How to enable dark mode theme in Firefox

Nothing beats the joy and satisfaction of using a fully customised interface. By tweaking the device or application features, the user experience becomes way more satisfying. The most common customisation is usually in the more frequently used applications such as browsers. Firefox, in particular, has a very easy way to grant these features to its users as discussed below. The browser offers two main methods to enable the activation of the dark mode depending on the browser version and device characteristics.

Why Dark Mode?

Unlike regular customisation, Firefox’s move to provide this feature is actually not just for cosmetic reasons. It is rather an attempt to help users reduce eye strain in the event of prolonged use, night time use, as well as eye sensitivity which is increased in the presence of too much light.

Dark Mode through In-Built Customisation

Latest device software such as Windows 10 has become more and more stubborn when it comes to making customisation decisions for the user. In fact, this software often automatically change the device settings depending on their programmed instructions such as time and lighting conditions which is not entirely undesirable if at all. The Firefox browser is usually unaffected by the overall device configurations. Instead of the app conforming to the general device mode, the browser can be specifically fine-tuned by following these simple steps to activate the built-in feature:

  • Navigate to the Firefox browser either on the desktop as a shortcut, located on the taskbar or by doing a quick search in the box on the lower-left corner of the start page.
  • In the top right corner of the browser welcome tab, click the three-lines icon to reveal the browser settings, making sure the tab is sufficiently big to show all the available options.
  • Scroll down to the lower end of the settings list and locate the ‘customise’ option which is marked either by text or a paintbrush icon.
  • After you click on that, a set of settings will appear. Select the ‘theme’ tab to reveal the available built-in and additional themes available for use.
  • At the top of the list will be the three basic themes namely the basic one, the light and the dark themes.
  • Simply click on the dark theme icon and the browser will automatically shift to the darker tones.
  • Click ‘enable’ to effect these changes for use. The process to remove this dark mode when desired is the same with a ‘disable’ selection on the final step instead.

Dark Mode through Add-Ons

For Firefox browsers that come without the handy dark mode pre-installed, add-ons may be necessary from the browser’s developer website. This option is also quite convenient when the built-in dark mode fails to fully satisfy the required level of customisation. Additional and enhanced themes can, therefore, provide a more desirable dark mode. This is quite simple and can be done with a few steps.

  • Once again launch the Firefox browser from its source depending on where it was saved during installation.
  • This time, after clicking the three-lines icon in the top right corner, go to the add-ons section of the settings menu. This can also be launched directly with a simple ctrl + shift + A combination.
  • A popup will show the available selections to get add-ons for, select the paintbrush icon which is for personalisation add-ons.
  • The browser should launch to its source site where you can search for newer dark mode versions available for the device.
  • Once it is in place, it can now be enabled into effect just like the regular or pre-installed dark theme.
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