How to enable Brave Browser's Night Mode for any website

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 8, 2023

Dark modes for application interfaces and also web content have seen a rise in recent time. Operating systems and many programs support dark and light modes, which users may enable or use automatically sometimes.

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Brave Browser supports the feature under the name Night Mode. It is hidden behind an experimental flag on desktop versions of the web browser, and available in the appearance section of the mobile version of Brave Browser for Android.

The name hints at the mode's main purpose: to improve the display of web content when it is dark. Some computer users prefer to display darker colors all the time.

Enabling Night Mode in Brave is a straightforward process. Brave Browser users on Android need to go to Settings > Appearance, and toggle the Enable "Night Mode" (Experimental) feature on the page that opens. A restart of the browser is required.

On desktop versions of Brave, it is necessary to flip an experimental flag instead. For that, load brave://flags/#enable-force-dark in the browser's address bar and change the state of the flag from Default to Enabled. Adventurous users may play around with the different inversion techniques to find the one that is best suited for them. A restart is required to apply the change.

Brave browser applies the dark mode on all sites visited in the web browser after the restart. Users may undo the change by setting the flag to Default on desktop, and to off on the mobile version of Brave.

The browser applies the changes to web content only. Interface colors do not change while the mode is active. The colors of images displayed in articles on webpages are not inverted by default.

Note that Brave Browser supports light and dark modes. These can be applied in the Settings to paint the interface in dark or light colors.

On desktop, Brave users load brave://settings/appearance and set the Brave Colors preference to dark or light to make the change. Mobile users need to open Settings > Appearance > Theme to switch between light and dark modes. The default mode is always "system default" in both cases.

Now You: does your favorite browser support light and dark modes for web content or the interface? Which do you prefer?

How to enable Brave Browser's Night Mode for any website
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How to enable Brave Browser's Night Mode for any website
Find out how to enable dark mode for web content in the Brave Browser on desktop and Brave mobile browser for Android.
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  1. Tom Hawack said on January 10, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Firefox and Dark mode aficionado reporting.

    Browser GUI partially dark (all but toolbars recolored to #D0D0D0 and menus to #E0E0E0).
    Firefox with ‘Website appearance” set to ‘Dark’.
    Dark Reader extension to handle the vast majority of Websites still not offering Dark Mode natively.

    My eyes are not my best (they’re fine, ladies sigh but they don’t work that great) so I had decided to increase the browser’s font-size (GUI and Websites) together with a switch to Dark Mode. Result : “I’ve improved my productivity by 32%, I lost 40lbs” is what I’d have written as an advertiser. True result? A surfer’s pleasure, a user’s reconciliation with Web pages.

    Dark is beautiful.

  2. Seeprime said on January 9, 2023 at 12:28 am

    Dark mode is great for OLED displays.

  3. localhost said on January 8, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Opera is the only Android browser that natively changes from dark to light automatically. Firefox needs an add-on and Brave has to be set manually. Just as Edge.

  4. Mothy said on January 8, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    I prefer dark mode in everything since I’ve found it helps a lot for my aging eyes to better see text as well as reduce eye strain from too much brightness. So the system dark theme in Linux Mint that I recently switched to was a much appreciated feature.

    My primary web browser Firefox ESR supports dark mode for its interface and for websites that support it. Otherwise my secondary browser ungoogled chromium has had the flag (//flags/#enable-force-dark) for a long time which I use occasionally to force dark mode for a few specific websites that do not support it in Firefox ESR.

  5. John G. said on January 8, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Useful night mode for the vampires and other nocturnal wildlife. Thanks for the article. :]

  6. Spiff said on January 8, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Martin Brinkmann asked, “Now You: does your favorite browser support light and dark modes for web content or the interface? Which do you prefer?”
    I use Firefox and set Website appearance to Light, as I like light and I don’t like websites forcing dark mode.

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