How to Disable Dark Mode in Windows 10, macOS, Android, and iOS

Elsie Otachi

Few things are more jarring than opening a program or app on your computer, phone, or tablet, and a burst of brightness hits your eyes. It’s no wonder app developers and manufacturers are offering Dark Mode to spare your eyes the strain while using your device, particularly at night.

How To Disable Dark Mode On Devices

While it changes your device’s typical bright theme to a darker one, it also helps save battery life, and ultimately ensures your sleep pattern isn’t interfered with – at least not because of the screen.

Dark mode may look better, but not everyone prefers using it. We’ve looked at various ways to disable dark mode on different apps, but we’re going to show you how to disable it on different devices.

Disable Dark Mode in Windows 10

It’s almost inevitable that you’ll use your computer for prolonged hours, especially while at work.

Fortunately, Windows 10 users can reduce the potential eye strain by activating the dark theme, which came as one of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update features. The system-level color scheme is customizable such that it can display darker tones on menus and backgrounds, making it easier on your eyes.

The dark theme changes several apps like Microsoft Edge, Calendar, Mail, Store, Settings, Calculator, Alarms, and Clocks to dark mode too.

It won’t flip all aspects of the system to dark mode, though. For instance, File Explorer retains its default color scheme, while for other apps, you’d have to enable dark mode in their individual settings.

To disable dark mode or dark theme in Windows 10, take the steps below:

Step 1: Click Start and select the gear icon to open Settings.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Windows Settings

Step 2: Click Personalization.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Windows Settings Personalisation

Step 3: Select Colors and then scroll down to Choose your default app mode.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Windows Personalisation Color Default App Mode

Step 4: Click Light.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Windows Color Default App Mode Light

Disable Dark Mode in macOS

Like Windows, Apple’s dark mode is a system-level setting in macOS that works with all the apps your Mac computer comes with.

The Night Shift option alters the display’s color balance, which restores blue light during the daytime, and reduces it in the evening hours for less eye strain and better sleep. The challenge is in finding the controls for this feature, and setting it up can be a bit of a hassle.

Apple’s dark mode is a system-level setting in macOS

Dark mode made a debut with macOS 10.14 Mojave, and isn't enabled by default. However, turning it on is as easy as turning it off.

If your Mac runs macOS Mojave or later version, take the steps below to turn off the dark mode:

Step 1: Click the Apple Menu and select System Preferences.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences

Step 2: In System Preferences screen, click General preference.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences General

Step 3: Click the Light icon next to Appearance to return to Light Mode.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences General Appearance Light

Note: When you upgrade to macOS Catalina, you can select the Auto mode, which allows you to automatically use the light mode during daytime, and dark mode in the evening hours or night time.

If you’re running El Capitan or OS X Yosemite, dark mode turns the background darker, and the fonts become white, and the effect is spread across the menu bar and its items, dock, and drop-down menu. You can disable it using the steps below:

Step 1: Click the Apple Menu and select System Preferences.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences

Step 2: In System Preferences screen, click General.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences General

Step 3: You’ll see a checkbox: Use dark menu bar and dock. Click to deselect it, and you’ll immediately see the light effect restored in the menu bar, menu bar items, and a transparent light gray background at the dock.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Mac System Preferences General Use Dark Menu Bar Dock

Disable Dark Mode on Android

Android devices also have the dark mode, except for a few phones from brands like Samsung, Huawei, Honor, OnePlus, ASUS, and Nexus. These companies opt to make Night Mode a menu option, instead of a standard feature.

The dark theme is based on dark colors and blacks, which complement the traditional light one, to offer two distinct options for the current generation of Android devices.

The good news is that you can override the dark mode or night mode setting when you want by doing the following:

Step 1: Open Settings or swipe down from the top of your device’s screen to display the Quick Settings menu.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Android Settings

Step 2: Tap Display.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Android Settings Display

If you’re using Quick Settings, just find the Night Mode icon and tap once to turn it off).

Disable Dark Mode Devices Android Quick Settings Night Mode

Step 3: Tap to toggle the Dark Theme or Night Mode switch to off.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Android Display Night Mode

Disable Dark Mode on iOS

iPhones and iPads also got the dark mode feature with the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

For iPhones with OLED displays like the X series and the new 11 series, the dark mode setting helps maximize battery life, though other models also experience some improvement on the same.

If you’re not much of a fan of the dark mode feature, you can disable it in three ways: from Settings, Control Center, or using Siri.

Disable dark mode on iPhone or iPad using Settings

Step 1: Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Ios Settings Display Brightness

Step 2: You’ll see two options in the Appearance section: Light or Dark. Select Light to disable or leave Dark Mode.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Ios Display Brightness Appearance Light

Disable dark mode on iPhone or iPad using Control Center

Step 1: Open Control Center on your iOS device. Touch and hold down the brightness control icon.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Ios Control Center Brightness

Step 2: Tap Dark Mode Off to leave Dark Mode.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Ios Control Center Brightness Dark Mode Off

Disable dark mode on iPhone or iPad using Siri

You can turn off dark mode by simply commanding Siri to do it for you. Just say something like — Hey Siri, turn off dark mode. And it’ll disappear.

Disable Dark Mode Devices Ios Siri Dark Mode

Bid Goodbye to The Night

We hope you now know how to get back to the default light background you had on your device before the dark mode theme took over your screen.

If you don't like using dark mode throughout the day, you can always change your device's settings to have a lighter background in the daytime, and a dimmer one in the evening hours. That way, you're not necessarily subjecting your eyes to prolonged exposure to light that would otherwise cause more strain as you work or browse.

Next up: iOS 13 and iPadOS have the dark mode feature integrated throughout the operating system from settings to built-in apps and system-level views. If you don't fancy using it in the new setup, the article below will show you how to disable it.

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Elsie Otachi

Elsie is a technology writer whose goal is to help people out with useful solutions to their daily tech issues in a simple, straightforward and unbiased style. When she's not writing or dabbling with gadgets and apps, Elsie loves to binge on her favorite series on Netflix, listen to music, or read a good book.