How To Enable Dark Mode on Apple TV The Easy Way

The default viewing mode on Apple TV is bright, but you may also toggle to a darker setting if that’s more to your liking. If you think that switching to dark mode will improve your experience, you may be wondering how to do so on an Apple TV.

Can You enable dark mode on Apple TV?

Yes. You can enable dark mode on an Apple TV by navigating to the Settings menu, selecting General, and then the Appearance Tab. Enable dark mode, and use your TV as you normally would. You can also ask Siri to switch to dark mode. 

In this piece, I’ll show you how to activate dark mode on your Apple TV and explain why you should. C’mon, then, and we’ll get going.

How To Enable Dark Mode on Apple TV

1. Navigate To the Settings Option on Your Apple TV

Turn on your Apple TV with the remote control and head to the Settings menu.

When you initially switch on your TV, the Settings menu will appear on the screen in its own block; it looks like a cog wheel, the familiar icon for the Settings menu on other Apple products.

2. Select the General and Appearance Tabs

Assuming you’ve navigated to the Options menu, you should pick “General” and “Appearance” from the drop-down menus. The first menu selection you’ll see is labeled “General” on the screen’s right side.

When you click on General, a new set of options will become available to you. Look for a menu choice under “Appearance” on your remote’s menu; it should be the third one down.

3. Enable Dark Mode

You’ll find these three choices under “Appearance”:

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Automatic

As was indicated in the introduction, your TV’s default theme is “light mode,” which features a white background and a bright aesthetic.

Foreshadowed by its moniker, “dark mode” alters your screen’s background to black.

If you set your TV to the automatic setting, it will go into daytime viewing mode when it is bright outside and go into nighttime viewing mode when it gets dark outside.

When you switch to Automatic, it’ll take care of things like setting your time zone and location for you.

With these capabilities, the OS can determine when and under what conditions to switch modes.

You should update your TV’s software before switching to automated mode, though.

Here are the steps you need to take to update the software on your Apple TV:

  1. Go to the Settings button on your screen.
  2. Next, select System.
  3. Choose system updates from the menu.
  4. Click Update Software if you see the option.
  5. Next, select the option to Download and Install.

If you want to avoid having to download software updates manually, you can program your Apple TV to perform these automatically. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Go to the Settings panel.
  2. Next, select System.
  3. Choose Software Updates.
  4. Click Automatically Update.

4. Use Siri To Enable Dark Mode

This method of activating dark mode on your TV may be more convenient for you if you frequently use Siri on your Apple devices.

Before you do, make sure Hey Siri is turned on in the Apple TV settings.

There’s an option to turn on Siri during the first setup of your Apple TV.

If you’d rather not do it when you’re setting up the device, you can always do it later. If not, try these suggestions instead:

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  2. Select General.
  3. Choose Siri.
  4. Select the On option and Off if you want to turn it off later.

After Hey Siri is set up and running, you may launch the assistant by saying “Switch on Dark Mode” or “Turn off Dark Mode.” Siri is useful if you have a smart TV but want to manually toggle between different settings.

How Can You Gain From Switching to Night Mode on your Apple TV?

You may be wondering, now that you know how to activate dark mode on your Apple TV, whether or not it’s worth it. What are the most significant benefits of switching to dark mode?

Activating the dark mode has a calming effect on the eyes. It’s not good for your eyes to watch TV in the evenings, especially in the light setting, if the room isn’t well-lit.

Your eyes will have to strain to acclimatize to the screen’s brightness, which is in stark contrast to the dim lighting in the room.

It’s perfect for when you want to watch TV but your significant other needs to get some shut-eye. Use dark mode on your Apple TV if you want to watch it late at night while your companion is sleeping.

A scene with a lot of flashing may bring them up, but if the screen is dim and black, it may not.
Blue light is reduced in the dark mode.

Eye problems like macular degeneration and strain are linked to long-term exposure to blue light from electronic devices. Since blue light is emitted in proportion to the brightness of the screen, switching to dark mode is a good idea for anyone concerned about their eyes.

It’s a great choice for people who have migraines or epileptic seizures. Migraine sufferers and epileptics should avoid exposure to bright or flashing lights.

Turning the TV’s brightness down to “dark mode” can reduce the risk of seizures and headaches caused by sudden, bright screen changes.

Switching to night mode could improve your sleep quality. The reduced brightness and absence of blinking lights make dark mode viewing more soothing.

If you find yourself calmer while watching television in the evenings, you may find that you sleep better than usual.

The Apple TV is a fantastic device for listening to music. Playing music on an Apple TV is a popular pastime. Turning on dark mode helps reduce distractions and set a calm mood when you need background music for studying, working, or entertaining.

In Conclusion…

You can quickly and easily enable dark mode on your Apple TV by following the instructions shown above. Nothing more is required but a TV, a few minutes, and a remote.

In addition to using the toggle switch, you can activate dark mode by telling your Siri Assistant (if it’s already running) to do so. The two modes are available, and you can have the best of both worlds by setting your Apple TV to switch between them automatically: dark mode in the night and light mode during the day.