How to activate dark mode by pressing the back of your iPhone

If you have an iPhone 8 or later and the latest version of iOS, you can use a feature called Back Tap to switch between dark mode and light mode on your device with just two or three taps. Here’s how to set it up using shortcuts.

First, create the dark/light toggle shortcut

To switch between dark and light modes, we will need to use an Apple shortcut, which is an automated way to perform a task on your iPhone. When enabled, the shortcut automatically switches between “light appearance” or “dark appearance”, depending on the mode currently set. This is equivalent to tapping the “Dark Mode” button in Control Center or changing the look of your phone in the Settings app.

To get started, launch the Shortcuts app. If you’re having trouble finding it, swipe down from the center of the screen and tap “Shortcuts,” then tap the Shortcuts app icon.

When Shortcuts opens, tap the “My Shortcuts” tab at the bottom of the screen, then choose “All Shortcuts” from the list above.

Faucet "My shortcuts" and "All Shortcuts" on iPhone.

On the “All Shortcuts” page, tap plus (“+”) in the upper right corner. This will add a new shortcut.

Press the plus (+) button.

On the New Shortcut page, tap the shortcut name at the top of the screen and type “Toggle Appearance”. If you want, you can also tap the icon next to it and customize the color and glyph.

Next, press the “Add action” button.

In iPhone Shortcuts, tap "Add an action."

In the “Actions” panel that appears, type “Appearance” in the search bar, then select “Set appearance” from the list of actions.

Type "Appearance," then select "Set Appearance" in the action list.

Next, tap “Rotate” in the “Rotate Appearance” action and select “Flip” from the context menu. This will alternate dark and light modes each time you trigger the shortcut.

Faucet "Turn," then select "To fall over" in the list.

And that’s all you have to do! Press “X” in the upper right corner and your shortcut will be saved. You can test it in Shortcuts by pressing the “Toggle Appearance” shortcut button as many times as you want. If you set it up correctly, your iPhone appearance will change from light to dark or dark to light.

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Then configure Back Tap in the settings

Now that you’ve created the “Toggle Appearance” shortcut, you can configure Back Tap to fire with just a few clicks. To do this, first open the Settings app.

In Settings, select Accessibility > Touch.

Tap Touch in Settings on iPhone or iPad

In “Touch Settings”, choose “Back Tap”.

In touch accessibility settings on iPhone, select "Press Back."

In “Back Tap”, you have the option to launch the “Toggle Appearance” shortcut with two or three taps on the back of your iPhone. Select the option you want.

In the Back Tap settings, select "Tap twice" or "Press three times."

In the options menu that appears, swipe down to the “Shortcuts” section. Select “Toggle Appearance”. When selected, it will have a check mark next to it.

In the list of shortcuts, select "Toggle Appearance."

After that exit the settings. Whenever you want, tap the back of your iPhone two or three times (depending on the configuration). If you are in light mode, dark mode will activate and vice versa. Have fun!

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