How to activate dark mode on your browser
The internet never sleeps, which means you can watch a well-lit screen at any time of the day, which can affect your sleep and strain your eyes. Dim the lights by activating dark mode in your browser.
Many popular mobile apps feature darker color schemes, but on the web, each website’s color theme is set by the site developer (Google just rolled out a dark theme for Google.com on the desktop). However, you can make the browsing experience more pleasing to the eyes by changing the color of the menu pages or playing around with some experimental features. Here’s how to do it in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.
Set dark mode in Chrome
Chrome doesn’t offer an official dark mode in the desktop app, but it does respect your system settings on Windows and macOS. Just go to Settings> Personalization> Colors on a Windows 10 PC (it’s slightly different on Windows 11), or System Preferences> General> Appearance on a Mac to change the default theme for the computer. Chrome will then change its colors to match what you prefer.
If you want to edit Chrome directly, you can turn to the Chrome Web Store and look under Themes to find and install the color theme you want. Color themes can always be removed under Settings> Appearance, then click Reset to Default.
Chrome on Android
Chrome’s Android app has an official dark mode that you can activate in just a few steps. Make sure you have the most recent version of Chrome for Android, then tap the three-dot menu and select Settings> Theme. You can then select Dark Where System failure, if dark mode is enabled at the system level.
If you are on an iPhone or iPad, you will have to rely on the system theme you set. Head toward Settings> Display and brightness, then select Dark.
Set dark mode in Firefox
Firefox on computer
Firefox follows your operating system’s color scheme by default, but you can also take direct control of it. Open the hamburger menu in the browser and select Settings> Extensions and themes. Click on Themes to open the Manage your themes page, and then select the theme you want to use, such as Dark.
For more options, scroll to Recommended themes and click Install the theme on whatever you like. Click on Find more add-ons to search through all available Firefox add-ons. Or create your own theme by clicking Create your own theme with Firefox Color and installing the add-on.
Firefox on Android
You can set the theme on Android by opening the three dot menu in the app and going to Settings> Personalize. Under Theme, select Dark Where Track device theme. For iPhones and iPads, select the hamburger menu and press Activate night mode.
Set dark mode in Safari
Safari on macOS
Safari doesn’t offer its own dark mode, although it does support macOS ‘larger dark theme. On your Mac, go to System Preferences> General> Dark to darken the operating system. This, in turn, will turn Safari menus black.
Safari on iPad
You can also set individual pages to dark mode through Safari’s Reader View feature, which offers a stripped-down version of an article. To use this feature, open a page you want to read; press the aA in the address bar and select the darkest shade from the drop-down menu.
Safari also uses the default system theme on mobile, so you can set dark mode on iPhone and iPad to darken your browser color. Move towards Settings> Display and brightness> Dark and activate this option.
Set dark mode in Edge
Edge on the desktop
Microsoft Edge is based on Google’s Chromium browser, but unlike Chrome, it actually has a built-in dark mode. It uses the default system theme, but you can change it manually by opening the three dot menu and going to Settings> Appearance. Choose “dark” under General appearance. Choose a color theme to further customize the browser’s top menu bar, if you want.
Edge on Android
On an Android device, tap the three-dot menu at the bottom of the browser and select Settings> Appearance and choose Dark Where Device (default). For an iPhone or iPad, tap the same three-dot menu and open Settings, then scroll to the Theme section and select Device Where Dark to change the theme.
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