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How to enable dark mode in real life

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Joe Fedewa / Instruction Geek

Dark mode is a feature on almost every device and app you can think of. Android, iPhone, Windows, macOS, Chromebooks, you name it. But in the real world, you’re stuck in light mode half the time. Let’s fix that.

dark mode for your eyes

Your eyes don’t have the ability to adjust to lighting conditions, but there is a handy accessory called “sunglasses” that can do the job for you. They have tinted lenses embedded in a frame that sits on the nose, obscuring anything you look through them. Despite the name, they can be used to block more than just sunlight.

Dark mode for your room

Just about any building you find yourself in, including your own home, has rectangular boxes scattered along the walls. You’ve probably been curious about the purpose of these mystery boxes, especially the ones with switches. You can actually use these switches to turn off the lights in a room, effectively enabling dark mode.

But what about those big cutouts in the walls that let the sunlight inside? It’s not as simple as flipping a switch. Fortunately, there is a clever solution called “curtains” or “blinds”. Shades are usually long pieces of fabric that can be slid on a track above the opening in the wall. Blinds generally work vertically to block the opening.

CHICOLOGY mini blinds

1-inch plastic slats that can be opened or closed to let outside sun through the window.

dark mode for sleeping

Usually, people use dark mode on their devices at night, when bright light is not welcome. Features like “Night Shift” and “Night Light” are also useful before bed. However, these features do not address light from other sources while you sleep.

Curtains are useful for blocking light, but they are not always 100% effective. A more direct approach is something called a “sleeping mask.” No, we’re not talking about Halloween masks! A sleep mask is a piece of padded material that fits over the eyes and is held by a strap around the head. While some dark modes simply dim the environment, a sleep mask provides a dark mode of pure black.

Auto dark mode

The dark mode methods described above are effective in their own unique ways, but they have one thing in common: they must be activated manually. There are a few methods you can use to enable dark mode in real life automatically.

Putting on and taking off sunglasses throughout the day is a hassle. The good news is that you can get sunglasses that automatically darken when they detect bright light. Just keep them on all day and dark mode will automatically turn on when needed!

Those switches on your walls don’t need to be manually thrown either. Smart switches can be used to set schedules or follow sunrise and sunset to turn lights on and off. A house full of smart switches can quickly go dark mode.

You also don’t need to manually open and close curtains or blinds to block out light. Smart blinds can be programmed to close when the sun is brightest so you never have to live with light mode in your home.

Dark mode on the many devices in our lives with screens is just one piece of the puzzle. To truly live the dark mode life, you need to think beyond the bright screens. Fortunately, with technology like sunglasses, light switches, shades, and sleep masks, it’s now easier than ever. Happy April Fools Day!


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