How to Set Up Dark Mode on Your Favorite Apps

Looking to give your eyes a break? Dark mode swaps white backgrounds for grays and blacks. Here’s how to enable dark mode in all your favorite apps.
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How to Set Up Dark Mode on Your Favorite Apps

We spend a good portion of our day staring at screens. US adults looked at mobile devices for an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day in 2018, according to eMarketer, which predicts that time spent on mobile will surpass TV in 2019.

All that bright light streaming into your eyeballs isn’t great. Blue light can disrupt sleep, confusing your brain about what time of day it is. Giving up mobile devices isn’t really an option for most people, though, so many of us opt for a dark mode, which swaps white backgrounds for grays and blacks.

Not all apps offer an official dark mode; some just have night themes that only work under certain conditions. Google Maps and Waze, for instance, have night themes, but neither work in the full app. Meanwhile, Firefox, Gmail, and the Windows 10 Mail app allow for custom themes on the web, but you’re out of luck when it comes to the mobile apps. Below is a list of all the major apps with dark mode, and how to turn it on.

  • AccuWeather

    To turn on dark mode in AccuWeather, tap the three-dot menu and select Settings > Theme. Here, you choose between light, dark, and automatic, which will change depending on the time of day.
  • Amazon Kindle App

    Amazon’s Kindle app allows you to turn on dark mode by navigating to More > Settings > Color Theme. Tap dark, which will darken the main app. This does not, however, change the contents of your ebooks. To do that, tap the Aa icon atop each book, tap Color, and select Black from the drop-down menu.
  • Android Messages

    Android Messages makes it easy to switch to dark mode. Just tap the More menu and select Enable Dark Mode from the drop-down.
  • Chrome Dark Mode (Android Only)

    Android users can enable Dark Mode in Chrome, but it’s still in beta, so proceed at your own risk.

    If you don’t want to wait for the official release, paste chrome://flags/#enable-android-night-mode into the address bar. Choose to enable Android Chrome UI dark mode from the drop-down menu to change Chrome menus inside the app. If you want the contents of web pages to change color, you will also have to enable Android web contents dark mode.

    In order for the change to take effect, tap the Relaunch Now button at the bottom of the screen. Chrome will relaunch and Dark Mode will become a selectable option. Go to Settings > Dark Mode, then toggle the switch to turn the feature on.

    The Chrome UI changes can be turned on and off from here, but if you want to undo the in-page dark mode, return to chrome://flags/#enable-android-night-mode and select disable from the Android web contents dark mode drop-down.

  • Facebook Messenger

    Dark mode for Facebook Messenger was initially launched as an Easter egg for Android phones, but it recently rolled out as a permanent feature on iOS and Android. On both OSes, simply tap your chat head icon on the top-left and toggle the switch for Dark Mode to on.
  • Google News

    The Google News app can be set to dark mode by tapping your user profile and go into Settings. From there, select Dark Theme and determine in what conditions you want the coloring change to take place. While the Google News interface will be changed, the articles you click into will remain their default coloring.
  • Marvel Unlimited

    Marvel Comics fans can enable dark mode in the Marvel Unlimited app. Just select the hamburger menu () and tap Settings. The menu will give you three color themes to choose from. Select between white, black, and red in order to engage the preferred theme. The app will reset and the colors will be consistent throughout.
  • Medium

    To activate dark mode in the blogging app, tap the hamburger menu () and select Settings. Under Night mode, turn it on, off, or set it to automatic based on the time of day.
  • Otter

    The popular recording app Otter allows you to switch between a default white theme and a dark mode. Tap your user profile and go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Dark Mode before activating the switch to turn the feature on.
  • Periscope

    Periscope allows you to watch live video with a night theme makeover. To enable it, tap the people icon at the top of the screen and select the profile icon in the right-hand corner. Scroll down and tap Settings, then toggle Night Mode on or off.
  • Pocket

    When you use Pocket to save articles for later, you’re likely to return to them at night, so a dark mode makes sense here. To enable dark mode on Android, navigate to your profile, tap the three-dot icon () on the top-right and select Settings. Tap Change Theme and select Dark in the pop-up menu. On iOS (pictured), navigate to your profile, tap the gear icon () on the top-right, and tap Theme. In the pop-up menu, select Dark.
  • Pulse SMS

    The Pulse SMS app offers many different customization options, which include multiple dark themes. Open the hamburger menu () and choose Customization settings. Tap on Theme and you can choose between several colors, including light, dark, black, and day/night. Other colored details in the app can be customized using hex color codes.
  • Reddit App

    There are two ways to turn on dark mode in the Reddit app. The easiest way is to tap your user profile in the upper left corner, then tap on the moon icon in the bottom of the pullout menu. This will set the theme to black.

    Reddit also offers several different color scheme choices, and dark mode can found there as well. If you want to take the long way around, tap on Settings and select Theme. You can choose between Alien Blue, Mint, Night, Pony, and Trees color schemes.

    There are other theme settings that can help optimize your dark mode experience. You can also select Auto Night Mode to change things based on time of day, and AMOLED Night Mode, which removes all accent colors. A dark theme is also available for the web version by clicking your username and toggling Night Mode to on.

  • Signal Private Messenger

    Signal keeps your messages secure; make sure they look cool, too. To do this, tap your profile in the left corner, then select Appearance and Theme to swap between light and dark.
  • Slack

    Your favorite collaboration tool now has an easy-to-enable dark mode. Open the option menu from the top-right corner of any chat, tap Settings, and scroll down to Dark Mode. Then just toggle it on (iOS) or tap to enable (Android). After you do that, here are some more tips for keeping your Slack feed organized.
  • Telegram SMS

    In Telegram, tap the hamburger menu () and select Settings > Chat settings. Enable Auto-Night Mode and select a theme change based on time of day or select Theme > Dark to make it permanent.
  • Twitch

    The Twitch app makes it super easy to enable dark mode. Just go to your user profile, click the gear icon () in the right-hand corner, and tap Enable Dark Mode from the drop-down menu.
  • Twitter

    To enable dark mode on Twitter, tap your profile icon and select Settings and Privacy. Tap Display and sound > Night mode, and toggle it on (iOS) or select whether you want it on, off, or set to automatic (Android). If this dark blue theme is not dark enough for you, iPhone and iPad users also have a Lights Out option than makes things black. Android users will have to make do for now.
  • Weather Underground

    On the Weather Underground app, open the More menu, choose Settings, and select Dark Mode under Visual Style.
  • WhatsApp

    WhatsApp doesn’t have an official dark mode like the other apps here, but since it allows you to customize the wallpaper for each chat window, you can create your own dark theme to get the job done. You’ll have to do it for individual conversations, but it’s still possible.

    Open the settings window and tap wallpaper. There will be several different options to choose from, but the simplest way to get the job done is to select Solid Color, choose black among the color pallet options, and tap Set to finalize.

  • Wikipedia App

    To go dark on Wikipedia, tap the hamburger menu (), choose Settings, then App theme, where you can choose between light, dark, and black. You can even preview the different themes right from the menu.
  • YouTube

    Spare your eyes as you watch video after video on YouTube. On Android, tap your profile photo up top and select Settings > General > Dark theme and toggle it on. On iOS, tap your profile photo up top and select Settings > Dark theme and toggle it on. A dark theme is also available on the web. Click your profile picture and select the Dark Theme option.
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