Windows 10 has received plenty of visual improvements in the latest few feature updates, so it now includes both an easy theme along with a dark theme that users can enable manually in the Settings screen.
Furthermore, based on your settings, enabling the dark theme for Windows 10 may also force apps to switch to a dark mode, essentially providing a far more consistent experience in one end to another.
However, as I said in the intro, users should do everything manually, as Windows 10 lacks automatic settings that would technically permit the dark mode to become enabled at a user-defined time.
Similar settings already appear in macOS, where Apple has tied the dark mode to nighttime Shift, but users can configure visual styles to change in one to a different based on their preferences.
Despite users with such configuration options to be included to Windows 10 as well, Microsoft has so far ignored these requests, therefore the rescue originates from master third-party Windows software ecosystem.
Auto Dark Mode includes a name that virtually speaks by itself. This little app allows you to configure when you want to enable the sunshine or the dark mode, while also offering a lot of extra tools to enhance the entire process.
First and foremost, it’s worth emphasizing the UI is simply by it could get, so you’re not receiving anything than a clean window where you are allowed to configure the automatic theme switching. There’s also transparency, something that makes total sense on Windows 10 given Microsoft’s push for Fluent Design, as well as a simple settings screen with only four options.
Once you let the automatic theme switching, you must define the custom start times for light and dark themes – these are the instances when the sunshine and also the dark modes are activated through the app. Additionally, you can also use location service to detect the best time settings, however the app requires location permissions in Windows 10.
In addition to activating the sunshine and also the dark themes at user-defined times, Auto Dark Mode may also enable custom modes for apps, the operating-system, and the old form of Edge (the Chromium-powered browser isn’t yet supported, but I’m guessing it won’t take long before it’s added). What this means is that you could configure a custom profile where one can have different settings activating automatically at a scheduled time – for instance, you can set Windows 10 to the dark mode, Edge to light mode, and apps to dark mode.
As mentioned, the configuration screen is very basic, and you may only enable and disable a 12-hour clock, switching after Connected Standby, and searching for updates in background. Multi-language support is also offered, with English, German, French, and some others currently supported.
Auto Dark Mode, however, lacks a choice to run the app at startup, but you can manually configure it to produce at system boot with a few extra clicks.
Auto Dark Mode does exactly what it says it will and that’s pretty much all about this. The one thing I love probably the most is the clean interface that makes everything very easy to use, albeit at some things, the transparency effect seems to be making it less responsive – this happens when the app is out of focus and you click on the UI, also it needs a second or two to activate.
Other than that, there’s not much to complain about this little app.
The characteristics that it comes with work just as advertised, the impact on system performance doesn’t really exist, and delay pills work even with the most recent Windows 10 versions – I tested it on the upcoming version 2004 and that i didn’t encounter any bugs whatsoever.