Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Turn Mac Dark Mode on or off in macOS Mojave Protect your eyesight with this easy-to-use feature By Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated November 18, 2019 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email Apple introduced Dark Mode for the Mac in macOS Mojave. Dark Mode is a system-level setting that works with all the apps that come with the Mac. Third-party apps can opt to use the Dark Mode as well. Dark Mode makes it easier for you to focus on your work and is easy on your eyes. Macs with macOS Mojave don't come with Dark Mode turned on, but the process to turn it on or off is simple. Information in this article applies to Macs with macOS Mojave or later, except as otherwise indicated. If you haven't updated to a recent version of the Mac operating system, follow the instructions for installing macOS updates from the Mac App Store. How to Turn on or off Dark Mode on a Mac With macOS Mojave or later installed perform the following steps: Launch System Preferences by selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu or clicking the System Preferences icon in the Dock. Select the General preference pane on the System Preferences screen. Next to Appearance, click the Dark icon to turn on Dark Mode. (Select the Light icon to return to Light Mode.) When you turn on Dark Mode, it is applied to menus, buttons, and windows — including the System Preferences window — immediately. Using Dark Mode The Apple-supplied apps, such as Photos, Mail, Maps, and Calendar all support Dark Mode. However, if you were hoping for complete darkness to settle onto your Mac, there is another step to take — tone down the Mac's desktop. You can choose your own dark custom image for the desktop, but using one of the Dynamic desktop images or dark still images included with macOS Mojave and later is a better solution. About Dynamic Desktop Images Dynamic Desktop Images change appearance, tracking the time of day and producing darker wallpaper at night and brighter desktops during the day. However, the Dynamic Desktop images included with your Mac can be set to display a light or dark image continuously. If you choose the dark desktop image, you can further enhance the Dark Mode interface. Launch System Preferences and select Desktop & Screen Saver. Select the Desktop tab if it is not already chosen and click Desktop Pictures in the Apple section of the sidebar. Click on one of the Dynamic Desktop images and select Dynamic in the drop-down menu next to the large thumbnail of the image. These images move from light to dark as the day progresses. If you prefer the desktop to remain dark all the time, select Dark (still) from the drop-down menu next to the image thumbnail or choose one of the dark versions of Apple screens in the Desktop Pictures section immediately beneath the Dynamic Desktop images. The desktop changes to show the image you select. Night Shift Can Ease Eyestrain Dark Mode isn't the only feature built into macOS that can help relieve eyestrain. Night Shift adjusts your display's brightness and white point balance depending on the time of day to reduce fatigue. It changes the colors of your display to be warmer after dark. Night Shift first appeared on iPhones and iPads and came to the Mac with macOS Sierra. It is often used with still desktop images, but when activated with a Dark Mode desktop, Night Shift keeps bright blue light at bay, easing eye strain and allowing you to feel more relaxed in the evening. Turn on Night Shift in System Preferences > Displays > Night Shift.