The bright white backgrounds of most webpages can cause headaches after long periods of staring at a screen. These bright webpages can be extremely damaging to your eyes, especially if you frequently surf the internet late at night while surrounded by darkness. As a result, many websites now have “Dark Mode,” which changes the color scheme of the site to dark black or gray. This is also an option on most computers and smartphones.
This isn’t the norm everywhere, and the majority of websites don’t have any kind of dark mode. However, you can still force most websites to display in dark mode by using a browser extension or a smartphone app. You can save your eyesight by installing the Dark Reader extension or app, which allows you to change the colors of any page.
How to use the Dark Reader extension
The browser extension is the first way to use Dark Reader. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge are all supported. This can be easily downloaded for any of these browsers using the links on the company’s website. Once you’ve added the extension to your preferred browser, it will begin working automatically.
Dark Reader will analyze each website you visit and convert any bright colors to darker ones. You can also change the brightness, contrast, sepia, and grayscale for the dark mode in some browsers, such as Firefox. You can also configure Dark Reader to only work on specific websites by going to the “Site List” tab and entering the URLs you want to be set to “Inverted” or “Not Inverted.”
If you go to the “More” tab, you can also change the default theme to a custom one, allowing you to customize how websites appear when using Dark Reader.
How to use Dark Reader on mobile
Dark Reader is also available for use on the iPhone and Android devices. On iOS devices, go to the app store and download the Dark Reader app to access the same dark mode features. Once downloaded, you can open the settings by tapping on the puzzle piece icon in Safari (via Dark Reader).
If you’re an Android user, you’ll need to download Firefox to use the Dark Reader extension because Chrome isn’t supported on Android. To add Dark Reader to Firefox, go to the menu (three dot icon), then “Add-ons,” and search for it. When added to Firefox, it will begin automatically switching web pages to dark mode. By tapping on Dark Reader, you can change the settings in the “Add-ons” section. This allows you to customize Dark Reader in the same way that the desktop browser extension does.