How to Turn on Windows 11 Dark Mode

See if the dark theme is easier on your eyes

What to Know

  • Open Windows Settings > Personalization > Themes, and select Dark from the drop-down menu.
  • Dark mode will reduce contrast from the screen and your room, but you can customize it if it doesn’t work for you.
  • Customize dark themes: Settings > Personalization > Themes and selecting Custom, or switch back to light theme by selecting Light.

This article explains how to turn on Windows 11 Dark Mode, which is a special mode designed to be used in darker environments (or just if you like it).

Is There a Dark Mode for Windows 11?

Windows 11 includes a built-in dark mode which will automatically switch Windows to a dark theme. This feature works very similar to the Windows 10 dark theme feature introduced to Window 10 by an update patch, but it’s available in Windows 11 by default, without anything extra to download or install.

Here’s how to enable dark mode in Windows 11:

  1. Right-click the Windows icon on the taskbar.

     The Windows icon highlighted in the Windows 11 taskbar.
  2. Click Settings.

    Settings highlighted in the main Windows 11 menu.
  3. Click Personalization.

    Personalization highlighted in Windows 11 settings.
  4. Click Themes.

    Themes highlighted in Windows 11 personalization.
  5. Click the drop-down menu in the choose your mode section.

    The choose your mode drop-down highlighted in Windows 11 personalization.
  6. Click Dark.

    Dark highlighted in the Windows 11 choose your mode color settings.
  7. Windows 11 will automatically switch to dark mode.

    Windows 11 dark mode.

Can You Make Windows Dark Mode?

Windows dark mode is a feature built into Windows 11, so you don’t have to make it, you just have to turn it on. However, Windows 11 does allow for a little bit of customization. If you choose custom instead of light or dark, you can set light and dark mode independently for the Windows interface and apps, in case you prefer dark mode for Windows itself and light mode for apps, or the other way around. You can also set a custom highlight color and have it appear in windows and the taskbar.

Here’s how to use the Windows 11 dark mode customization options:

  1. Open Settings, and click Personalization.

    Personalization highlighted in Windows 11 settings.
  2. Click Themes.

    Themes highlighted in Windows 11 personalization settings.
  3. Click the drop-down menu in the choose your mode section, and select Custom.

    Custom highlighted in the Windows 11 colors choose your mode menu.
  4. Click the Choose your default Windows mode drop-down, and select light or dark.

    Light and Dark highlighted in the Choose your default Windows mode drop-down.
  5. Click the Choose your default app mode drop-down, and choose light or dark.

    Light and Dark highlighted in the Choose your default app mode drop-down.
  6. Scroll down, and select a custom accent color.

    Custom accent colors in Windows personalization.
  7. Scroll down, and click the toggles for Show accent color on Start and taskbar and Show accent color on title bars and windows borders if you want your accent color to appear in those locations.

    If you want to try a high contrast theme for light sensitivity, click Contrast themes.

    Show accent color on Start and taskbar, and Show accent color on title bars and window borders highlighted.
  8. Click the Contrast themes drop-down, and select one of the themes.

    Contrast themes highlighted in Windows accessibility settings.
  9. Click Apply to set the high contrast theme.

    Apply highlighted in Windows accessibility contrast themes.

Using the Windows 11 Night Light Feature

Windows 11 includes a built-in blue light filter called Night Light. The idea behind this feature is to reduce the contrast from your screen and your surroundings.

Night Light gradually shifts the color temperature of your screen from blue tones during the day to warmer orange tones at night. Since the process is gradual, you’re unlikely to notice it unless you look at a Night Light screen next to a screen without Night Light enabled.

Night Light can be used together with Windows 11 dark mode or on its own. Here’s how to turn on Night Light in Windows 11:

  1. Open Settings, and click Night Light.

    Night light highlighted in Windows display settings.

    If you don't see the Night Light setting, click System in the Settings menu.

  2. Night Light will turn on. To adjust the settings, click the > icon located to the right of the Night Light toggle.

    The > icon to the right of the On toggle highlighted in Windows Night light display settings.
  3. Use the slider to adjust the strength of the Night Light effect, sliding to the left for less of an effect, and to the right for a stronger effect.

    Windows 11 Night light settings.
FAQ
  • How do I enable dark mode in Windows 10?

    Turn on the Windows 10 dark theme. Open the Windows Start menu and select Settings > Personalization > Colors. From Choose your default Windows mode and/or or Choose your default app mode, click Dark.

  • How do I turn off Chrome dark mode in Windows?

    One method is to disable dark mode for apps from Settings > Personalization > Colors > Choose your default app mode > Light. To turn off dark mode in Chrome only, change your Google Chrome theme. Launch a new tab and select Customize Chrome in the lower-right corner > Color and theme and select a lighter color profile.

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