Don’t be fooled by the name, “Dark Mode” is actually the new hotness. Everyones doing it, and you should be too! If you’re not sure how to get started, have no fear. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to make your Mac go dark.
How to enable dark mode on your Mac
Assuming you have macOS Mojave or later, select the Apple icon in the upper left of your screen. From there, go to System Preferences > General. Under “Appearance,” select “Dark.”
How to customize dark mode on your Mac
Just like with iOS, you can now customize dark mode on your Mac to better suit your needs. Whether you want a darker interface or just want to tweak the colors a bit, here’s how to do it.
First, open System Preferences and click on General. Then, next to Appearance, click the Dark button.
Now, you’ll see a few different options that you can customize. For example, you can change the Accent Color to better match your dark wallpaper or theme. You can also change the Default Desktop Picture to a darker one.
To really customize dark mode, click on the Options button. Here, you can choose to have dark menus and Dock, as well as dark colors for rubber banding (when you scroll past the end of a document) and windows resizing. You can also choose to use darker colors for app icons in the Finder and Launchpad.
As you make changes, you’ll see a preview of what your Mac will look like in dark mode. When you’re happy with your changes, close System Preferences and enjoy your new dark mode setup!
How to use dark mode in specific apps
If you want to use dark mode in specific apps, you can do so by going to the settings for each app. For example, in the Settings app, you can go to Display & Brightness > Dark Mode to turn dark mode on or off for that app. Some apps also have their own dark mode settings. For example, in the Twitter app, you can go to Settings and Privacy > Display and turn on Night Mode.
How to troubleshoot dark mode issues on your Mac
If you’re having issues with dark mode on your Mac, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the problem.
First, make sure that you’re using the latest version of macOS. To do this, go to the Apple menu and choose “About This Mac.” If there’s an update available, click the “Update” button to install it.
If you’re still having trouble with dark mode after updating macOS, try restarting your computer. Sometimes a simple restart is all it takes to fix minor software glitches like this.
If neither of those solutions works, you can try resetting the NVRAM (non-volatile RAM) on your Mac. This is a small piece of memory that stores certain settings and preferences, and sometimes resetting it can fix issues with dark mode (or other settings). To reset the NVRAM, shut down your computer and then turn it back on while holding down the Command+Option+P+R keys simultaneously. Keep holding those keys until you hear the startup chime two times; then you can let go and allow your Mac to finish booting up normally.
If dark mode still isn’t working properly after trying all of those steps, you may need to reach out to Apple Support for additional help troubleshooting the issue.
How to get the most out of dark mode
Dark mode is one of the most popular features in Apple’s macOS Mojave. Here’s how to get the most out of it.
When you enable dark mode, your Mac will switched to a darker color scheme for all system windows and apps. This can be easier on your eyes in low-light conditions, and it can also help conserve battery life on portable Macs.
If you’re using a Mac with an OLED display, enabling dark mode can also improve contrast and visibility.
Here’s how to enable dark mode in macOS Mojave:
- Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
- Click System Preferences.
- Click General.
- Select the “Use dark menu bar and Dock” checkbox.
- Your Mac will now use a dark color scheme for all system windows and apps.
How to disable dark mode on your Mac
Open System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click on General.
At the top of the General window, uncheck the box next to “Use dark menu bar and Dock.”
FAQs about dark mode on your Mac
Q: How do I turn dark mode on or off?
A: You can turn dark mode on or off in the General pane of System Preferences. Or, you can use the option in the menu bar, if available.
Q: How do I know if an app is compatible with dark mode?
A: Apps that support dark mode have a built-in capability to switch appearance based on your system setting. To see if an app supports dark mode, open the app and choose View > Appearance > Dark. If the app has a Dark Mode preference, you can also enable or disable the setting in System Preferences.
Q: Why is my Mac screen still bright when I turn on dark mode?
A: If your Mac screen is still bright after you turn on dark mode, check your display settings. In System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display. Look for a setting that controls brightness or white point.
Tips and tricks for using dark mode on your Mac
If you work in a low-light environment or simply prefer a darker color scheme, you can enable dark mode in macOS. This setting not only changes the color of your menu bar and Dock, but it also adjusts the color of apps that support dark mode.
To turn on dark mode, open System Preferences and click General. Under Appearance, select Dark.
Other apps that support dark mode may have their own setting for enabling it. For example, in the latest version of Microsoft Word, you can turn on dark mode by going to View > Theme > Dark.
If you find that some elements of an app are still too bright when dark mode is enabled, you can adjust the brightness level in System Preferences. Go to Displays > HDR Display and move the Brightness slider to the left or right until you find a level that’s comfortable for you.