If you spend a lot of time on your iPhone or Mac computer reading articles on the web, chances are that your eyes will hurt after sitting in front of the screen for several hours. Bright light and small font lead to eye strain, headaches and a decrease in focus. Windows users have had the Dark Mode for a long time and now it’s finally available for Safari users on iOS devices. You can get an extension for your Safari browser and read articles all night long. Read on and learn how to activate Dark Mode on your iOS device.
Dark Mode Shortcut for Any Website in Safari
There are a few ways you can get the Dark Mode working on your Safari browser. We will start with the Dark Mode V2 shortcut extension. Here is what you have to do to activate the dark mode in Safari.
- Open Safari and download Dark Mode V2 shortcut to your iOS device.
- When the download is over, configure the dark mode and add it to your library.
NOTE: If you have some shortcuts already, you already know how to configure one. If you are new to shortcuts, you have to name your shortcut and choose an icon you want to use. You can do it like this.
- Tap the “Library” tab.
- Look for the Dark Mode V2 shortcut, and tap on the three dots.
- Tap the “Settings” icon at the top-right corner.
- Select “Name field” and enter the name you want to use for this shortcut.
- Tap the “Icon” feature and choose the icon, color, and other details.
- Tap “Done,” and tap “Done” again to confirm.
Back to the setup:
- Open Safari and open your favorite website.
- Tap the “Share” button in the center bottom.
- Select “Shortcuts” in the pop-up window.
- Tap the Dark Mode V2 shortcut to start it up. If you can’t find it in your shortcuts, tap “More” to activate the switch for future use.
- Allow Dark Mode V2 to access the website you want by tapping “Allow.”
The Dark Mode will activate, and the website you are on will switch to a black background. That will make reading articles in the dark much easier on your eyes. You can repeat the process for every site you visit, and the Dark Mode will stay activated the next time you load them.
Using Dark Mode in Safari on iPad and iPhone
On the iPad and iPhone, Safari comes with a built-in reader mode designed to ease the pressure on your eyes during night reading. Here is how to activate it.
- Launch Safari from your iOS device.
- Go to the website you want to access in dark mode.
- Tap on the “Reader Mode” button found in the search bar.
- Tap on the “Text button.”
- Select the theme you want to use. The available options are Normal, Grey, Slightly Yellow, and Dark.
- Select “Dark” and the screen will turn dark right away.
Repeat the process for every website you want to read in dark mode.
Activating Dark Mode on macOS Mojave
Most Mac users had to wait for the macOS Mojave update to be able to activate the dark mode on their computers. Previous versions had to use shortcuts and you had to make exceptions for every site you wanted to view in the dark mode. So, if you have Mojave installed on your Mac, follow these steps to set the dark mode up.
- Open the Apple menu and select “System Preferences.”
- Select “General.”
- Select “Dark” in the “Appearance” options and all websites on your Safari will switch to a black background.
Dark Mode and Other Apps
You can use the Dark Mode for other apps, not just your Safari browser. If dark mode is enabled some apps will automatically have it activated. Here is a short how-to on toggling it on and off for the most popular apps on iOS.
Maps – If you want to use a dark background for maps with the Dark Mode activated, open the app and select “View,” and then select “Use Dark Map.”
Mail – If you want to use light mode when reading your emails, open your Mail and select “Mail,” then “Preferences.” Click on the “Viewing” tab and uncheck “Use dark backgrounds for messages.”
Notes – Your Notes will open with a black background if the Dark Mode is activated. You can disable it by selecting “Preferences,” and then deselecting “Use dark backgrounds for note content.”
TextEdit – You can switch to the Dark Mode when working in TextEdit by selecting “View,” then “Use Dark Background for Windows.”
Safari – With the Dark Mode turned on, all websites will show as dark when you load them. If some website doesn’t support the Dark Mode, you can use Safari Reader.
Ease the Strain on Your Eyes
Reading texts all night long can cause migraines and sore eyes and unpleasant muscle strain, so it’s always best you switch to the Dark Mode during the night time. Your eyes will be grateful, and you will be able to focus for longer periods. Who doesn’t want to increase productivity while keeping themselves heealthy?