How to Enable Dark Mode in Notion for Web, Desktop, iOS, and Android with Screenshots


If you spend a lot of time in front of a monitor (like I do :)), you are sure to notice that staring at applications with light-colored backgrounds can really hurt your eyes (I’m looking at you, Google Sheets). Fortunately, the kind folks at Notion have added dark mode to reduce the strain on your eyes when working in Notion.

Enabling Dark Mode in Notion for Desktop

To enable dark mode in Notion for Desktop, do the following:

  1. Open up Notion
  2. In the left panel, click on “Settings & members”
  3. Click on “My notifications & settings”
  4. Under “My settings”, in the “Appearance” section, select “Dark” from the drop-down menu
  5. The Notion application should now be in dark mode

Open Up Notion

Notion is light mode
Notion is light mode

Open the Notion application on your desktop.

In the left panel, click on “Settings & members”

Click on “Settings & members”

Next, in the left-hand panel, click on “Settings & members” as shown in the screenshot above.

Click on “My notifications & settings”

Click on "My notifications & settings" in the left panel
Click on “My notifications & settings” in the left panel

Third, in the left-hand panel of the pop-up window, click on “My notifications and settings” as shown in the screenshot above.

Under “My settings”, in the “Appearance” section, select “Dark” from the drop-down menu

In "Appearance" in the "My settings" section, click on the drop-down menu and select "Dark"
In “Appearance” in the “My settings” section, click on the drop-down menu and select “Dark”

Finally, in the “Appearance” section under “My settings”, click on the drop-down menu and select “Dark” from the available options

Notion for Desktop in Dark Mode
Notion for Desktop in Dark Mode

Your Notion application should now be in dark mode.

Quick Tip: You can set the appearance type to “Automatic” to match whatever mode you have for your computer.

Enabling Dark Mode in Notion for Desktop

You can also enable dark mode when working in Notion in a web browser like Google Chrome. To enable dark mode in the web version of Notion, do the following:

  1. Open up Notion in your web browser
  2. In the left panel, click on “Settings & members”
  3. Click on “My notifications & settings”
  4. Under “My settings”, in the “Appearance” section, select “Dark” from the drop-down menu
  5. The Notion application should now be in dark mode

Open up Notion in your web browser

Notion for web in light mode
Notion for web in light mode

Open up your web browser and log into Notion.

In the left panel, click on “Settings & members”

Click on "Settings & members"
Click on “Settings & members”

In the left panel, click on “Settings & members”.

Click on “My notifications & settings”

click on "My notifications & settings"
Click on “My notifications & settings”

Next, click on “My notifications and settings” in the left panel.

Under “My settings”, in the “Appearance” section, select “Dark” from the drop-down menu

Select “Dark” from the drop-down menu

In the “Appearance” portion of the “My settings” section, click on the drop-down menu and select “Dark” as shown in the screenshot above.

Notion for web in dark mode

Notion should now be in dark mode in your web browser as shown above.

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Enabling Dark Mode in Notion for iOS

There are a couple of more steps to take when enabling dark mode for Notion in iOS. To enable dark mode in Notion for iOS, do the following:

  1. Open the Notion App
  2. In the upper-left corner of the screen, press the left-pointing chevron button
  3. Click on the circle ellipsis button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen
  4. Select “Settings” from the available options
  5. In the “Appearance” section, press the drop-down menu button
  6. Select “Dark” by pressing on it and press the “Done” button to save choice
  7. Press “Done” to close the “Notification & settings” screen
  8. Your Notion iOS app should now be in dark mode

Open the Notion App

Notion for iOS in light mode
Notion for iOS in light mode

On your iOS device, open up the Notion app.

In the upper-left corner of the screen, press the left-pointing chevron button

CIick on the chevron button
CIick on the chevron button

In the upper-left-hand corner of the app window, click on the left-pointing chevron button (<) as shown and indicated in the screenshot above.

Click on the circle ellipsis button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen

Click on the circle ellipsis button
Click on the circle ellipsis button

In the upper-right-hand corner of the app window, click on the circle ellipsis button as shown in the screenshot above.

Select “Settings” from the available options

Select the "Settings" option by pressing on it
Select the “Settings” option by pressing on it

A pop-up menu should appear. Press on the “Settings” option to access your Notion settings screen as shown in the screenshot above.

In the “Appearance” section, press the drop-down menu button

scroll down to "appearance" section and press drop-down menu
scroll down to “appearance” section and press drop-down menu

You should now be on the “Notifications & settings” screen. Scroll down to the “Appearance” section and press on the drop-down menu as shown in the screenshot above.

Select “Dark” by pressing on it and press the “Done” button to save choice

Press on "Dark" to select it and then press on "Done" to save selection
Press on “Dark” to select it and then press on “Done” to save selection

You should now be on the “Appearance” screen. Press on “Dark” and then press “Done” to save your choice as shown in the screenshot above.

Press “Done” to close the “Notification & settings” screen

Press "Done" to exit the "Notifications & settings" screen
Press “Done” to exit “Notifications & settings” screen

Once you have confirmed that the appearance attribute is set to dark, press the “Done” button to exit the “Notifications & settings” screen as shown above.

Notion for iOS in Dark Mode
Notion for iOS in Dark Mode

Your Notion iOS app should now be in dark mode as shown above.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Notion for Android

To enable dark mode in Notion for Android, do the following:

  1. Open the Notion app on your Android device
  2. Press the Hamburger Menu button in the top right corner of screen
  3. In left panel, press “Notification & settings” button
  4. Scroll down to “Appearance” and press the drop-down menu button
  5. Select “Dark” by pressing it
  6. Press the “Done” button to save your change
  7. The app will now be in dark mode

Open the Notion app on your Android device

Notion for Android light mode
Notion for Android light mode

Open up the Notion app on your Android device

Press the Hamburger Menu button in the top right corner of screen

Click the hamburger menu button
Click the hamburger menu button

Next, click on the “hamburger” button in the upper-left corner of the screen as shown in the screenshot above.

In left panel, press “Notification & settings” button

Press on "Notifications & settings" button
Press on “Notifications & settings” button

A side panel will appear as shown above. Press on “Notifications & settings”.

Scroll down to “Appearance” and press the drop-down menu button

under "appearance", press on the drop-down menu button
under “appearance”, press on the drop-down menu button

You should now see the “Notifications & settings” screen. Scroll down to the “Appearance” section and press on the drop-down button as shown in the screenshot above.

Select “Dark” by pressing it

Choose "Dark" by pressing on it
Choose “Dark” by pressing on it

In the Appearance screen, choose “Dark” by pressing on it.

Press the “Done” button to save your change

Press "Done" to exit Notifications & settings screen
Press “Done” to exit Notifications & settings screen

The app should change to dark mode as shown above. Press “Done” to exit the “Notifications & settings” screen.

Notion for Android in Dark Mode
Notion for Android in Dark Mode

The app will now be in dark mode.

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