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How to enable VLC Dark Mode in 3 easy steps?

Are you looking for on to get your VLC Dark Mode enabled? Then you are on the correct help page, this help page explains to you how easy it is to get a dark mode version of the VLC Media Player. But first, what is VLC?

VLC is a know french product that is developed in Paris, French. That is a free and Open-Source media player to play all your media files such as MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLASH, etc. The first initial release is on 1 February 2001. VLC is available for desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, such as Android, iOS, and iPadOS.

The solution to getting VLC Dark Mode on the Mac

  1. On the Mac open the VLC Media Player from your Application folder or the Launchpad
  2. Next click in the Apple menu bar on the menu item VLC Media Player. And then on Preferences
  3. A new window show up and select the tab Interface
  4. Then search for the topic General setting. And click on the radio button Dark
  5. Click now on the “Save,” to save the new value. And restart your VLC Media Player.
  6. Now it should show you the VLC Media Player in a dark user interface

The solution to getting VLC Dark Mode on the Windows

  1. On the Windows 10 and Windows 11 open the VLC Media Player
  2. In the menu bar click on the menu item Tools. And then on Preferences
  3. A new window show up and select the tab Interface
  4. Then search for the topic General setting. And you see 2 radio buttons. Now select the radio button Use custom skin. And download the eDark Vic Skin from the VLC website
  5. Click now on the “Save,” to save the new value. And restart your VLC Media Player.
  6. Now it should show you the VLC Media Player in a dark user interface

The solution to getting VLC Dark Mode on the Android

  1. On your Android, open the VLC app
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines to access the Menu
  3. Navigate to the Settings option. Under the Extra Settings select the item Interface. Then in the list tap DayNight Mode. In the popup that appears, choose the Black Theme. Now this will enable dark mode on the VLC Media Player.

The solution to getting VLC Dark Mode on the iOS

  1. On your iPhone or iPad go to the home page and tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down until you see the topic Display and Brightness
  3. Tap Appearance and check the Dark option is enabled
  4. On your iPhone or iPad open now the VLC app, and it should be in Dark Mode

Free and Open-Source

If you want to extend this dark mode to websites, you can use the Turn Off the Lights browser extension which is also free and Open-Source. And it is available on all modern web browsers. That includes Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Yandex, Brave, Vivaldi, Naver Whale, Yandex, and Cốc Cốc.

Web browser (Mobile and Desktop)

VLC Dark Mode website thanks to the free and Open-Source Turn Off the Lights browser extension, that is using the Night Mode feature
VLC Dark Mode website thanks to the free and Open-Source Turn Off the Lights browser extension, that is using the Night Mode feature

Solution activate VLC Dark Mode

With one powerful extension, you get the new VLC Dark Mode in your favorite web browser. Follow the steps here below on how to activate this feature:

  1. Install the free and Open-Source Turn Off the Lights Browser extension
    • For Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge
      1. Click right on the gray lamp button
      2. And select the menu item Options
    • For Safari
      1. Open the “Turn Off the Lights for Safari” app from the Launchpad or from the Application folder
      2. And click below in this window on the button Options
  2. When the options page is open., click on the tab Night Mode
  3. And enable here the checkbox to get the Night switch visible on each web page or scroll further down to enable the checkbox to automatically convert the page to night theme each time you open a new page
YouTube video tutorial on how to enable the Night Mode feature

Site Access (only to VLC Dark Mode)

Turn Off the Lights browser extension take your privacy very seriously, and you set up this browser extension to only allow the Canvas website. Here are the steps on how to activate this feature

  1. Open the chrome://extensions page and search for Turn Off the Lights
  1. Click on the button Details to open the detailed information about this Chrome extension
  2. Search for the section Site Access, and click on the selection box to the menu item “On specific sites
  1. A new popup panel shows up, and type now this URL in the text box “https://www.videolan.org
  1. When you are done, click on the blue Add button to close this panel

So now the Canvas Dark Mode website works only on this website URL, and not on all the other websites. Such as on YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon shopping, internet banking, etc. websites.

Conclusion

Hope that will answer one of your questions about the VLC Dark theme:

  • How do I turn on dark mode on VLC?
  • How do I make VLC dark on my computer?
  • Does VLC have a dark mode on desktop?
  • How to make VLC dark mode?

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