How to make Mac dark mode

If you work for hours on your Mac, you should know that sitting in front of such a bright screen for so many hours isn’t healthy for your eyes. It has been proven that seeing bright lights from electronic devices can damage your eyesight in many ways. As always, Apple comes to the rescue. For the betterment of the users, Apple has released a feature called dark mode. It dims your screen and inverts the colors in applications. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to enable dark mode on your Mac and other details you need to know.

What is dark mode?

Dark mode is a feature that dims the light on your screen, helps you focus on your work and puts less strain on your eyes by making your screen dark (black). Dark mode uses a dark color scheme that works throughout the system, including the apps that come with your Mac. All third-party apps can also use this dark mode feature only if it supports dark mode. It works more effectively at night in low light. When enabled, supported apps and websites will switch to a dark background with white text.

Using Mac’s Dark Mode

  1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your Mac’s screen.
  2. Then click on System Preferences.
  3. Then select General.
  4. Choose Dark, near the top of the window.
  5. You can also choose Auto, which puts your screen in dark mode at night and light mode during the day.

Note that the light and dark mode options will not appear until you upgrade to macOS Mojave. When you turn on dark mode on your Mac, only certain applications such as Safari, Mail, Maps, Notes, and others go dark. You will not receive dark mode for third-party apps that do not support dark mode.

Unfortunately, this method does not work on earlier macOS. To enable dark mode on earlier macOS, you need to follow the other steps below.

From Mac OS X Yosemite to macOS High Sierra

  1. Launch the System Preferences application.
  2. Select General.
  3. Check the box next to the dark menu bar and Dock.

macOS Mojave / macOS Catalina

  1. Launch the System Preferences application.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Dark under Appearance.

Speaking of safari, some websites may have dark mode enabled when you use Safari to browse the web, but only if they are designed for it. Otherwise, you will need to install an extension to enable dark mode in your browser.

You can even use the light mode for the selected application even if the dark mode is enabled. You can go to that particular application like notes, mail or maps simply go to the preferences of that app and change the settings from dark mode to light mode. This change will not affect other apps.

Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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