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How To Enable Dark Mode on Safari

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.

Safari’s Native Dark Mode Function

Some users may be surprised to know that Safari (even older versions) already has a dark mode feature built-in. This function won’t work for every website because it’s meant to help ease the strain on your eyes while reading.

Using ‘Reader View’ within Safari, users can not only eliminate ads using this feature, but they can also change their screen to dark mode. Here’s how you can use the Reader View to darken your screen:

Open Safari and visit the website you’re interested in

Tap the Reader tab, then tap ‘aA.’ Select the dark view

Of course, this won’t work for every web page it will work for any blogs or articles that you’re trying to read so we have a few more options listed below.

Safari Dark Mode

Night Eye for Safari

This is another download available in the App Store [12] for Safari’s lack of dark mode options.

Although this app is free to download, it will cost you $39.99/year to use it. The free option, ‘NightEye Lite’ is available for free but will limit you to five websites which is perfect for someone who is looking to activate only a handful of pages. The extension offers full image support and the ability to use the features on multiple platforms.

Download Night Eye for Safari

Visit your Mac’s App Store and download the extension.

Activate the Extension

Tap on the Night Eye extension and choose the dark mode option. If there’s a website you’d like to view without dark mode, simply tap the extension again and choose “Normal.”

With great reviews and the 24/7 support team, this is definitely an add-on worth looking into.

Nightlight for Safari

Another great option available for Safari is the Nightlight browser extension [13]. The extension is free and available for those using macOS 10.13 or later. This is an Excellent, lightweight addition to your browser.

With the optional timer settings, you can enjoy dark mode on Safari without ever having to toggle it on and off. The nightlight will automatically shift the color patterns when at night, then back again during the day.

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.

  1. Launch Safari from your iOS device.
  2. Go to the website you want to access in dark mode.
  3. Tap on the “Reader Mode” button found in the search bar.
  4. Tap on the “Text button.”
  5. Select the theme you want to use. The available options are Normal, Grey, Slightly Yellow, and Dark.
  6. Select “Dark” and the screen will turn dark right away.

Repeat the process for every website you want to read in dark mode.

Dark Mode on macOS Mojave & Catalina

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.

  1. Open the Apple menu and select “System Preferences.”
  2. Select “General.”
  3. Select “Dark” in the “Appearance” options and all websites on your Safari will switch to a black background.

dark mode mojave

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 healthy?