Switch To Windows 10 Night Mode & Night Light

Switching to either night mode or night light in windows 10 can be very convenient to you if you haven’t tried it out.

If you haven’t, i will show you how.

This will include converting your file explorer, windows apps, browsers, and theme into a dark or night mode experience.

I know the feeling of using that regular windows 10 daylight display, it’s not fun for your eyes when you have to stare at the screen all day.

Ever since I figured out that there’s so much you can do with windows 10 which includes how to enable night mode on windows 10, it changed my whole experience and now I can comfortably stare at my screen as much as I want.

Now, I am willing to show you the steps I took to make this happen.


To find the MAC address on Windows 10, click on the Windows 10 MAC Address link for detailed instructions.

Before I get started,

Let me brief you a little on what you should understand about night mode and night light in windows 10.

You can navigate through the table of contents to jump to your interest.

What Is Windows 10 Night Mode?

Night mode can be referred to as dark mode or dark theme, which is a feature that enables you to use a light-on-dark color scheme in windows 10.

This simply means using a light-colored text, icons, and graphical user interface elements on a dark background.

Here’s an image comparison between the regular windows 10 display and dark or night mode.

The images above shows the difference between windows 10 default white mode and night mode.

You should know that there are other places in windows 10 that can be converted into night or dark mode. I only gave one example using file explorer so you can understand what I am trying to explain better.

What is Windows 10 Night Light?

Night light is a feature on Windows 10 that changes your display from blue light to a warmer color at night.

This feature can help you to reduce eye strain and help you fall asleep after staying up late working on your computer.

The cool things about night light is that you can set a specific time for your computer to automatically enable night light.

Here’s a comparison between blue light and night light on Windows 10.

The images above shows the difference between windows 10 night mode and night light.

It might look like there’s no difference but if you look closely, you should be able to tell.

Now that you have an idea of what night mode is, let me show you the aspects of windows 10 you can convert into night mode.

How to Switch to Night Mode on Windows 10

On Windows 10, there are several places you can enable dark mode.

Please follow the instructions carefully.

Here’s how

Turn on Night Light

Here’s how,

  1. Navigate to your taskbar and click on the notification icon. If you can’t find any icon, it means they are missing and you need to restore those missing icons.
windows right taskbar tools
  1. Look for night light and click on it. Night light must be highlighted with your theme color to confirm it is enabled.
windows 10 taskbar notification

Here’s another way to turn on night light on windows 10.

  1. Search for night light in windows search
searching for night light in windows search
  1. Click on night light among the search result.
night light result in windows search
  1. Now, click on turn on now inside night light settings.
night light settings in windows 10

Customize Night Light

Here’s how,

  1. Search for night light in windows search.
searching for night light in windows search
  1. Click on night light among the search result.
night light result in windows search
  1. Inside night light settings, you can configure night light under strength and schedule.
night settings in windows 10

Strength enables you to toggle right and left to increase and decrease warmth.

Schedule enables you to set a time for night light to come on automatically.

Switch to Dark Theme

Switching to a dark theme will change file explorer, control panel and windows 10 settings into a dark mode.

Here’s how,

  1. Search for color settings in windows search.
searching for night settings in windows
  1. Click on color settings from the search result.
color settings
  1. Under choose your color, set it to dark.
windows 10 dark theme

Switch Your Browser to Night Mode

There are different browsing software on windows 10 but, I will on be sharing info on the two main browser which are:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft edge

Google Chrome

There’s no specific feature in google chrome that gives you an option to turn on night mode.

Google chrome’s night mode automatically turns on when you switch to a dark theme.

If you want to know how to switch to a dark theme, follow this link.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft edge.
left taskbar tools
  1. Click on the three dotted icon three dotted icon located at your upper right-hand corner.
  1. Select settings among the list of options.
accessing settings in microsoft edge
  1. Under customize, change your theme to dark.
customize in microsoft edge

Switch Windows 10 Apps to Night Mode

Most apps including Microsoft office on windows 10 can be converted to night mode.

Here’s how,

Microsoft Office

  1. Open any Microsoft software. Microsoft word is fine.
  1. Navigate to account located by your lower left corner.
microsoft office welcome option
  1. Under office theme, choose dark gray.
microsoft office theme

Any Windows Apps

Note – not all windows 10 apps have the night mode feature but as for the ones that have, here’s how to enable it.

  1. Make sure your windows 10 is up to date.
  1. Open the app.
  1. Go to settings.
  1. Click on personalization.
  1. Look for dark mode and click on it.

Switch Desktop to Night Mode

On windows 10, you can change your entire desktop to complete night mode.

Here’s how,

  1. Press the following command on your keyboard to turn on high contrast.
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScr

2. A pop up will be displayed asking you to choose between yes and no.

turn on high contrast?
3. Choose yes.
yes turn on high contrast

Set Accent Color to Night Mode

Windows 10 has a feature called accent color where you can set what colors you want your icons, tiles, and other screen elements to be. Windows accent colors are displayed in palette so you have a variety of color option to pick from. For the sake of this article, I will be showing you how to choose a dark color that gives you that night mode feeling. Here’s how, 1. Search for color settings in windows search.
searching for night settings in windows
2. Click on color settings from the search result.
color settings
3. Under windows colors, choose one of the last four colors by your left-hand corner to give you that night mode experience.
windows 10 accent color

Customize Accent Color

While in color settings, click on custom color.
custom accent color in windows 10
A pop up will be revealed asking you to choose a custom color.
customize accent color in windows 10
Now you can play around with the colors to find the one you prefer the most.
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