App Come in Black?” and see for yourself if some of the most popular iOS apps come with a Dark Mode-like theme.

This curated list is viewable on both the web and in App Store.

Need help? Ask iDB!

Do you like this how-to?

If so, do pass it along to your support folks and leave a comment below.

Got stuck? Not sure how to do certain things on your Apple device? Let us know via and a future tutorial might provide a solution.

Submit your own how-to suggestions via