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How to Enable Dark Mode on Your Device

Did you know that most devices now support Dark Mode? It’s true. This means that if you have a relatively current device with the latest updates then you likely have access to it already. Here is a quick reference to how to enable Dark mode on your device.

Did you know that most devices now support Dark Mode? It’s true. This means that if you have a relatively current device with the latest updates then you likely have access to it already.

Why Use Dark Mode

There are a variety of reasons why you might want to use Dark Mode. Here are a few of the most common.

  • Accessibility
  • Power Saving
  • Personal Preference

Dark Mode can make it easier for you to read the text or reduce eye strain. It can extend your battery life between charges. Of course, many also prefer it over Light Mode for aesthetic reasons.

What Do You Need?

To enable Dark Mode on your device you will need to be on one of the following operating systems (OS).

  • Android 10 or later.
  • iOS/iPad OS 13 or later.
  • MacOS 10.14 (“Mojave”) or later.
  • Windows OS 1607 or later.

The other popular consumer OS, ChromeOS, is expected to be updated to support Dark Mode, but as of this writing it has not be released yet.

How to Enable Dark Mode

As expected, the method to enable Dark Mode varies by OS.

Android

Earlier versions of Android included forms of Dark Mode, so I will include the instructions for each version.

Android 10

  1. Select Settings > Display > Brightness.
  2. Select Dark.

Android 9 (“Pie”)

  1. Select Settings > Display > Advanced.
  2. Select Device Theme.
  3. Select Dark.

Android 8 (“Oreo”)

To toggle into a darker interface, just set a dark wallpaper.

iOS/iPadOS

  1. Select Settings > Display & Brightness.
  2. Select Dark.

MacOS

  1. Select the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Select the General Control Panel.
  3. Select Dark in the Appearance section at the top of the panel.

Windows

  1. Select the Windows Start Menu icon and select Settings (gear icon).
  2. Select Personalization and select Colors.
  3. Select Dark in the Choose your color section.

Try It Out

Each OS allows for customization of the Dark Mode settings. For example, you can set your iOS device to Light Mode and automatically transition to Dark Mode at sunset. It will transition to Light Mode again at sunrise. On Windows, you can set a different mode for Windows than the mode you prefer for the apps.

More apps are starting to support Dark Mode as well, including browsers. Try it out. You might find it helpful. You might even like it.

If you want to learn more about this, Thomas Steiner has a great article on Dark Mode that I found helpful.