What is Dark Mode and How to Turn it On or Off

Dark mode is a screen setting that displays light text and graphics on a dark background, rather than the traditional dark text on a white background. It is designed to be easier on the eyes in low-light situations, such as at night. Dark mode is also known as "dark theme" or "night mode" in some devices and apps.

What is Dark Mode and How to Turn it On or Off

To turn on or off dark mode, the process varies depending on the device or app you are using. Here are some general instructions for popular devices and apps:

Windows 10 / 11:

  1. Open the Start menu and select "Settings."
  2. Go to "Personalization" and select "Background."
  3. Choose a dark photo or graphic, or select a dark color.
  4. Go to "Colors" and select "Dark" from the "Choose your default app mode" option.

Mac OS:

  1. Open "System Preferences" from the Apple menu.
  2. Click on "General."
  3. Choose the appearance option that includes dark mode.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch):

  1. Go to "Settings."
  2. Select "Display & Brightness."
  3. Toggle the Dark Mode option on or off.

Android devices:

  1. Go to "Settings."
  2. Select "Accessibility" and then "Display."
  3. Enable "Dark theme" or "Use color inversion" depending on your Android version.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser.
  2. Select "Settings."
  3. Choose "Appearance" and then select "Dark" from the drop-down list.
  4. Google Chrome:
  5. To enable dark mode in Chrome, you can modify your browser's appearance by installing a dark theme from the Chrome Web Store.

The process for enabling dark mode on Kindle devices may vary depending on the model. You can usually access the settings menu and look for options such as "Blue Shade" or "Dark Mode."

For Facebook on desktop, click the arrow in the upper-right corner, select "Display and Accessibility," then toggle on "Night Mode." On the Facebook app, go to settings and toggle on "Dark Mode."

In the Twitter browser version, click the three dots at the bottom left, go to "Settings," select "Accessibility, Display, and Languages," choose "Display," and pick the background of your choice. In the Twitter app, you can access dark mode settings in the app's settings menu.

While dark mode can be easier on the eyes in low-light conditions, it may not have a significant impact on eye health or battery life. If you are concerned about blue light effects or battery life, there are other measures you can take, such as using screen covers or blue-light glasses.

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