5 things you should know about dark mode


  • Vivaldi Team

    Dark interfaces have been around for a while, but they’ve never been as popular as they are today. Here we find out if dark mode is better for you. Take a look.

    Click here to see the full blog post


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    For me dark mode is helpful in a psychological way on a PC. I use regular light mode during the day when I should be focusing on working, and auto switch to dark mode at night, as a signal to use my computer less.

    I use dark mode on my phone all the time because it has an OLED screen.


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    I do not find dark mode more legible, quite the opposite. Reader View is better if I just need to soften the glare of white pages.

    I am Moderate Deutan colour-blind.


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    Many people don't know that any dark color saves the battery on OLED, not just the "real black". Yes, the real black saves the most but also creates screen tearing and too big contrast difference, hence I usually prefer dark gray.



  • I prefer dark because light backgrounds are too bright for me and usually dark feels more elegant. On the other hand I do not like high contrast so it's best for me when background is dark gray and text is light gray, beige or something like that.



  • I absolutely HATED when Android went all-white with it's rubbish Material UI and all it's ugly, unclear, non-intuitive changes. The very opposite of the calming dark Android 4 interface which looked great on the OLED screen of my first Galaxy S. (I could read e-books on that phone with dark orange text on a perfect black background - these days I wake up in the middle of the night as my wife checks her phone and it's like a police searchlight!)

    Having been in contact with tech since a kid in the 1970s, I was used to the old green-screen monochrome monitors and always preferred a light text on a dark background. Even the first computer I bought myself, an Amstrad CPC464, had yellow text on a dark blue background which looked lovely and was supposed to maximise contrast and reduce eye strain.

    And I felt the same way with windowing GUIs - of the early ones I always preferred the darker coloured SunOS and other *NIX flavours over the (frankly crappy looking) Apple and Windows desktops.

    I've also wished that more websites got away from the newsprint trope of black on white...


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    My eyes are no longer as they were and black letters on a white background I like in a book, but not on a screen, where the white background dazzles me greatly.
    This is why I always prefer a dark background with light letters, which I find infinitely more readable and pleasant to my eyes.
    The Dark Reader extension is therefore a must have for me, for the pages that require it. Although Vivaldi includes among its functions of inverting colors, it must be adjusted on each page, since it does not save preferences on each site.



  • If light mode is hard on your eyes, your screen brightness is likely set far too high.

    Screens have become much more luminous over the years, and manufacturers want their screens to stick out at the store, so they set the default setting for brightness very high. Case in point: I recently got a new 27" 4k LG monitor at work, and after connecting it to my Mac, I was a bit shocked just how much it fried my retina. I then reduced its brightness from 85 to 35 (which is still plenty bright) and have been very happy with it ever since.



  • Your "dark mode" (actually just a theme change) is unusable because it does not change the text to white for all websites. It's unusable without a dark mode addon:
    https://mybrowseraddon.com/dark-mode.html

    Same thing for the mobile Vivaldi. Dark mode there is unusable because it does not support changing/switching text color of text and text background. And it does not have ad blocker. Just look at the Samsung Internet browser, it has everything, including the video assistant now. Also, it features true dark mode, not this sorry excuse.



  • @mossman: Exactly!
    I'm a Samsung user since the first Galaxy S a decade ago, and I couldn't belive that Samsung were so stupid to adapt Google's all-white turn on their OLED displays.

    On the one hand they try to adjust every piece of software on their phone to safe battery - on the other hand they went brightest white on OLED devices. (Not to mention that this was undermining OLED's "actual black" advantage over LCD.)



  • "Dark interfaces have been around for a while, but they’ve never been as popular as they are today." - IMHO dark interfaces were always popular with users, but tech companies took an eternity to catch on.

    Still waiting for the faraway day until one smartphone company might realize that 10% of their customers are left-handed and that there might be a market for lefthand GUIs.



  • @Beholder
    I use the unusable from the start without problems and you cant compare Vivaldi with Samsung. They can pay the browser development from the coffee fund.
    If you thing it is a bug, not personal preference, report it.

    Cheers, mib



  • I prefer dark mode wherever I can but I don't like extremely high contrast like black background and white fonts.


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    With the Dark Reader you can ajust the contrast and background.
    The LED and OLED regarding the difference in battery expense, I'm not so convinced that the LEDs stay the same in the Dark Mod. The difference is that the LEDs use a Backlight, which is naturally always present, but not so the LEDs that set the color, these are equally off all with the black color.
    At least on my laptop, the Dark Mod causes up to 20% more battery life.
    On an OLED display this percentage is naturally much higher, but a battery saving is present in both cases.



  • my eye sight is not the best so i can't stand dark themes, especially since most dark themes have dark gray text on very dark background so i can barely see the text


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    @mossman said in 5 things you should know about dark mode:

    I absolutely HATED when Android went all-white with it's rubbish Material UI and all it's ugly, unclear, non-intuitive changes. The very opposite of the calming dark Android 4 interface which looked great on the OLED screen of my first Galaxy S. (I could read e-books on that phone with dark orange text on a perfect black background - these days I wake up in the middle of the night as my wife checks her phone and it's like a police searchlight!)

    Having been in contact with tech since a kid in the 1970s, I was used to the old green-screen monochrome monitors and always preferred a light text on a dark background. Even the first computer I bought myself, an Amstrad CPC464, had yellow text on a dark blue background which looked lovely and was supposed to maximise contrast and reduce eye strain.

    And I felt the same way with windowing GUIs - of the early ones I always preferred the darker coloured SunOS and other *NIX flavours over the (frankly crappy looking) Apple and Windows desktops.

    I've also wished that more websites got away from the newsprint trope of black on white...

    Try Night Mod Enabler (Google Play) or Night Mod (F-Droid)



  • @Catweazle said in 5 things you should know about dark mode:

    Try Night Mod Enabler (Google Play) or Night Mod (F-Droid)

    There seem to be a lot of those... but most are just blue filters (not what I want).

    The only one that looks like a change of UI theme is

    Night Mode:Dark Mode Enabler [No Root] by KIBI TEAM - so I'll give that a try.


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    @mossman said in 5 things you should know about dark mode:

    @Catweazle said in 5 things you should know about dark mode:

    Try Night Mod Enabler (Google Play) or Night Mod (F-Droid)

    There seem to be a lot of those... but most are just blue filters (not what I want).

    The only one that looks like a change of UI theme is

    Night Mode:Dark Mode Enabler [No Root] by KIBI TEAM - so I'll give that a try.

    I've also noticed, apart from that, although it works on Google play, it doesn't work on the web.But if I got a Dark Mod in Vivaldi through chrome: // flags, where there are options to activate the dark mode for UI and web, it works fine.



  • What I would really like is dark mode mobile Web pages, as provided by the manufacturer's browser in Samsung Galaxy S6 and A40 (I have both). It works well 85% of the time, inverting text and button colours intelligently but maintaining the original colouring for photos.

    Most of the time, I use Vivaldi Beta on mobile but in the evenings or night time I prefer the Samsung browser. If Vivaldi browser beta had dark mode not just for the UI but for Web pages too, I'd convert completely.


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    Changing the flags, I have achieved just this, invert the colors of the web pages in Vivaldi "beta" and in Vivaldi desktop.
    Works fine in both. Automatically use only Dark Mode if the page has a light background, if not, no

    Works also in the Chrome Store.

    Now I don't need extensions


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