How iOS 13’s Dark Mode Works on Your iPhone and iPad

iOS 13 Dark Mode Selection Screen in Settings
Khamosh Pathak

With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple is finally bringing a system-wide dark mode to the iPhone and iPad. This feature will work automatically with websites and supported apps as well. Here’s everything you need to know.

How Dark Mode Works

The dark mode works using a toggle switch in Control Center. You can switch it on or off at any given time. All of Apple’s stock apps and the system UI supports the dark theme.

Apple has gone with a true dark mode. This means the background in most places in the UI is pitch black. On iPhones with OLED screens—that’s the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max—this has a two-fold effect.

iOS 13 Dark Mode Widgets and Home Screen

Firstly, the white text looks crisp on the pitch-black screen. Secondly, as the black background isn’t lighting up the pixels, you’ll end up saving a bit of battery life. iPhones and iPads with LCD displays—that’s all other iPhones aside from the X, XS, and XS Max, including the iPhone XR and iPhone X—will see no difference in battery life. But as most of the web usage revolves around websites with white backgrounds and colorful photos, most won’t see huge battery savings.

Apple has also added a new set of dynamic wallpapers that automatically change based on the dark mode and light mode. You’ll find them in the “Stills” section in the Wallpaper selection screen in the Settings app.

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How to Enable Dark Mode

When you’re setting up your iPhone or iPad after upgrading to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you’ll see a new Appearance screen. Here, you can choose the “Dark” theme to enable the dark mode from the get-go.

But you can also switch between the dark and light mode at any time from the Control Center or from the Settings app. To switch using the Control Center, tap and hold or 3D Touch/Haptic Touch on the “Brightness” slider.

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How to Restore Apps and Games to Your iPhone or iPad

Hand holding an iPhone showing the Apple iPhone App Store "Not on this Phone" menu.
Justin Duino

Did you just get a new iPhone or iPad you’re not restoring from a backup? Want a fresh start on your old device? After you set up your phone or tablet, it’s time to restore your favorite apps and games.

How to Find Previously Installed Apps

If you want a fresh start with your new iPhone or iPad, it’s best not to restore from a backup. A freshly reset iPhone or iPad is bug-free, crashes less often, and gives you better battery life.

Still, you want to access all your favorite apps. Sure, you can search and download each one, but there’s a better way to get a list of all your previously downloaded apps and games.

Open the App Store and go to the “Today” tab. Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner to see your account information.

Tap the profile icon.

From here, tap “Purchased.”

Tap "Purchased."

On the next screen, tap “My Purchases.”

Tap "My Purchases."

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How iOS 13’s “Silence Unknown Callers” Will Stop Phone Spam

The Silence Unknown Callers Toggle in Settings App

iOS 13 has a new feature that might just save you from all spam and robocalls. The new Silence Unknown Callers feature will mute all calls coming from a number that’s not in your contact list.

Stopping the Endless Stream of Spam Calls

Silence Unknown Callers is a simple toggle that will automatically block unknown numbers from calling you. Your contacts and people you’ve interacted with will still be able to call you, but you won’t be bothered by incoming calls from anyone else.

This feature is one of the biggest reasons we’re excited for iOS 13 when Apple releases it sometime in fall 2019.

How Silence Unknown Callers Works

The Silence Unknown Callers feature is quite a blunt instrument—it’s a simple toggle in Settings. Once enabled, any call you receive from an unknown number will be silenced. If Siri Intelligence finds the number in the Mail, Messages, or Contacts app, the call will come through.

You can think of it as iOS automatically hitting the Decline button for you. You’ll still get a Missed Call notification, and you’ll find the number in the Recents list in the Phone app.

If you have voicemail enabled, the call will automatically go to the voicemail. This is where the visual voicemail feature will come in handy (availability and charges depend on your carrier).

When you go to the “Voicemail” tab in the Phone app, you’ll be able to listen or read the transcript of the voicemail (as you can see in the screenshot below).

Reading a transcript of a spam voicemail

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How to Use Adobe Flash on Your iPhone or iPad

Flash Icon Shown on an iPhone Screen
Khamosh Pathak

Growing up, you might have come across Flash while playing a game or using an interactive site. But Adobe Flash never officially made it to iOS devices. Here’s the only way to access Adobe Flash sites on your iPhone and iPad.

What Is Adobe Flash?

Once upon a time, Adobe Flash was the de-facto standard for delivering video, audio, animation, and interactive elements across the web. But then, thankfully, open standards like HTML 5, CSS, and JavaScript came along. Adobe Flash was proprietary, slow, and consumed a lot of battery. It just didn’t work well on mobile devices.

By 2011, Adobe had already ended mobile development of Flash.

Since then, the mobile web has thrived. Adobe is scheduled to officially sunset the Adobe Flash product in 2020. Major desktop browsers are now discontinuing support for Adobe Flash, although you can manually re-enable Flash in Google Chrome.

Why Flash Isn’t Supported on iOS and iPadOS Devices

Apple devices like iPhone and iPad never officially supported Adobe Flash. In 2010, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter called Thoughts on Flash (which still makes for a good read). In it, he outlined the reasons for not implementing Adobe Flash in Apple devices.

Jobs had a couple of arguments: Adobe Flash was not an open platform; the open H.264 video format was much better at delivering video than Flash; and when it came to games, there was the App Store. He also pointed out the issues with security, reliability, and performance.

The biggest reason, though, was that Flash just did not work well with touchscreens.

RELATED: How to Install and Update Flash on Your Mac

How to Use Adobe Flash on iPhone and iPad

If you need to access an Adobe Flash site on your iPhone or iPad, you have only one option. The third-party Puffin Web Browser comes with out-of-box support for Adobe Flash.

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How to Leave an iOS or iPadOS Public Beta Program

How to Leave iOS Public Beta Program

Apple now makes it easy to install iOS betas using over-the-air updates. While simple to install, iOS Public Betas can be buggy as well. Fortunately, you can leave the iOS Public Beta at any time.

How iOS and iPadOS Public Beta Program Works

Apple’s iOS/iPadOS Public Beta program works using a profile on your iPhone or iPad. Once the profile is installed, you can request the beta version of the OS from the Software Update section.

You can choose to leave the Public Beta program at any time. But removing the Public Beta profile will have no effect on your iOS or iPadOS device. You’ll still be running the beta version. You can keep running it, and you can wait till the public release comes out to upgrade. If you wish, you can downgrade to the earlier, stable version of iOS or iPadOS as well. We’ll cover all available options below.

A Word About Backups

It’s best to back up your device before you make any big changes, like installing a beta or leaving the beta program. This is especially important to do before installing the Public Beta.

Apple doesn’t allow users to restore a backup from a version that’s higher than what you’re running. For example, if you have a backup of iOS 13 Public Beta 2, but you downgraded back to iOS 12.4, you won’t be able to restore your backup using iTunes.

You’ll have to set your device up as new, or you’ll need to restore the backup from iCloud or a third-party app. If you leave the iOS/iPadOS Public Beta program and choose to restore to the stable version, without an older backup, you’ll end up losing all your data.

Before you begin, take a back up using iTunes. Open the iTunes app on your computer and connect your iOS device. Then go to the device management screen by clicking on the “Device” icon in the top toolbar. From here, find the “Backups” section and select “This Computer.” Then click on “Back Up Now.”

Back Up iPhone or iPad Using iTunes

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