The new “Smart Invert” feature in iOS 11 is a dark mode, but smarter.
For a while, Apple has been trying features to ease the nighttime burden on our eyes when they’re staring at screens, with the greyscale mode in iOS 8 and Night Shift in iOS 9. Smart Invert, iOS 11’s go at eye relief, inverts some colors, but leaves images, videos, and some apps untouched, aiming to dampen your screen’s glow without leading to the really weird image contortions that we saw with previous iterations of the feature.
Here’s how to turn it on:
1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.
2. Toggle “Smart Invert” to “On.”
If you’re a traditionalist, you can stick with “Classic Invert,” which will reverse all of your display’s colors.
If you really like Smart Invert, you can create a handy shortcut to toggle it quickly.
1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut.
2. Select “Smart Invert Colors.”
Now, when you triple-click your Home button, you can turn Smart Invert on or off.
That’s it! Try it at night. Your eyes will thank you.