How to Change the Colors of the Safari Web Browser

Apple’s Safari web browser does not natively offer extensive color customization like some other browsers might. However, you can make some changes in appearance using the available system settings or extensions. Here’s how you can adjust some color-related aspects:

1. Using CSS Templates on Mac:

  • Open Safari and click on the gear icon (Settings) at the top right.
  • Go to “Preferences” then click on “Advanced” at the top right of the pop-up.
  • From the drop-down menu labeled “Style Sheets,” select “Other.”
  • Browse your computer and select a CSS template you want to use, then click “Open.” The colors and style of Safari will change to match the CSS template selected​

2. Change the Appearance of Safari in macOS:

If you’re using Safari on a Mac, the appearance of the browser will mostly follow the system’s appearance settings.

  1. Light or Dark Mode:
    • Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences.
    • Click General.
    • Choose either the Light or Dark appearance. This will affect the overall look of macOS, including Safari.
  2. Accent Color:
    • In the same General preferences pane, you can choose an accent color. This will affect certain UI elements like buttons and checkboxes throughout macOS, including in Safari.

3. Extensions:

There are Safari extensions available on the Mac App Store that can help change the appearance or theme of websites you visit. One such popular category of extensions is “dark mode” extensions that force a dark theme on websites, even if they don’t natively support it. To use an extension:

  1. Go to the Mac App Store and search for Safari extensions related to appearance or themes.
  2. Download and install your preferred extension.
  3. Enable the extension in Safari under Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

4. Change Appearance on iOS/iPadOS:

If you’re using Safari on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Light or Dark Mode:
    • Go to Settings.
    • Tap Display & Brightness.
    • Choose Light or Dark. This choice will affect the overall system appearance, including Safari.
  2. Website-specific Settings:
    • While on a website in Safari, tap the aA icon on the left side of the address bar.
    • From the dropdown, you can enable Request Desktop Website or use Website Settings to adjust certain aspects of the site’s appearance, though these options are limited.

Remember, while you can change the general appearance settings, extensive browser UI customization is not natively supported in Safari as it might be in some other browsers. If Apple introduces more customization features in future updates, you might want to check their official documentation or help resources for more details.

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