Chrome’s dark mode has lots of advantages from Google’s web browser, and it’s easy to use. For mobile users, making the change will help boost battery life. Google itself has confirmed that apps need less battery power for darker interfaces than those with bright, white ones, particularly on devices with OLED displays, where black pixels are actually turned off.
Although the jury is still out on the subject, you might also find that dark mode improves your sleep, since it exposes you to less blue light, which might disturb your circadian rhythm.
Step by step process to turn on dark mode in Google Chrome
Dark mode has already appeared in iOS and Android, alongside macOS and soon Windows 11, so it’s refreshing making the change to dark mode for your browser since both Google’s Material Design language and Facebook’s latest refresh is very white and bright.
If these reasons sound like a good reason to switch to Chrome dark mode, read on to find out how to switch in Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.
Chrome dark mode for Windows 10
- Enter the Settings menu, choose ‘Personalization’ click ‘Colors’ and scroll down to the switch marked ‘Choose your default app mode’.
- Change this to ‘Dark’ and all apps with a native dark mode, including Chrome, will change color. There’s no need to restart your browser.
Chrome dark mode for macOS
- Open ‘System Preferences, click ‘General’, select ‘Appearance’.
- Select the ‘Dark’ option. As with Windows, all apps with a native dark mode will change automatically with no further input from you.
Chrome dark mode for Android
- The dark mode is still an experimental feature in Chrome for Android, so bear in mind that some design elements might look a little strange. To activate it, enter chrome://flags in the browser’s address bar.
- Tap the ‘Search flags’ box and enter the work dark. You’ll find two options here: ‘Android web contents dark mode’ and ‘Android Chrome UI dark mode’. If you activate the first option, Chrome will detect if a site’s developers have created a dark version and select it automatically. If there’s no dark version available, the browser will invert the site’s colors. Activating the second option means that the browser interface itself will turn dark.
- Tap the drop-down menu under each of these options and change the setting to ‘Activated’, then restart Chrome.
- Now open the settings menu, tap ‘Themes’ and select ‘Dark’. If you can’t see the Themes option, restart Chrome again and it should appear.
Chrome dark mode for iPad or iPhone
Google hasn’t released a dark mode for Chrome on iOS, but it’s a work in progress and may become available with the browser’s next major update. We’ll update this article with instructions on activating it when it arrives. For the time being, you can use the Invert feature to achieve a similar effect.
- Open ‘Settings’ and select ‘General > Accessibility > Display accommodations.
- Toggle ‘Classic Invert’ to invert the colors of everything on your device’s screen, or ‘Smart invert‘ to leave images alone but invert everything else.
Popular Google services
Chrome isn’t the only Google product that supports dark mode. Gmail dark mode lets you view your inbox without the glare of the standard white interface, and there’s now a universal dark mode for Google Maps too. This is particularly handy for mobile devices, as it lets you conserve a little extra energy while using your phone’s battery-hungry GPS navigation.