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  • Ruth

    Hi Danielle,

    Thank you for your feedback. 

    1. The Dark Mode feature can actually be enabled for your device. If using a Mac computer, go to System Preferences > Display, check the box to "Automatically adjust brightness," then go back to System Preferences > General to select "Dark," or "Automatic" so it fluctuates between light and dark depending on the time of day.  If using a PC, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors to select the "Dark" option. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > select Dark, or turn "Automatic" on. 

    2. If you'd like us to add functionality so you can turn off in-app notifications, please vote and comment on this feature request: https://simplepractice.uservoice.com/forums/918553-simplepractice-feedback/suggestions/36552328-pop-up-notifications

    3. Each Telehealth link is unique to the appointment and intentionally doesn't contain any PHI. The links aren't client specific. If you've downloaded the SimplePractice Practice Management App in addition to the Telehealth by SimplePractice app on your mobile device, then you can use your Practice Management app to click on a Telehealth session from the Calendar > Start Video Appointment. This will automatically route you to the Telehealth by SimplePractice app and autofill the correct session link. Since this process is automated, you'll immediately be connected to the intended client's session. Additionally, customers and clients are required to enter their names in before they join the call. The name they enter will appear on their video feed once they join. 

    4. To enable Secure Messaging for all your clients go to Settings > Secure Messaging and click the checkbox at the top of the page, in the header. Click the "Select all clients in your Practice" link underneath it, if you have more than 15 clients.  

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  • Danielle Williams

    Your suggestion about dark mode is not a way to gain dark mode. I guess I could also wear sunglasses at times to achieve a similar screen that the brightness has been lowered in as would occur with the steps that you suggested.

    1. This item was not about dark mode, rather about the iOS mobile app defaulting to "work" email when 1 in a 1000 people use their work email for their mental health and/or substance abuse appointment. Should default to "home" email. This is still an issue.

    2. I was not talking about "in-app" notifications as it does this on the desktop version. Still continues to do it, but definitely less frequently. Usually it is when you are trying to push advertising for your own training. Still annoying, but definitely not hindering as in the past.

    3. There have been updates to your mobile versions that have corrected this issue. It now will take you to the mobile app when you click the link provided in the email. Sometimes it does not go straight to it, depending on what task you were last in on the app. However, if you close out the app and go back to the email, it generally resolves this issue. Your response missed the mark because I was not asking why the email didn't contain a full name. I understand PHI, the issue is actually in my wheelhouse as a clinician using technology. I also wasn't asking about how to get to a telehealth session. I think you may have provided more information that was not needing to be covered as an attempt to not answer the questions. It is okay to say you do not know or that you will make a suggestion to tech department.

    4. This answer also completely misses the mark. This is still an issue. The workaround you suggest would turn on message for all clients in the practice, even those that have been purposefully disabled to do some other issue. The other workaround, which I currently use, is to turn this on for each and every client as they schedule their first appointment or when initially put into the system.

    SimplePractice is a good platform, probably the top one, but that does not mean it couldn't be better. It is very frustrating that your "technical" answers miss the mark when needs of practicing clinicians are brought to your attention. The responses about privacy, PHI, etc. can actually be rather offensive at times. I hope you will continue to grow and improve as the amount paid monthly always gives me pause and a reason to continue to look for a better alternative.

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  • Bruce Hearn

    please implement dark mode. After hours of staring at the screen, everything else dark but simplepractice. Can you please bring in a dark theme (black background) for the web app.

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  • Sherri Miller

    Thank you in advance for expediting this option.

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  • Joshua Redding

    DARK WING DUCK MODE AS WELL.. or at least dark mode. 

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  • Erica Harmon

    Bump-- I agree with OP Danielle's concern's-- I'd like to see an in-app dark mode where the main interface isn't stark white. I already have my Mac and Google search set to dark mode, this is literally the only thing that's still so bright. It really can be a risk for HIPAA-compliance with the glasses reflection issue while the calendar is pulled up. 

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  • D. Berkeley Davis, LPC

    Adding my voice to the suggestion of dark mode. It is necessary. 

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  • Christopher A. St. John

    Ditto.  This is killing my eyes. 

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  • Elizabeth Viney

    I've been following the dark mode posts for what feels like forever - can we please get an update on this? Desperately needed

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  • D. Berkeley Davis, LPC

    I agree. It's desperately needed on the web and I'm frankly a bit shocked that we don't have it by now. There are browser extensions that will do it, but they aren't perfect.

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  • Jordan Berry

    Three years later and as of today, 10/20/23, my eyes are still being negatively affected by the completely white screen I have to work with for 8+ hours 5 days per week. Please address this, please add a dark mode option!

