Mastering Dark Mode in Mac Mail: A Comprehensive Guide

Mastering Dark Mode in Mac Mail: A Comprehensive Guide

Unlock the full potential of dark mode in Mac Mail. Learn how to set it up, customize it, and even use AI tools for a better experience.

Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons | Jan 1, 2024 | 3 mins read

Dark mode has become increasingly popular for its eye-friendly interface and energy-saving benefits. This article aims to guide you through the various aspects of using dark mode in Mac Mail, from basic setup to advanced customization.

Why Use Dark Mode?

  • Eye Comfort: Dark mode reduces eye strain, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Battery Efficiency: On OLED screens, dark mode can save battery life.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Some users prefer the sleek look of dark mode.

Setting Up Dark Mode in Mac Mail

  1. Basic Setup: Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Appearance.
  2. Options: Choose between ‘Light,’ ‘Dark,’ and ‘Auto.’
  3. Auto Mode: Changes appearance based on Night Shift settings.

Advanced Customization

  • Accent Colors: Customize buttons and other UI elements.
  • Dynamic Wallpapers: Wallpapers that adapt to your appearance settings.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Quick Toggle: Use the Control Center for quick on/off switching. Simply go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar > Control Center and add the “Appearance” toggle.
  • Night Shift: Schedule appearance changes in sync with Night Shift to ensure your screen’s color temperature and appearance settings are always in harmony.
  • Custom Scripts: Use AppleScript for more granular control. You can create a script that changes your appearance settings based on specific triggers or times of the day.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Create a custom keyboard shortcut to toggle dark mode on and off. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and add a new shortcut for dark mode.
  • Third-Party Widgets: Some widgets offer quick toggles for dark mode and can be added to your Mac’s Notification Center for easy access.
  • Mail-Specific Settings: If you only want to enable dark mode for Mac Mail and not the entire system, you can use third-party apps like “MailButler” that offer this feature.
  • Use with Other Apps: Dark mode in Mac Mail works best when used in conjunction with dark mode in other apps. Many third-party apps offer dark mode options that can be synced with your system settings.
  • Testing Emails: If you’re sending out emails, you can preview them in dark mode to see how they’ll appear to recipients who use this feature.
  • Troubleshooting: If you encounter any issues with dark mode, such as text being unreadable, try toggling the “Increase contrast” and “Reduce transparency” options in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.

Third-Party Solutions

  • MailButler: This is a comprehensive email management tool that offers a dark mode feature specifically for Mac Mail.
  • Airmail: Airmail is another alternative that provides a dark mode setting, along with other advanced features.
  • Spark: This email client offers a beautiful dark mode and syncs seamlessly with Mac Mail.
  • CanaryMail: One of the standout features of CanaryMail is its focus on security, but it also offers a visually pleasing dark mode. The dark mode in CanaryMail not only changes the appearance but also enhances the security features by reducing screen glare, making it easier to focus on content. It’s an excellent option for those who are looking for both aesthetic appeal and added security features in their email client.
  • By exploring these third-party solutions, you can find the one that best fits your needs for dark mode and other functionalities.

Popular AI Tools for Apple Mail

  • SaneBox: Uses AI to sort your emails.
  • Notion: Offers an AI-powered email assistant.


Dark mode in Mac Mail offers a range of benefits and customization options. Whether you’re new to dark mode or looking to get more out of it, this guide has you covered.


Alex Simmons
Alex Simmons

I have always been fascinated by the world of SaaS and technology. From a young age, I found myself drawn to the endless possibilities that email technology offers. The ability to connect with people across the globe and streamline communication processes is something that truly excites me. As a passionate individual, I am constantly seeking new ways to leverage SaaS and email technology to enhance productivity and drive innovation.

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