Make Reading iBooks in the Dark Easier for the Eyes with Auto-Night Mode on iPhone & iPad

Oct 10, 2014 - 12 Comments

iBooks If you use iBooks and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to read, you can improve your evening reading experience by switching the theme to Sepia or the “Night” color scheme. Up until now though, you’ve had to perform that theme change yourself, and if you get caught up in a good book, you know it’s easy to get sucked into the book only to later realize that your eyes are perhaps overly strained due to the glaring white background and bright screen of the iOS device you’re reading on.


Auto-Night Theme is a new feature in iBooks that aims to prevent such a problem. It uses your location and time to detect when the sun is down (or coming up), and automatically switches into the Night theme when daylight is over (the Night theme is a black background with light grey text, significantly reducing the light put off by the device screen). This is a really great feature that’s well worth enabling if you read on the iPhone, which is now better than ever on the big screens, or an iPad.

Here’s how to enable Auto-Night Theme in iBooks on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (this requires the newest version, meaning you’ll need to update iBooks via the App Store if you haven’t done so yet):

  1. Open the iBooks app as usual, and with any book loaded, tap on the “aA” button in the corner
  2. Flip the switch next to “Auto-Night Theme” so that it’s toggled ON
  3. Tap anywhere outside of the settings box to exit

Auto Night theme for iBooks in iOS

That’s all there is to it, iBooks does the rest as the daylight changes. Here’s an example of what Sepia looks like next to Night theme:

Auto-Night Mode for iBooks

Even with Auto-Night Theme enabled, I still continue to recommend using the “Sepia” theme as the default, since it’s just much less offensive on the eyes when reading for an extended amount of time. That combined with boosting the font size, reducing screen brightness, and some other iBooks tricks, and you can really dramatically improve your reading experience in iOS with the iBooks app. Let’s hope some of these features make it to the Mac too.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Bilbo says:

    I wish Apple would integrate fLux into OS X and iOS so we could have this system-wide. I use it on my computers and on my jail broken 5s 7.1.2, but can’t install it on anything ios 8 until there’s a jailbreak.

  2. Paul says:

    I have 8.0.2 on an iPod Touch 5, but there is NO “Auto-Night Theme” setting in that dialog, there is only the “Scrolling View” setting. Does that have anything to do with location settings?

  3. Liarfig says:

    iBooks is ok, prefer to read real books though

  4. forkboy1965 says:

    I first discovered this night time feature a few months back on my iPad while adjusting the font size during some reading.

    It has totally changed my mind about reading on an iPad… the white/grey text on black is so much easier on my eyes.

  5. Ann B says:

    Is there a way to turn off/adjust the black background within the iBooks app itself? I can only adjust the setting when I have a book open and books with a lot of black on the cover are almost impossible to see on the screen. I am ready to throw in the towel on iBooks.

  6. Louis Raaijmaakers says:

    The settings are only to correct in an ibook. And when I return to an pdf-file the screen changes again to the night look. That’s not so nice.

  7. Ali says:

    Thanks alot it works.

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