How to turn on Dark Mode on Mac

How to enable Dark Mode on Mac

Using Dark Mode on Mac can help reduce eye strain, improve the device’s battery life, and even enhance your screen’s appearance. If you were looking for simple ways to enable this feature, you are in for a treat. In this guide, I’ll demonstrate how you can turn on Dark Mode in macOS Sonoma or Ventura.

How to turn on Dark Mode on Mac from Control Center

  1. Click the Control Center icon in the Mac menu bar. 
  2. Select Display.

    Click on Display in mac Control Center
  3. Click Dark Mode

    Select Dark Mode in Mac Control Center

That’s it! Remember, the steps remain the same for both macOS Sonoma and Ventura.

Pro Tip: Just drag and drop the Display button from the Control Centre to the menu bar. It will create a Display icon in the menu bar, from where you can easily turn on Dark Mode on Mac.

For more such tips, refer to our complete guide on how to use and customize Control Center on Mac.

How to enable Dark Mode on Mac from System Settings  

  1. Click the Apple logo in the menu bar. 
  2. Select System Settings.

    Click on System Settings on macOS Ventura
  3. Head to Appearance
  4. Choose Dark next to Appearance.

    Click Appearance and select Dark in macOS Ventura

How Dark Mode works in Mac apps 

After enabling Dark Mode, Mac allows you to use Light Mode exclusively for chosen apps and their respective features. Here, I provide a demonstration of the process:

  • Maps: Launch Maps → Click Maps on the menu bar → Settings → Under the General tab, check the box in front of Always use light map appearance
  • Mail: Open the Mail app → Click Mail in the menu bar → Select Settings Viewing → Uncheck Use dark backgrounds for messages
  • Notes: Head to the Notes app → Click Notes in the menu bar → Settings → Uncheck Use dark backgrounds for note content
  • TextEdit: Launch TextEdit → Select View in the menu bar → Uncheck Use Dark Background for Windows
  • Safari: You need to disable Dark Mode on Mac to use Safari in Light Mode as it adapts to the default mode of the Mac. 

Will you use Dark Mode on Mac?  

In addition to the methods mentioned above, you can also use Siri to assist you with switching to Dark Mode on your Mac. The Dark Mode function should not be confused with the Night Shift or True Tone features.

Please share your doubts regarding Dark Mode in the comments, and I’ll be sure to respond.

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2 comments

  1. For some reason the Messages app still uses white when the system is set to dark mode. . How do I turn on dark mode for the Messages app ?

    1. To fix the dark mode issue in the Messages app on your Mac,

      Restart the app > check System Settings to see if Dark mode is enabled > update to the latest version of macOS > reset the app > contact Apple support if the issue persists.

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