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How to Make Mac Dark Mode

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Whether for work or leisure, we’re always staring at our screens. And the harsh light doesn’t do any favors on your eyes. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix to this, Dark Mode. 

Apple has built-in features that make this a one-click job, which will definitely make looking at your screen more pleasant. 

In this article, we’ll tell you how to turn on Dark Mode on your Mac and everything else related to the two modes. 

How to Switch on Dark Mode on Mac Through System Preference

The following method is the most common way to enable Dark Mode on the latest macOS Monterey, Big Sur, and even on the older versions. 

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Click on “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Select “General” from the available options.
  • Look for the “Appearance” section and click the “Dark” option.
  • Voila! Your Mac is now in Dark Mode.

How to Switch On/Off Dark Mode Using Siri

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If you’re using an Apple product, there’s a high chance you’re accustomed to Siri. For a faster method, you can just ask Siri to enable or disable the dark theme! Here’s how you can do that: 

  • Activate Siri by pressing and holding the Command and Space keys or by clicking on the Siri icon in the menu bar.
  • Once Siri is activated, say, “Turn on Dark Mode” or “Switch to Dark Mode.”
  • Siri will then confirm that it has turned on Dark Mode settings for you.
  • Alternatively, you can also say “Turn off Dark Mode” or “Switch to Light Mode” to revert back to the default light mode interface.

How to Automatically Turn on Dark Mode on Your Mac

Instead of manually enabling Dark Mode, you can use the “Automatically” option to set your Mac to switch to Dark Mode at a certain time of day or night. Just follow these steps: 

  • At the top left corner of your screen, click the Apple icon.
  • Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose “General” from the list of available options.
  • Look for the “Appearance” section and select “Auto” from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose “Custom Schedule” if you want to set your own schedule, or select “Sunset to Sunrise” if you want your Mac to switch to Dark Mode at sunset and back to Light Mode at sunrise.
  • With Dark Mode enabled, you can enjoy a cool new look without any discomfort!

How to Enable Dark Mode Directly From the Menu Bar

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There are plenty of ways to switch between Light and Dark Modes on your Mac, and the fastest, most efficient way is to use the toggle switch from the menu bar. This method works for macOS Ventura and all the earlier versions, too. 

Here’s what you have to do: 

  • Click on the Control Center icon in the menu bar 
  • Choose the “Display” option
  • Click the Dark Mode option, and you’re done!

How to Make Your Mac Display Darker

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If the Dark Mode doesn’t bring your eyes enough comfort, there’s a way to make the display even darker! All you have to do is switch on Night Shift along with the Dark Mode. 

The Dark Mode only inverts the colors of some apps, while the Night Shift gives your screen a warmer and yellowish rather than the regular blue hue. 

Here’s what you have to do: 

  • Go to the Control Center.
  • Select “Display.”
  • Then, click on both Dark Mode and Night Shift. 
  • To customize the warmth of your screen, click on “Display Preference” under the Dark Mode and Night Shift options. 
  • Select Night Shift from the dialog box that appears and use the Color Temperature slider to adjust accordingly! 


There are multiple ways to switch on the dark appearance of your Mac so that it suits your eyes better. Keep in mind that all apps might not support Dark Mode, but you can change the appearance of that particular app separately. So go ahead and give your eyes the break they deserve!


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