What Does “Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper” Mean on My iPhone 11?

The steps in this article are going to show you how to enable an option on your iPhone 11 that will cause your device’s wallpaper to dim when dark mode is on. We cover these steps briefly at the beginning of the article, then continue with more information and pictures of the steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the Wallpaper option.
  3. Tap the button to the right of Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper.

With the iOS 13 update your iPhone gained the ability to switch between light and dark mode. Previously the only option was light mode, but the new dark mode option adjusts the display of certain elements so that they are less harsh on the eyes when you are viewing them in a dark environment.

One element that it doesn’t affect by default, however, is the wallpaper that you have chosen. By enabling the “Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper” option you can have the iPhone dim your wallpaper in dark mode based on the amount of ambient light around you.

How to Enable the Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper Option on an iPhone 11

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.2. Note that you need to be using the Dark Appearance (or dark mode) option on your iPhone for this setting to take effect. You can switch to the dark appearance by going to Settings > Display & Brightness and choosing Dark at the top of the screen.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and select Wallpaper.

open the Wallpaper menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper to turn it on.

what does Dark Appearance Dims Wallpaper mean on my iPhone

This setting is more noticeable if your wallpaper is bright. If you are already using a darker background you may not notice much of a difference.

Find out how to stop your iPhone from switching between light and dark mode on its own if you would prefer to choose the appearance manually.

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