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  • D. Berkeley Davis, LPC

    I have found some Chrome extensions that help a little. Super Dark Mode is relatively easy to turn off and on, and it mostly works with Simple Practice.

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  • Jordan Berry

    >> I'm not sure Chrome plugins/extensions will be HIPAA compliant. Ideally a native dark mode in SimplePractice is what is called for.

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  • Paul Wierzbicki

    As a social worker, I have a comittment (ethically) to my patients AND my colleagues (as well as myself). 
    Advocating for self-care is also a responsibility now, thanks NASW! 

    Please, I have everything else in dark mode, but when I'm at my computer starting at everything for 8 hours a day--my eye fatigue is terrible! 

    So, just keeping it on the charts here for myself and everyone else!  

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  • Christopher A. St. John

    Thank you, Paul.  Also to everyone else regarding this matter.  I could not agree more.  

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  • Maura Rupp

    Hi! I tried to follow your tips for dark mode on a desktop and it does not exist as laid out. I can go to settings but there is no "personalization" option after that. Please, my eyes hurt so bad from this glaring white screen all day, and it's made my migraines worse. How do we access dark mode across the simple practice medium? 

    Please I am adding my voice to beg you guys to fix this. It's affecting my health. 

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  • Christopher A. St. John

    Maura-

    I'm sorry you are experiencing this.  Even as I type this, it is a totally white page.  I'm seriously at a loss.  

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  • Sarah Schaffer

    PLEASE implement this ASAP!  I have headaches at the end of the night after looking at SP all day.  

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  • Maura Rupp

    Yeah, I've kind of decided they just do not care to fix this glaring white, migraine inducing screen. I'm looking for other platforms to work from. In this thread alone, we have been begging for three solid years to get a dark mode. Simple Practice has shown they do NOT care about our health as providers.

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  • Bruce Hearn

    Dark mode chrome extensions solve the problem without having to rely on simplepractice to get this done

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  • Paul Wierzbicki

    Bruce,
    Please provide additional details. I believe i have my dark mode settings set on my browser and this isn't working for me.

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  • Simon Bresler

    Also, I don’t think that dark mode chrome extension is the right solution. Sometimes chrome extensions can put our security at risk, and especially with patients I’d be extra mindful of using this third-party, software. Anyway, This should be an easy SimplePractice fix… it would mean a lot if they could attend to this issue. We all suffer from fatigue at staring at screens all day and making it a little bit easier and more healthy would mean a lot.

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  • D. Berkeley Davis, LPC

    I use Super Dark Mode for Chrome. It isn't perfect, but it helps. An extension that simply inverts/changes/overlays colors without reading data doesn't put anything at risk.

    Ideally Simple Practice needs to implement this, but there are safe workarounds in the meantime.

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  • Carolyn Nelham

    I am working on a mac and it has a wide array of accessibility features. In the vision category there is a setting called smart invert and it makes the screen black and the font another colour. I also increase the contrast. It is worth going through the setting because you can adjust the screen in different ways. I add a shortcut in the control manager and have a free floating contrôler for zooming in on the screen. It makes it quick to invert the screen when needed and turn it off.

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  • Bruce Hearn

    I use the chrome extension on Mac named “dark reader” and have been happy with it. They have a privacy statement stating they do not collect data on their website, and their software is open source. “Dark Reader” also works on the Edge browser in Windows. 

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  • Michael Johnston

    Any update on this. My eyes are melting. 

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  • Christopher A. St. John

    I keep hoping but to no avail.

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  • Sherri Miller

    Not sure if this might work for you but it sure has for me!  My assistant helped me figure this out for my HP laptop !  At the same time, hold down shift + alt + PRT SC (next to my power button).  Does it make dark mode happen for you on SP?  Hoping it helps someone out there -- it's been a game changer for me !

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  • Jordan Berry

    7 months since my last post requesting dark mode and no updates, no acknowledgment. Today is May 8, 2024. Requesting dark mode for Simple Practice with the utmost urgency!!!

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  • Sasha Strong

    Hi SP staff,

    I'm Autistic and have light sensitivity, particularly at night. It's 11pm right now, and I currently am using fl.ux (for red frequency shift— which Ruth referred to above) and wearing sunglasses to write this comment. Would LOVE some real native dark mode implementation in SP on the desktop!

    Can I use DarkReader on Firefox? Sure. But wouldn't it be cool if SP could do it by itself, so users wouldn't have to find workarounds for a feature that exists on most websites already?

    Here's a fun link about doing dark mode implementation in CSS:

    https://css-tricks.com/a-complete-guide-to-dark-mode-on-the-web/

    Please hook it up! Thx. ☺

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