Slack now has dark mode on macOS, here's how to turn it on

in General Discussion edited October 2020
Much to the relief of night owls everywhere, Slack has finally released a dark mode for macOS, Windows, and Linux. Here's how to banish the white background, and head over to the dark.

Slack's new dark mode

If you're one of the people who have been holding their breath for a dark mode in Slack, it's time for you to breathe a little easier. Slack's HQ team has announced that dark mode has finally made an appearance on the desktop versions of the application.

If you use Slack on your Mac, you can try out dark mode today.

  • Open Slack on your Mac

  • Click on your name in the sidebar

  • Select preferences

  • Select themes

  • Select a dark from the theme option

Slack has noted that you must be updated to version 4.0, and that you may need to restart the app a few times before the effects take place. All the old slack sidebar themes remain as well, but have been updated to work better with the new dark mode.

Slack's light mode vs. Slack's dark mode
Slack's light mode vs. Slack's dark mode

Dark mode is especially useful for those who work in low light or late at night. It is also beneficial to users with certain types of visual impairments.

In March of 2019, Slack released a dark mode for their iOS and Android apps, but tweeted "Dark mode isn't available on our desktop app right now, but we're working on it. Stay tuned for a brighter, darker future."

Six months later, Slack has finally given users the option to opt in to dark mode, should they want it. Responses from the community trend overwhelmingly positive.

SO! Finally! Here we have it: For those who need it, who want it, who have asked for it or who could just use it occasionally -- dark mode is now available on the desktop app as well as mobile, for everyone. Read more:

-- Slack *does* have dark mode now, yes indeed. (@SlackHQ)

Slack has also stated that in the near future users will be able to set Slack to comply with operating settings by clicking "sync with OS settings," but wished to roll out the dark mode update as soon as possible.


  • Reply 1 of 2
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,396member
    It's actually ridiculous how slow Apple and many other software/hardware companies are to provide dark mode features for their devices and sofrware considering it's more energy efficient (for devices with OLED and soon mLED) and that it will help reduce eye fatigue and improve sleep. But it's clear we're heading there. And I like light mode during the day and dark mode during night. It definitely improves my sleep pattern.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 2,952member
    I wonder if it makes the icon 'dark mode' too. I'll have to give it a try.
    I still can't stand that awful new logo, though. Bleh!
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