How to Schedule Dark Mode on Windows 11

Schedule Dark Mode on Windows 11

In this article, we will tell you how to schedule Dark mode on Windows 11. So, let’s get started!

Windows 11 is the most recent window introduced in the market. It is quite an efficient and fastest machine than its prior versions. Dark Mode has several features like multiple desktops, data privacy & security, malware protection, customize your captions, search for anything, unique passwords to protect the data, and so on. It also has a dark mode availability (i.e., its Night Light feature) that can make the screen easier on your eyes.

How to Schedule Dark Mode on Windows 11

Schedule Dark Mode on Windows 11

It has a built-in Windows app called “Task Scheduler” to automate when Dark Mode turns on. You can enable Dark & Light mode (the process will be the same for both) by following the simple steps given below:

Schedule Dark Mode

  1. Head to the Start menu and search for Task Scheduler in a search bar, click it
  2. Choose the Action option placed at the top bar and click Create Task
  3. Give the task a name like “switch_dark_theme” and click “Run only when the user is logged on” and “Do not store password.”
  4. Now, on the “Triggers” tab, choose the New option placed at the bottom
  5. Select “Daily” from the sidebar. Now, enter a time for when you want Dark Mode to be enabled (also, make sure the “Recur Every” option is set to “1 day”) and tap Ok
  6. Move to the Action tab placed next to Triggers and click New as we will be creating two Actions (i.e., one for the theme of an app and one for the system theme).
  7. For the Actions, we want “Start a Program” then, paste the following lines into the “Program/Script” and “Add Arguments” boxes and tap Ok
  8.  Program/Script: reg

Add Arguments:

add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

  • Now, repeat the step for the second action using the line below for the “Add Arguments” box: add 

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v SystemUsesLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

However, the first task sets your apps to use a dark theme by toggling “AppsUseLightTheme” and the second task sets the operating system (like the taskbar and other elements) to use a dark theme by toggling “SystemUsesLightTheme”

  • Now, head to the Settings app and choose the “Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed” option and check “If the task fails, restart every option” and set it to 1 minute and 3 restart attempts.
  • Finally, move to the Conditions tab, unselect the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” option and tap Ok

Moreover, the task will now be listed in the “Task Scheduler Library” folder. To check it out, right-click it and tap “Run”.

Schedule Light Mode

The process is the same in as Dark mode but, a few things you will need to do differently.

  • Give the task a different name, such as “switch_light_theme” and choose a different time for Light Mode to be enabled (also, make sure that the “Recur every” option is set to “1 day”)
  • Now, use the correct argument for each of the Actions. For the first action, after typing ” reg ” into the Program/Script box, copy and paste the following line into the “Add Arguments” box: 

add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v AppsUseLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

  • For the second Action, use the following line for the “Add Arguments” box: 

add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize /v SystemUsesLightTheme /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

However, the first act sets your apps to use a light theme by toggling “AppsUseLightTheme” and the second task sets the operating system (like the taskbar and other elements) to use a light theme by toggling “SystemUsesLightTheme”

That’s it and the rest of the process is the same as Dark Mode. So repeat the same steps as above.

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Moreover, if you want to adjust them at different times of the year. Simply, double-click the tasks in the “Task Scheduler Library” folder to open the Properties window. Now, move to the “Triggers” tab > tap the “Edit” button > then, enter your new time and tap “Ok” two times to save the changes. Now, repeat the steps for the second task. Furthermore, if you want to remove the scheduled task simply, go back to the “Task Scheduler Library” folder and right-click each task > Select “Disable” or “Delete” from the menu (i.e., “Disable” will keep the task, but stop it from running).

Conclusion

That’s it, folks! The above-mentioned details will surely let you enable the dark mode. Try these steps out and enjoy using the night mode on Windows 11. Well, we hope that you liked our article How to Schedule Dark Mode on Windows 11. For any queries, do let us know and also, share your queries in the comment box mentioned below.

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