How to enable dark mode in Slack on your desktop

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In March, Slack rolled out dark mode for its iOS and Android apps. Now, it’s rolling the feature out for its desktop apps: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

To get the dark mode option, you’ll need to be on version 4.0.3 for Mac, or 4.0.2 for Windows and Linux. So update your app before you think of switching to the dark side. 

ou can check which version you have by clicking on the menu button with three lines, and navigating to Help > About Slack. The Help menu also has an option to Check for updates, which will prompt you to get the latest version if you’re behind.

Once you’re sorted, here’s how to enable dark mode:

  • Open the Slack app on your desktop.
  • Click on your name on the sidebar.
  • Go to Preferences > Themes.
  • Select the Dark appearance option.