Dark Mode: View ANY website in Safari in dark mode (even without extensions)

Dark Mode was introduced to the Mac in 2019 with macOS Mojave. We will have advantages of the dark mode a little later presented in February 2020. Recently there was a short comment under this post: "Unfortunately, this website still does not know the dark mode...' by reader Martin. Well, that's the way it is. If you don't want to make a complaint, but want to take responsibility for ensuring that websites (not just those from Sir Apfelot) are displayed on your Mac in Safari with a dark background and light font, you've come to the right place. Because you don't have to complain about the lack of a dark mode function if you can simply use the reader.

Here you can find out how to display any website in Safari on the Mac in dark mode. You don't even need it for dark mode on websites

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Tip 1: Activate Reader view with cmd + Shift + R

I have the Safari Reader view for you already presented in November 2019, at that time still as a tip against advertising and self-running videos on websites. The reader view is not only available on the Mac, but also in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. On Mac, you can find them in the menu bar presentation -> Show Reader. It is faster with the key combination ⌘⇧R. If you have activated the function for a page, you can also select four colors for the background as well as the font and font size for the text with the aA symbol in the address bar.

Quick and easy: If the Sir Apfelot blog hurts your eyes, you can activate the reader view of the Safari browser.

Quick and easy: If the Sir Apfelot blog hurts your eyes, you can activate the reader view of the Safari browser.

Tip 2: Automatically activate Safari Reader View

So that you don't have to keep clicking in the menu bar or using the key combination shown, you can also save the pages that are too bright for you for the automatic reader display. Admittedly, this doesn't always work smoothly, but it still saves manual work and time. To pack a website into the corresponding list, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the website that hurts your eyes in Safari
  2. Click in the menu bar Safari -> Settings ...
  3. Select the tab in the window that opens Websites from
  4. Now click in the left column Reader
  5. Changes under Sites currently open the setting from "off" to "on"
The somewhat different blacklist: In the Safari settings you can specify which websites should automatically activate the reader view (sometimes this works with a delay).

The somewhat different blacklist: In the Safari settings you can specify which websites should automatically activate the reader view (sometimes this works with a delay).

Reader View Limitations in Safari

The Safari reader view on the Mac, iPhone and iPad therefore has a number of advantages - such as dark mode for all websites or the ability to adjust the type and size of the font. However, the reading view of web pages also omits some of the content presented on them. Videos are, of course, atypical for a book or e-book, as are advertisements. 

In addition, there may be certain built-in objects such as Amazon boxes or product lists. Download buttons and similar elements can also fall victim to the eBook look. You should keep this in mind if a website appears incomplete in Safari Reader or the text refers to missing elements.

Tip 3: Safari Extensions That Show Any Webpage In Dark Mode

There are several "Dark Mode" extensions for Safari, some of which promise easy switching of the look and other times numerous customization options. I haven't tried any of them myself, but I keep reading about examples like "Night Eye" (expensive), "Dark Mode for Safari" (cheap) or "Nightlight for Safari" (free, but not updated for years) in various sources. . If you have experience using these Safari extensions for dark mode on any website, please leave a comment :)

  • Night Eye on the Mac App Store: Here
  • Dark Mode for Safari on the Mac App Store: Here
  • Nightlight for Safari on the Mac App Store: Here
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2 comments

  1. Martin says:

    Hi Sir, thank you for taking up the topic again and I stayed true ;-) Thank you for the tips!
    gruß
    Martin

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