How to enable dark mode for all major apps

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Ah, dark mode – the anthracite color palette associated with nighttime and eyeball protection. It is not without critics, not even among my own colleagues. But there are many people, including me, who can’t get enough of the dusty subject. Fortunately, dark mode is available on just about every device and app. So we’re going to show you how you can make your digital life a little darker.

Note that we’re going to show you how to turn on dark mode for some of the most important apps and services. There is not enough time or space on our servers to show you how to enable dark mode anywhere as it is a very ubiquitous topic. But these will be a good starting point.

Social media

Most social media apps have added a dark mode to make browsing at night easier. Of all people, is one of the laggards. It just added dark mode with the latest redesign which you can read about here. The dark mode toggle is located in the site’s main drop-down menu. While Instagram doesn’t have an in-app dark mode option, it will sync with your phone’s dark mode. Information can be found here.

Twitter has a setting similar to Instagram in that you can sync the color palette with the system settings. If your phone is already in dark mode, it will automatically go dark. You can also set it to dark mode manually by going to settings and looking for the dark mode switch under “Display and Sound”. You can find more information about the options here.

Messenger originally only had a dark mode via an emoji-based Easter egg, but it has really joined the bandwagon since then. To turn dark mode on, all you have to do is tap on your profile picture and the toggle is at the top of the options. Read more about it here.

Workplace apps

It’s not just social media that want to be easy on your eyes. Some of your favorite workspace apps have added dark mode settings too, so even your work computer can look as sooty as a fireplace. For starters, Slack now has a dark mode for its iOS and Android apps (which you can read about here) as well as for its desktop client (which you can read about here).

Choosing dark mode on Slack for desktop

WhatsApp has also added a dark mode to its web and mobile versions, albeit at different times. Information on how to enable dark mode on the web client and on Android can be found here. As with other apps mentioned here, WhatsApp automatically switches to dark mode on iOS if iOS itself is set to dark mode.

Google also added Dark Mode to their Documents, Scrolls, and Slides on Android, which you can read here. It’s also not a workspace app per se, but Google Play has a dark mode too. To turn them on, all you have to do is go to the app settings and look for the theme menu. You can read about it here.

Operating systems

Like all of the above, the different operating systems for phones have dark modes that you can turn on at night to make browsing or eye work easier. Apple has added dark mode to iOS 13. When you enable it, most apps will go into dark mode, if available. Here’s how to turn it on. Similarly, Android introduced a dark theme in the Android 10 update that you can find in the display settings.

Enable dark mode on iOS 13 in Settings

If you want variety, Windows 10 offers a light mode in addition to dark. You can find both in the personalization settings. You can read more about it here.

And that’s it! This isn’t necessarily going to turn your entire life into obsidian paradise, but it will at least put all of your favorite apps into dark mode. Good luck!

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