Dark mode eliminates bright colours and white menus. Since macOS Mojave’s release in 2018, you can turn on dark mode in System Preferences, just like in Windows 10 and 11. Too much Mac screen time in a dark Screen can be tiring. How to configure the feature.
Mac Dark Mode
Open System Preferences > General and choose Dark for dark mode on your Mac. This changes the macOS settings menu, Dock, and top menu bar colour. If you’re using Apple’s default wallpaper, it will darken the colours.
You can change the accent colour for settings menus and compatible apps from this menu. Uncheck Allow window wallpaper tinting for black windows.
Control Center also enables dark mode. To toggle Dark Mode, click the menu bar switch, then Display, then Dark Mode.
Dynamic Desktop Configuration
System Preferences > General > Auto will change your desktop’s colour theme based on the time of day. The OS switches to dark mode after daytime hours.
Apple’s wallpapers change colour. To change the default wallpaper, click to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and pick the Apple folder.
Some settings change colours during the day, while others switch between day and night themes. Dynamic Desktop requires a supporting background set to Automatic. Light (Still) or Dark (Still) will modify your OS theme.
When you alter your Mac’s colour theme, it affects numerous built-in programmes, including the App Store, Disk Utility, Find My, Keynote, Mail, Maps, Messages, Music, News, Notes, Numbers, Pages, Photos, Podcasts, Safari, Shortcuts, System Preferences, TextEDit, TV, and more.
Some third-party apps support dark mode on Mac, thus altering the theme affects Chrome and Signal. Check other applications for colour theme possibilities.
Learn how to turn on dark mode on your iPhone or iPad to dim all Apple devices.