One of the features I use non-stop on both my iPhone and iPad is Dark Mode. It’s something I wanted Apple to incorporate into its platform for eons after enjoying a multitude of jailbreak tweaks that unofficially provided the capability for so many years. That wish was granted in iOS & iPadOS 13, and it continues to be a popular feature even in iOS & iPadOS 14.
Now that we’ve enjoyed Dark Mode out of the box on the iOS and iPadOS platforms for a couple of years, it’s only natural that the jailbreak community has developed different ways of augmenting how we use and interact with it. Whether or not you’ve been following along for all that time, this piece will briefly summarize what we think are some of the best jailbreak tweaks for upgrading the Dark Mode user experience on iOS 14.
We could go on and on about how great we think Dark Mode is, but if you’re ready to learn about the seemingly unlimited ways that you can enhance this feature on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14, then you’ll be excited to know that we’ve got a ton of jailbreak tweak recommendations for you.
The best jailbreak tweaks for Dark Mode on iOS 14
Eclipse Dark Mode Colors (iOS 13+) – FREE
Eclipse used to be one of the best options for bringing Dark Mode support to your jailbroken device pre-iOS & iPadOS 13. After it became a native feature in Apple’s mobile operating systems, Eclipse evolved into more of a Dark Mode customization platform to provide different color options. That’s where Eclipse Dark Mode Colors (iOS 13+) would come into play.
With Eclipse Dark Mode Colors (iOS 13+), users can change the color used by iOS or iPadOS 14 for app user interfaces when Dark Mode is turned on. Want a darker and more OLED-friendly system Dark Mode aesthetic? No problem. Want a different color altogether? This tweak can help you with that too.
You can learn more about Eclipse Dark Mode Colors (iOS 13+) and what it can do for you in our full review post.
AirPopupConnect – FREE
After bringing Dark Mode to the iOS platform, one of the user interface elements that Apple seemingly forgot to darken was the AirPods (and other M1-equipped headphone device) pop-up.
AirPopupConnect is a free jailbreak tweak that fixes Apple’s unfortunate oversight in the aforementioned department. Not only does it provide a Dark Mode for this particular interface, but it brings other options for customizing it, including another way to dismiss the interface.
You can learn more about AirPopupConnect and how it works in our full review post.
FloatingDarkMode – FREE
Sometimes you want a faster way to switch between Dark Mode and Light Mode, depending on the interface you’re viewing, and while Control Center is somewhat convenient, it’s not always there like a floating toggle button would be.
That’s the idea behind FloatingDarkMode, a simple jailbreak tweak that provides the end user with a floating Dark Mode toggle button so that they can switch between mode on demand from literally anywhere without summoning any other interfaces.
You can learn everything there is to know about FloatingDarkMode in our full review post.
Ayedapt – $2.99
We knew after the introduction of Dark Mode on the iOS and iPadOS platforms that it would only be a matter of time before someone would come out with a solution for some of those Dark Mode-unfriendly app icons that appear before your eyes on the Home Screen.
Ayedapt is a jailbreak tweak/SnowBoard theme all-in-one that automatically darkens certain app icons when Dark Mode is turned on and brightens them back up again when Light Mode is turned on.
Everything you need to know about Ayedapt and how it works can be found in our full review post.
WebShade – FREE
We couldn’t talk about Dark Mode without giving WebShade a mention. Although we already showed it to you in our roundup composed of the best jailbreak tweaks for web browsing on iOS 14, it also seemed to fit this list particularly well, as it’s Dark Mode-oriented.
In a nutshell, WebShade enables Dark Mode for most websites that are viewed in the Safari app – something that iOS & iPadOS 14 can’t do out of the box (yet). This is a serious eye-saver, especially when you’re trying to browse the web in complete darkness.
You can find out more about how WebShade works in our full review post.
DarkSwitch – FREE
A lot can be said about the types of people who use Dark Mode, and in most circumstances, they’re using it to reduce the amount of light being shined from the display and into their eyeballs. In many cases, these same users prefer lower display brightness levels than those who use Light Mode and higher display brightness levels.
Given the sentiment above, DarkSwitch is a rather brilliant tweak that changes your handset’s Dark Mode/Light Mode setting based on the display brightness of your handset at any given time. You can choose the threshold yourself, but when passing that threshold one way or the other, your handset automatically switches between Dark Mode and Light Mode.
You can learn all about how DarkSwitch works and why it’s a great upgrade for Dark Mode on iOS 14 in our full review post.
Dark Keys Reborn – FREE
Your iPhone or iPad has a native Dark Mode-compliant keyboard interface, but it really leaves a lot to be desired.
Dark Keys Reborn is a no-nonsense jailbreak tweak that simply makes the keyboard darker when you have Dark Mode enabled. Just look at the before (left) and after (right) screenshots above to see for yourself.
You can learn more about Dark Keys Reborn and why it’s a nice add-on for Dark Mode on iOS 14 in our full review post.
YTSystemAppearance – FREE
Most of your iPhone and iPad apps will automatically comply with the system Dark Mode setting, but some of Google’s apps seem to be a little bit finnicky. This includes the YouTube app.
Users can switch to Dark Mode manually in the YouTube app, but it feels like a needless waste of effort. A free jailbreak tweak called YTSystemAppearance forces the YouTube app to switch between Dark Mode and Light Mode automatically, based on your system setting.
You can learn more about YTSystemAppearance in our full review post.
Dawn – FREE
Are there certain elements of iOS or iPadOS that you prefer in Dark Mode, with others looking better in Light Mode? If so, then a free jailbreak tweak called Dawn could be for you.
Dawn simply lets users mix and match Dark Mode and Light Mode-esque features. For example, you could have light banners and folders while enjoying a dark Dock and wallpaper, among other things. What appears dark or light is completely dependent on how you configure the tweak.
You can learn more about Dawn and how it works in our full review post.
Edictus – FREE
Some of iOS’ default wallpapers come with a dynamic Dark Mode/Light Mode feature that changes based on the system mode you use. Unfortunately, most of the images you save from the internet or take with your own camera don’t do the same thing.
Edictus is a free app for jailbroken devices that lets you create dynamic Dark Mode/Light Mode wallpapers out of any images you wish. With it, your device’s wallpaper will alternate between two different images automatically, depending on whether you enable Dark Mode or Light Mode.
You can learn more about Edictus and how it works in our full review post.
Given just how popular Dark Mode seems to have become on the iOS & iPadOS platforms, there are certain to be strong opinions about the best ways to go about customizing it. Some jailbreakers think it’s just perfect how it comes, while others wish that it incorporated more features.
If you agree with the picks we curated above, then be sure to let us know in the comments section down below. Likewise, if we missed an important release that you feel would be helpful to your fellow jailbreakers, then please feel free to let us know in the comments section below as well.
While you’re in the market for cool iOS 14-centric jailbreak tweaks, don’t forget to check out some of the other discovery posts we’ve produced over the past several weeks:
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Status Bar
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Control Center
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Home Screen
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Keyboard
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Lock Screen
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Messages app
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Now Playing interface
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Notification system
- The best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Widgets
How do you customize Dark Mode on your jailbroken iOS 14 handset? We’re excited to hear from you!