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How to Enable the Apple TV’s Dark Mode


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Many people are big fans of late night television, but the all-white user interface of the Apple TV can be blinding to look at right after you watched The Dark Knight. Here’s how to enable dark mode on the Apple TV to make your light-night TV escapades more enjoyable.

Dark mode is a new feature that was introduced in tvOS 10, so you’ll need to make sure your Apple TV is up to date first. Then, to enable it, start by opening up the settings app on the home screen.

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Select “General”

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Scroll down a bit to “Appearance” and select it.

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After that, the theme will change to a darker color, going from “Light” to “Dark”, as Apple calls it.

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You can now go back to the main screen, where it will appear dark as well.

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The bad news is that apps are completely separate from the Apple TV’s menus, so if there’s an Apple TV app that has a particularly blinding white theme that you wish you could make darker, that’s something you’ll have to take up with that specific app developer. In the mean time, though, you can at least make the menus of your Apple TV more bearable, and many apps are introducing dark mode to go along with this sleek new look.

Craig Lloyd is TIME Magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year, as well as a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, and an introvert to the max. He began his career as a young, naive teenager tinkering around with the family computer and has since blossomed into the beautiful geek that he is today.


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