How to Enable Dark Mode on Your Apps And Devices

by Ogechi Anyanwu
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How to enable dark mode

Dark mode on devices is the new trend for users. It is used across various devices, and now even applications and web apps inculcate it. Initially, light mode was the only device display colour available before dark mode came in. 

On modern devices and some websites, the option of dark mode or light mode is made available, and users select either of the display features based on their preference and what works for them. Ultimately, the younger generation finds the dark mode visually appealing. 

A good feature of the dark mode is that it is much easier on the eyes because the black or dark background helps to prevent eye strain by reducing the brightness of a device. It also helps save battery life by reducing brightness, as bright light can consume a device’s battery. 

Not every app has a dark mode feature, but it is available on most of the popular devices, websites, and applications we know of. Using the dark mode feature is a good choice; if you are not already using it, we will guide you on how to set it up on your devices and favourite applications. Let’s get started.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows

Windows has a built-in dark mode. Therefore, every app that runs on Windows OS has access to dark mode, provided that the software is designed to support it, which most of them already do. 

To enable it on your device, use the following steps:

  1. Click the cog icon on the Start menu
  2. Select Personalization 
  3. Click on Colours
  4. Choose dark mode from the display options. You may choose to select custom from the options so you can choose to change the bright or dark mode independently for both the Windows OS and certain applications. 

For instance, your Windows OS can be in dark mode, but your web applications still use light mode.

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How to Enable Dark Mode on MacOS

Just like Windows, MacOS has a system-wide dark mode setting as well. Follow the steps below to find it:

  1. Open the Apple menu,
  2. Select System Preferences, 
  3. Click on General
  4. And then, on the Appearance heading, you select Dark.

Under the appearance feature, an auto option would be found. The theme will change according to your time zone if you choose it. At night, dark mode will be activated, and it automatically shifts to light mode during the day. MacOS and other applications supporting dark and light modes will follow suit.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Android

Enabling dark mode on Android devices will vary slightly depending on the phone’s manufacturer and Android version. However, on more recent Android versions, all you need to do is do the following:

  1. Select the display menu from the settings app.
  2. To switch display colours, turn on the toggle to use the dark theme. To add the dark theme toggle to the quick setting panel, scroll down with two fingers from the top of the screen, then hit the pen icon on the lower left.

Apps supporting dark mode, such as WhatsApp and Chrome, will automatically be activated.

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How to Enable Dark Mode on iOS and iPad

To turn on a dark mode on iOS and iPads is pretty simple. Let’s figure it out:

  1. Head to the Settings app in iOS or iPadOS.
  2. Tap Display and Brightness. There are also three options to pick from, just like in MacOS. 

If you want the setting to change based on the time of day, you can turn on the automatic button switch or manually pick between the Light and Dark options.

Additionally, compatible apps, including those produced by Apple, will undoubtedly use the same mode.

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How to Enable Dark Mode on WhatsApp

The dark mode is now available for all versions of WhatsApp. WhatsApp is the most used platform for chats, and most people prefer dark mode visuals to light way, so to join the click, follow these steps:

  1. In the app, select Chats from the settings menu
  2. On the apps, click on Themes  
  3. Afterwards, you’ll find a toggle switch. You can set the theme to be light or dark. 

Generally, WhatsApp’s display colour automatically changes according to the device’s colour.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Facebook

Turning on dark mode for Facebook might vary slightly depending on the device type. But the following steps will guide you if you are an iOS user.

  1. Click on your profile picture at the bottom right corner
  2. Then you go to settings and privacy
  3. You will find settings again at the top of the options
  4. Under settings, scroll down, and you will see dark mode
  5. When you click on dark mode, you will find “On,” “Off,” and “System.” 

If you select “on,” you instantly switch to dark mode. You are turning it off if you select the “off button.” As for the “system” button, Facebook will adjust your device’s appearance based on your device’s display settings.

Read also: How to download Facebook video on your mobile phone. 

How to Enable Dark Mode on Google

Google has brought the dark mode feature to the Gmail app so that Android users can easily access it aside from the normal dark mode setting provided by Android.

  1. Select the menu icon.
  2. Choose Settings to find the theme option.
  3. The theme button offers a selection of three different display modes for you to pick from; Light, Dark, and System modes, respectively.  

As you are already aware, system defaults enable Gmail to alternate between light and dark themes based on the display colour on your Android. 

For iOS devices, there is no dark or light mode toggle on the settings, but either way, if your system utilizes the dark mode feature, a dark background automatically appears on the Gmail app.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Snapchat

Snapchat, the Bitmoji and most used emoji platform, has made the dark mode feature available on the app for iOS users. Here is how to use it if you use an iPhone or an iPad.

  1. Click your “Bitmoji” in the top left corner to access your Snapchat profile.
  2. Click the Settings button in the upper right corner.
  3. Swipe down, then tap “App Appearance.”
  4. Choose “Always Dark” mode from the three available choices. 

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How to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter

Twitter has a built-in dark mode feature on Android and iOS; in fact, the dark color blends so well with the app features that it seems like dark mode was meant for Twitter. As an iPhone user, follow these steps to experience the nice visuals on Twitter.

  1. When you open the app, tap your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Under Settings and Support, click on Settings and Privacy.
  3. Scroll down to see “Accessibility, Display, and Languages.” 
  4. Next, select Display and Sound
  5. Tap on dark mode.
  6. Under dark mode, you would find some fantastic options, including Dark Mode, 

Use Device Settings, Dim, and Light Out. Select dark mode, of course, or use your device settings. When you select dim, you will find that the dark appearance on the Twitter app becomes a little milder.

On Android, you can find light mode, dark mode, or the auto button that automatically switches modes based on the time of day.

How to Enable Dark Mode on LinkedIn 

Being on LinkedIn makes you a professional in what you do. Therefore, it would be great to utilize the dark mode to avoid so much brightness when networking. Fortunately, turning on the dark mode in LinkedIn only requires five clicks.

  1. Click the Me icon (picture) at the top of your LinkedIn homepage 
  2. Select Settings and Privacy from the dropdown menu. 
  3. Click the first option, Account Preferences, on the left, 
  4. Select Display. 
  5. Click Dark mode to find the options, Device Settings, Dark mode, and Light mode. You already know what to select, so go for it.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Instagram

If you use Instagram’s dark mode on Android or iOS, you’ll discover that the app doesn’t feature a display or appearance function; instead, it replicates the display settings on your device. On iOS and most Android devices, Instagram will adjust the display colour to match your device’s.

In Summary

The apps and operating systems discussed in this post all have the dark mode feature, which is easy to access. Dark mode display settings can be classified as classy and trending. The amazing part of most of this software is that they make use of the device’s display settings. 

Many more apps or software support dark mode, such as Chrome OS, Youtube, Outlook, Telegram, the App Store, Zoom, Messenger, Truecaller, Pinterest, Opera, Firefox, Siri, Google Features, Game Applications, etc.

Change your display settings to dark mode to manage your battery and protect your eyes. 

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Ogechi Anyanwu
Hi. My name is Ogechi. I am a digital content writer who is passionate about making discoveries in tech and lifestyle and presenting them in words and in an exciting manner for my readers to have that ‘divine imaginative experience’.

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