DarkTables augments iOS pop-up menus with dark mode features and more

While the Mac received an official dark mode option in macOS Mojave, iOS wasn’t so fortunate. You can use the Smart Invert feature on your iPhone to achieve a similar effect, but it’s not a real dark mode in the sense of what many would like to have.

Luckily, the jailbreak community conceived a plethora of dark mode-centric jailbreak tweaks in recent memory that can help, and a new free release called DarkTables by iOS developer dpkg_ is no exception.

Many jailbreak tweaks that have been made to simulate a dark mode-like experience on iOS focus primarily on apps and their user interfaces. DarkTables works in tandem with these types of tweaks to extend dark mode-esque features to more elements that comprise of the iOS user interface, such as UIAlertController-based pop-up menus.

In the screenshot examples above and below, you can see how DarkTables impacts your iPhone’s user interface:

Post-installation, you’ll find a preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure a few options:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle between dark mode or true black mode
  • Tap anywhere outside of a menu to dismiss it
  • Toggle dark headers and interfaces for pop-up menus
  • Make menus squarer by eliminating the rounded edges

The developer includes a respring button at the bottom of the preference pane so that you can save your changes.

We particularly enjoy the feature that lets you switch between dark more and true black mode because true black mode will look much better on OLED displays, such as what comes on the iPhone X, because they can switch off individual pixels to display pitch-black colors and save power as a result.

Because DarkTables primarily focuses on the various menus that you might find in iOS, we strongly recommend pairing it with system-wide dark mode tweaks like Eclipse or Noctis to experience the full dark mode effect everywhere else in iOS.

If you’re interested in trying DarkTables, then you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The tweak is compatible all jailbroken iOS 11 devices.

Have you tried DarkTables yet? Let us know what you think about the result in the comments section below.