How To Make Mac Dark Mode

Chris Campbell21 Mar 2022

Dark mode has become the new black. Technically, it is, after all, black. But why is everybody smitten with it all of a sudden? With the launch of macOS Mojave, a Dark Mode user interface was among the most appealing features, and even a motivation for many to upgrade. The iOS Dark Mode was the next step. Mac developers began customizing their gadgets for the dark user interface. And this is excellent news, certainly for your eyes. A white screen will undoubtedly cause eyestrain and tension if you're using your Mac at night or in a dark setting. Even if you reduce the brightness, it can be quite overwhelming for your eyes. That's why Dark Mode is more than just a fashion statement; it's also a crucial tool for maintaining eye health.

How To Turn On Dark Mode on Mac

Dark Mode debuted on the Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and it has since remained a standard feature of all future versions of macOS. Using Dark Mode can help you focus on your work by making your content shine out while everything else, including controls and other user interface components, blends into the background. It's especially handy in low-light conditions since it makes your screen gentler on your eyes. It even extends the life of your battery somehow. You don't need any third-party software or utilities to set Dark Mode since it's a basic feature of macOS.

Dark Mode is a feature in MacOS that extends throughout the overall system, from the menu to all of the programs. Since Mac has different OS versions, you can also turn it on in different ways.


Here's how to enable Dark Mode on macOS Mojave:

  • Select System Preferences from the menu bar.
  • Choose General.
  • Tap the "Dark" option in the "Appearance" area at the top of the window.

X Yosemite to High Sierra

Here's how to enable Dark Mode on OS X Yosemite to macOS High Sierra:

  • Launch the System Preferences application.
  • Select General.
  • Tick the box next to "Use dark menu bar and dock."

Big Sur

There are several ways to easily enable Dark Mode on macOS Big Sur, all of which are straightforward.

Through System Preferences Follow these steps to enable Dark Mode via the System Preferences:

  • Launch the System Preferences application.
  • Select General.
  • Tap Dark next to Appearance to instantly enable Dark Mode.
  • You may also set Dark Mode to activate and deactivate automatically via the System Preferences. Instead of choosing Dark, go with Auto. Dark Mode will thereafter be activated at sunset and deactivated at sunrise.

Through Control Center A quick approach to enable Dark Mode on Mac that bypasses System Preferences is to utilize Control Center, as seen below:

  • In the menu bar of your Mac, select Control Center.
  • Tap Display.
  • Select the Dark Mode option.

Through Siri If you have a compatible Mac, the simplest and fastest way to activate Dark Mode is to use Siri.  Here are the steps:

  • In the menu bar of your Mac, tap the Siri button. You could also use the Siri button in your MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.
  • Say anything like "turn on Dark Mode" or just "Dark Mode."

How To Turn Off Dark Mode on Mac

Although Dark Mode makes it simpler to focus on your tasks since your content stands out while darkened settings and windows stay in the background, some could do without it. If you're presently using Mac OS's Dark mode theme, you might want to switch to the Light visual theme.

Here's how to go about it:

  • Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  • Select the General settings panel.
  • Seek for the Appearance section at the top of the General options.
  • To set MacOS to the Light visual theme, choose Light from the available Appearance options.

The configuration is quick, and all visually-themed onscreen components and applications will shift to the new Light theme design you picked.  If you have a lot of programs and windows active, it may take a few seconds for the interface components to switch from Dark to Light so you need to wait patiently for the change to apply to the interface.

How To Make Google Dark Mode on Mac

It's not quite as simple with Chrome as it is with macOS settings, but it is doable. Here are a few ways.

Enable Google Chrome Dark Mode from the System Preferences Menu

Websites that use Dark themes will automatically change their color palette as a result of this. However, not all websites are compatible:

  • Navigate to System Preferences.
  • Select General.
  • Select Appearance.
  • Pick the Dark option.

Force Dark Mode on Google Chrome

You can attempt to have all websites use Dark Mode. This means Chrome will create colors for incompatible websites. As you can expect, this isn't always a good thing. However, you may still give it a shot. Set Forced Dark Mode to "Enabled" by going to chrome:/flags/#enable-force-dark.

Use Google Chrome Dark Theme

Another alternative is to apply Chrome's themes, which are accessible in the Chrome Web Store. There are tons of dark themes to choose from, like the simple  "Just Black" theme as well as other creative variations.

To do this:

  • Go to the Chrome Settings page.
  • Choose Appearance.
  • Navigate to Theme.  You'll notice an arrow next to it that will take you to the Chrome Web Store.
  • Select the dark theme you like by clicking it.
  • Finally, hit Add to Chrome to apply the theme.

How To Make Safari Dark Mode on Mac

Spending a long time online using the Safari browser might put additional pressure on your eyes. You may reduce the negative impacts of online browsing in a dark setting or late at night by using dark mode in the Safari browser.

Enabling the dark mode on macOS will also darken the Safari browser. Any website that supports dark mode will apply the dark theme. Websites that do not support night mode, on the other hand, will not be in dark mode.

Here's how to do it:

  • Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  • Select General.
  • Choose Dark or Auto in the Appearance section.
  • If you select Dark, Safari, and all other compatible applications will immediately transition to a dark color palette and remain so until you modify this option. Auto, on the other hand, darkens the palette at night and brightens it during the day.

Developers have made it much easier to activate dark mode across devices and applications, like the Mac OS for example. This is great as the dark palette is more comfortable to the eyes, particularly at night or in a dark setting. On top of that, Dark Mode can also extend Mac's battery life by not lighting the screen as bright.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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