Firefox doesn’t change back to light mode after dark mode
Has anyone experienced this issue?
I have set Firefox for macOS to use the default theme in which uses the system colours.
The system goes into dark mode without issue in Firefox, however, Firefox fails to go back to light mode when the system goes back. Currently it is the only application that I have this trouble with and I can not workout what the issue is.
Tried reinstalling Firefox.
I haven't heard anyone else having this issue so now wondering if there is something uniquely wrong with my system or set-up?
I would be grateful for any ideas
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acOS 10.15.4 + Firefox 75 and Firefox 77 At night there was the dark theme and Firefox was dark. Every morning when I turn on the mac, the system automatically has the light theme. I open Firefox (both, stable and nightly): it still has the dark theme. To change it I have to go to the system settings,
click on light theme (now Firefox "understands" to change to the light theme) and then click again on automatic theme. However, it changes by itself to the dark theme......
It’s not just a problem with Firefox, other applications also have the same identical problem in switching from dark theme to light theme automatically. I think the reason is that when I change to the dark theme, Firefox is open, it assists live to the theme change
Steps to reproduce:
1. Update Mac OS to 10.15 (Catalina) 2. Install Firefox Nightly and keep default theme 3. Select "Automatic" theme in system preferences 4. Firefox does not update itself to match the system theme
A good example is to switch from Dark theme to Automatic theme during the day (automatic will select the Light theme). Firefox won't update according to the system theme.
Firefox keep using the colour depending on the theme used before choosing the automatic mode.
Firefox should match the system theme when using automatic mode, the same way it does when switch between Light and Dark theme in system preferences.
If I use a third party tool to control macOS darkmode such as NightOwl. Firefox’s default theme switches between light and dark modes automatically. This is what was confusing me. I am sure there is a bug somewhere.
The default theme does state that it uses the system theme colours.
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Nightowl App does not seem a viable alternative. You may think on NightOwl app to thange theme mode manually, but it changes it from always light to always dark, completely bypassing automatic setting, because it was designed to work in Mojave, not in Catalina, and Mojave does not have that automation. Also, there is a Bug under discussion for the same issue with themes, that you may want to check. Reference Link: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1558086
Yes sorry I meant that it manually changes it but NightOwl’s functionality can be automated Itself via time and geolocation data. I agree it’s not an alternative. Thank you for the issue link.
Hi ARMAN KHAN
Thanks for the nice set of steps to reproduce (STR) and the other info. Please file a bug at bugzilla.mozilla.org with the STR and the other info.
The bug has already been raised and currently open at
Awaiting fix to retest
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Automatically match system theme When you switch your device to light or dark theme, Firefox will match your system theme by default. To change this:
1.Tap the menu button at the bottom of the screen (the menu will be at the top right if you're using an iPad): menu button ios 10
2.Tap Settings in the menu panel.
4.Tap the Use System Light/Dark Mode toggle (blue means it’s on).
Manually or automatically set themes You have the ability to manually or automatically set themes.
Tap the menu button at the bottom of the screen (the menu will be at the top right if you're using an iPad): menu button ios 10
Tap Settings in the menu panel. Tap Theme. Tap the Use System Light/Dark Mode toggle to turn it off (gray means it’s off). Tap an option from the Switch Mode menu: Manually: all theme changes will occur manually. Automatically: theme will match your screen brightness. Tap a theme from the Theme Picker menu: Light Dark Customize your theme’s brightness using the Threshold slider.
I'm experiencing this issue with Firefox and Viber too, other apps mostly change automatically. To be detailed, my experience is as follow: - Set my Mac's theme to Auto, if I don't shut down my Mac, on the next day the apps' theme changes automatically. However, if I shut down my Mac at night, and turn it on next morning, Firefox's theme is still dark. It won't change until I change my Mac theme to Manual and switch back to Auto.
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