Bright and blinding screens on your phones, computers and other devices have currently become a “problem” for most users. Although the brightness of these screens can be manually set from bright to dim, users still demand something like an option that would make their experience a lot easier, especially for the eyes.
These demands are the reason why several devices, operating systems, and phone applications have included a dark mode option for their programs.
What is dark mode?
Dark mode is a feature on the theme of your phones, laptops, and applications that sets it to black or something close to it. Aside from the fact that it changes the look of the program, it also helps the eyes especially when you use your devices in the middle of the night, and you’re too lazy to turn on the lights. Also, the dark mode helps the battery life of devices to last longer especially when smartphones have an OLED display.
But during these days, with the undeniable support for dark mode option for devices, it is not rare anymore to find programs and operating systems that support this specific feature. A system-wide dark mode was added by Google to the third beta of Android Q. You can also notice this on the operating system of the maCOS Mojave and Nintendo Switch. There are also certain apps that have the dark mode option like Twitter, Google Chrome, Messenger and Slack. Moreover, Google is devoted to applying this feature on all the first-party applications they produce, but the dark mode is not yet available everywhere.
With the unlimited demand for dark mode, there are third-party solutions that let you apply the dark mode on your device, but this does not guarantee a successful dark mode display.
Either way here are some tips and tricks to set dark mode on your devices. But do take note, that before jumping on this opportunity, there are inevitable mishaps due to device incompatibility.
DARK MODE FOR IPHONE
All iPhone users know that dark mode is not yet supported on the current iOS. However iOS 12 offers a smart color inverter for its apps. But it does not guarantee a full on color change for the downloaded programs. There will be app elements whose color would not be able to be inverted by the iOS 12. Do not fret because this option works very well with the pre-installed applications of iPhone.
To turn on color smart inverter:
- Tap on the Settings app
- Scroll down and tap on General, then on Accessibility
- Tap on Display Accommodations which is the fourth from the top options.
- Find Invert colors and tap on it
- Switch on the Smart Invert option
If the Smart Invert isn’t enough for you, according to a report from Bloomberg a full support dark mode will be launched on iOS 13. This next update on the iOS software may have a full effect on the whole interface of the operating system.
DARK MODE FOR ANDROID
The third developer preview for Android Q launched Dark Theme, a google system-wide dark mode. However, this feature is only available on Pixel phones and 15 other devices.
To activate Dark Theme on Android Q. On your screen, pull down from the top of the display to reveal Quick Settings, and you will find a button to activate Dark Theme. If you can’t immediately see the icon, pull all the way down of the screen and click on the pen icon. Drag the Dark Theme icon on your main lineup, and when you click it, it will automatically enforce the Dark Theme on the whole system of Android Q.
There is a chance that Dark Theme won’t be activated on some applications, but you won’t have to worry since Google is trying its best to build this feature on its first-party apps.
If ever you still don’t have the device that runs on Android Q beta, the case is a little bit different, but there is still the dark mode option but with limited performance.
Here is how to activate the Night Mode for Samsung phones that have the Android 9 Pie:
- Find the setting menu a tap Display > Advances
- At the bottom of the feature list, you will find the “Dark Mode.” Then activate the setting.
Furthermore, whatever Android phone you have as long as it runs on Android 9 Pie, you can set Night Mode as your default setting as long as you have Developer options.
- To activate Developer options, open Settings and click on About Phone
- At the very bottom, you can find “Build number” then tap that seven times to access Developer options which you can find in Settings in this sequence: Settings > Advanced > Developer options
- Scroll down, and you can see Night Mode at the bottom, and you can set it to “Always On” or “Automatic (based on time of the day)”
If you want a quick solution to set your phone on Night Mode, you can download from Google Store the app, “Nova Launcher.” It’s free, and it sets your phone’s user interface to dark mode.
DARK MODE FOR MACOS
If your device is running on macOS Mojave, it already has a built-in system-wide dark mode. It can also toggle on third-party applications that are built to support it such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
To enable dark mode on a macOS Mojave-running device:
- Open system preference by clicking the Apple logo at the top left of the screen
- Click on General
- In the Appearance section, you can see the option to switch the look of the user interface
- There are Apple applications that won’t automatically turn on dark mode unless you manually enable their settings. Apps like Notes, Mail, Maps, TextEdit and Dynamic Desktop, are some of the apps with this rule.
If you only want dark mode for your device on a specific time, you can download f.lux and NightOwl which can change the scheme of your device’s theme on a specified time of the day you want it to activate.
DARK MODE FOR WINDOWS 10
With Windows 10, it’s straightforward to enable the dark mode settings on your device. However, just like other programs, the dark mode setting for Windows 10 is not automatically supported by the application, but it still does work for pre-installed applications
- Go to Personalization menu within the system’s settings which you can also navigate through by right-clicking on the window
- On the sidebar, you can choose your preferred color Under App Mode and select the dark option to enable the dark mode.
With all these tricks of the trade for your gadgets, you can now easily navigate through your device at any time of the day and circumstance. So the next time you’re stuck in your room at the dead of night and still can’t go to sleep, you can avoid counting sheeps but instead read through tweets, answer emails or scroll through social media without the need to turn on the lights because you already know how to set everything in dark mode.