How do I turn on Mac’s dark mode?

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Enabling the dark mode appearance on your Apple computer is a setting found in System Preferences. For operating systems macOS 10.14 (Mojave and later) the setting is system-wide. The Mac system-wide dark mode setting controls the look of your Chrome browser, too.

The dark theme look for Macs is easy to turn on; it only takes three steps.

Steps to turn on Dark Mode on a Mac

  1. Click the Apple dropdown menu and select System Preferences
  2. Next, choose General
  3. The first set of General settings relate to Appearance, select Dark
Step 1: Apple > System Preferences
Step 1: Apple > System Preferences
Step 2: Apple > System Preferences > General
Step 2: Apple > System Preferences > General
Apple > Preferences > General > Appearance (Light, Dark, or Auto)
Step 3: Apple > System Preferences > General > Appearance (Light, Dark, or Auto)

That’s all there is to it. Now, open your Chrome browser and you’ll see that all your tabs are in dark mode. You’ll also notice system-wide changes across your desktop and applications.

Enjoy your low-light computer time!

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