How to Use macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode

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In macOS Mojave, Apple is finally introducing Dark Mode, which dims many of the screen elements from their usual, blinding whites. It’s a long-awaited feature, especially from those who work in the evenings.

Here’s what Dark Mode is and how it works.

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What is Dark Mode?

In Dark Mode, many of the operating system’s brighter features go black or gray, including the dock, trash can, menu bar and system panels. That’s also the case for select apps, including Safari, the Mac App Store, News and iTunes. The effect can be pretty dramatic, as you’ll notice that colorful images pop more on the display. Other elements, such as hyperlinks, seem more prominent, as well.

How Do I Set Up Dark Mode?

When you first install macOS Mojave, you’ll be asked which theme you prefer. If you change your mind, you can go to System Preferences > General > Appearance to make a selection. Dark Mode does sort of disable macOS’ dynamic desktop, as it sticks to the darkest background possible.

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Which Apps Support Dark Mode?

Most of Apple’s apps are already set up to support Dark Mode. Third party apps, though, will likely need updates, so you might see brighter borders and taskbars until those are updated. Apple has released an API for developers, so we expect to see a lot more apps support Dark Mode soon.

When Can I Try Dark Mode?

Right now, macOS Mojave is only available in a beta for developers. The official release is pegged for the fall, but a public beta will come out later this summer for those who want to try new features before they’re fully baked.

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Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman,
Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.
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