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Top 2 Ways to Schedule Dark Mode Hours in Windows 11

A detailed guide on how to schedule dark mode on Windows 11


Many individuals utilize the famous function known as dark mode on their gadgets, including their Windows 11 PCs. This feature can ease eye strain in low-light situations and facilitate concentration on a task or screen. But not everyone prefers to constantly use dark mode, making it important to schedule dark mode for specific times on Windows 11.

Some folks favor using light mode during the daytime and dark mode at night. Others might prefer dark mode for particular programs like a web browser or video editor. There are various methods in Windows 11 for scheduling dark mode hours, and this article outlines the best way to do this.

1. Make use of the Task Scheduler 

You can schedule jobs to run automatically at predetermined intervals or periods using an in-built Window tool called the Task Scheduler. The Task Scheduler allows you to program dark mode to activate and deactivate at specified times of the day or to run when specific applications are opened or closed. The steps below will teach you how to use this tool to schedule dark mode on Windows 11.

  1. Click the Windows button, type Task Scheduler in the Search bar, and select the relevant option.
    Schedule dark mode on Windows 11
  2. Once in the app, navigate to the Action tab at the top, and select Create Task.
    Schedule dark mode on Windows 11
  3. In the General tab, enter a name for your task, click the radio button for Run only when the user is logged in or not, and check the box for Do not store password.
    Schedule dark mode on Windows 11
  4. Next, navigate to the Triggers tab and select New.
  5. From the Begin the task drop-down menu, choose On a schedule, click the radio button for Daily, set the time to start the dark mode, in the Recur every option, input 1 to repeat this task every day, and hit OK to save these changes.
  6. Navigate to the Actions tab and click the New button.
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  7. In the Program/script option, input reg, then input the argument below and hit OK.
    add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  8. Repeat the steps above and replace the first command with the one below.
    add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v SystemUsesLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    Schedule dark mode on Windows 11
  9. Navigate to the Settings tab and tick the options as displayed in the image below.
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  10. Navigate to the Conditions tab and uncheck the box for Start the task only if the computer is on AC power, then click OK.

  11. Locate the newly created task in the Task Scheduler library, right-click on it, and click Run to launch the task.
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  12. Now, you must also schedule when the light mode turns on. The steps to do this are similar to the dark mode; however, there are some differences.
  13. Firstly, you need to assign a different name to the task, for example, switch_light_theme.
  14. Secondly, select a different time to turn the light mode on.
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  15. In the Program/script section, input reg, and enter the argument below.
    add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
  16. For the second action, enter the command below.
    add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v SystemUsesLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
  17. After entering these commands, the rest of the steps are the same as the dark mode option, so go ahead and repeat the same steps.
  18. Once this is complete, you have successfully scheduled dark mode on Windows 11.

2. Use a third-party software called Auto Dark Mode

Using Auto Dark Mode can help schedule dark mode on Windows 11 by automatically switching between light and dark mode based on the time of day or other criteria. This can be useful if you want to use dark mode at night or when working in low-light conditions but don’t want to have to switch it on and off all the time manually. Follow the steps below to use this program.

2.1 Download the program

  1. Firstly, look for the Microsoft Store option and open it.
  2. Secondly, look for the Auto Dark Mode application and Install it.
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  3. Once you install the app, there are many customizations you can apply. Some of them are listed below.

2.2 Tweak the mode timing

  1. Click Time on the left pane to display more options.
  2. The functions of these options are explained in greater detail below.
    Disabled – This option is to turn off the mode switching.
    Set custom hours – Pick this option to automatically set custom start timing to start light or dark themes.
    From sunset to sunrise – Select this option to switch the modes using your location’s sunset/sunrise times. The app will automatically get the location data from your system and use it to change themes.
    From sunset to sunrise (geographic coordinates) – This option is similar to the option above; however, you need to provide the longitude and latitude of your location manually.
    Follow Windows night light – Pick this option to follow the system’s night light mode timing.

Final Thoughts

Finally, we have come to the end of this guide, where we have outlined two effective ways to schedule dark mode on Windows 11. You might observe that using the Auto Dark Mode program is easier and more user-friendly. However, if you do not want to install a third-party application, using the Task Scheduler is your best bet.

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