Dark Mode is a newer feature on (MacBook) Mac computers running macOS Mojave (version 10.14) and macOS Catalina (version 10.15) that allows users to change the colors of their interface, and better focus on the projects at hand. The feature uses dark color schemes to mute background windows and buttons while highlighting the content that you’re using. In this post, you will learn how to enable dark on Macbook on macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.
However, Dark Mode for Mac debuted in macOS Mojave as a quick way to change the appearance of the device from the design bright theme. The new release of macOS Catalina is a software update that enhances how Dark Mode functions with new features.
Meanwhile, macOS Catalina lets you prepare when Dark Mode is enabled. It is based on sunset and sunrise by default. There are also ways to easily move between light or dark themes and set specific devices to their own themes. Read more about mastering Dark Mode for Mac.
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What is Dark Mode?
Dark Mode is a feature that allows MacBook users to switch to a completely different darker mode that transforms everything across the device. With Dark Mode on, the Calendar app will return to a black background and the style will be close to the color of the box, the Messages Bubbles will turn gray with white text, and the Finder background will be black as well.
Which Macs are supported?
If your machine can run macOS Mojave or later including macOS Catalina, Dark Mode is a built-in feature. These Mac computers are supported:
- MacBook models introduced in early 2015 or later
- MacBook Air models introduced in mid-2012 or later
- MacBook Pro models introduced in mid-2012 or later
- Mac mini models introduced in late 2012 or later
- iMac models introduced in late 2012 or later
- iMac Pro
- Mac Pro models introduced in 2013 or later
How to Get Dark Mode on MacBook ( macOS Catalina & Mojave)
Catalina and Mojave users may choose to switch Dark Mode on when they first install the operating system during the setup process. If you choose not to follow these steps, switch on Dark Mode:
Step 1. Open “System Preferences.” This can be accomplished by clicking on the “System Preferences” icon in the toolbar (it looks like a gray box with a gear inside) or by selecting the Apple icon in the top left corner and then clicking “System Preferences…”
Step 2. Select the “General” icon. dark mode on MacBook
Step 3. macOS Catalina includes three appearance options:
- Light Uses light appearance.
- Dark Activates Dark Mode.
- Auto Activates light mode during the day and Dark Mode at night. Note that the “Auto” selection is only available for macOS Catalina.
While macOS Mojave has only two Appearance option:
Appearances in light and dark mode only change when you choose a different appearance manually. Do you prefer both options? Auto sets your Mac to switch between Light and Dark Mode automatically, based on the time of day.
Step 4. Select Dark to activate dark mode on your MacBook.
Dark Mode is a system-wide appearance in macOS Catalina, but there are a few exceptions. Those applications and features include their own option to disable Dark Mode. For example, Mail automatically attempts to use dark backgrounds for messages when using Dark Mode. If you want to run Dark Mode but prefer to read light background emails, you can use Mail to set this preference. dark mode on MacBook
Mail > Preferences > Viewing > turn off “Use dark backgrounds for messages.”
It’s pretty simple to activate dark mode on Macbook on macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina. However, in macOS Mojave, there is only two appearance option, dark and light. Meanwhile, in Catalina, you will get the Auto option as well which will allow you to activate light mode during the day and Dark Mode at night. dark mode on MacBook
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