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Enable Night-Reading Mode Inside Any iOS App

iOS: If you’re a big fan of new Night theme in iBooks 1.5 and wish the entire iOS had an easy-on-the-eyes night mode, it does–find out how to adjust the entire UI experience with a few taps.

Over at Digital Inspiration they share a very clever way to extend the benefits of the dimmed and inverted-color Night setting in iBooks to your entire iOS experience. They write:

There’s an easy workaround. On your iOS device, tap the Settings icon and choose General –> Accessibility –> Triple-click Home and and set it to “Toggle White on Black.”

Press the Home button to exit Settings and launch any reading app. Triple-click the Home button on your iOS device in quick succession and it should enable white-on-black effect quite similar to iBooks Night mode. Triple-click again to switch to normal mode. Simple!

The only downside to this, they note, is that images (both within apps and on the web) will look like photographic negatives instead of normal photographs.

Enable the Night-Reading Mode Inside Any iOS App [Digital Inspiration]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/7/11

Comments (3)

  1. jon_hill987

    The custom rom (CM7) on my droid phone has a similar feature, it is far better though as it has several modes, the night one severly reduces the contrast and changes the hue to make it easier on the eye rather than just relying on inverting the colours to make it less bright.

  2. Mr Dos Head

    Sweet who’d have thought DOS had a great UI!

  3. funkybebel

    I had this feature enabled but ther was a lag when using the home button, so i disabled it.

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