How to enable Google Chrome dark mode on all devices

From operating systems like Mac OS and Windows to e-book readers (which may offer device users a “dark reader” option) to online platforms like Pinterest and Reddit, the choice to “go dark mode” is everywhere.

Web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome also offer dark mode. You might not have known that Chrome dark mode is an option, but even if you are aware of it, you may be wondering how to switch it.

Dark Mode: A Guide to the Dark Side

Dark Mode uses a cool trick: it changes the visual theme of your desktop interface or browser window from mostly light to dark.

Also called a dark theme (or, to confuse people, a “dark mode theme”), once you select it, you’ll notice that the boxes where text and icons appear have dark shades such as gray and black, rather than the usual lighter shades.

The dark theme is a kind of negative image of the standard computer and mobile phone interface. Instead of black text on a white screen, the opposite is true: when you turn on dark mode in Chrome or your operating system, the default setting will be light text on a dark box.

Google Chrome’s dark mode option allows you to toggle this within Chrome, although the details of how to use it will depend on your device, operating system, and the web content you’re accessing.

Why turn on dark mode?

There are countless reasons why people swap the plain white background for a black one, but dark mode is generally considered to be a bit easier on the eyes. Can make reading text easier, saves battery in devices with OLED screens, ensures better sleep after bedtime, plus it makes you feel more like you are in a spy movie.

When it comes to hard data, it can be difficult to prove that dark mode, whether in Google Chrome or elsewhere, provides tangible benefits. If you feel it reduces eye strain, that’s great, but keep in mind that it may be a placebo effect.

At least many people find the aesthetic point of view difficult to overcome. If you want to turn on dark mode for the vibes – or because it looks cool while you’re creating code or content at your local coffee shop – then definitely choose a dark theme and don’t look back.

How to turn on dark mode

Before you go to Chrome settings, it’s worth knowing that the browser’s dark or light theme will follow the default settings of the operating system. This includes Mac and PC desktops and laptops, as well as Android devices and iPhones.

Although Google Chrome’s dark mode can be toggled in your browser settings, if you have dark mode enabled on your device, you don’t need to take any additional steps. This is because newer operating systems offer a system-wide dark mode and this also applies to the dark theme in the web browser.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at how to enable dark mode in your system settings.

Dark mode on Mac

  1. If your Mac is running macOS Mojave or later, you can turn on Dark Mode by clicking the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

  2. Click “System Preferences” and then select “General.”

  3. Select “Light” or “Dark” to instantly activate the screen change. Select “Auto” if you want to switch between light and dark modes depending on the time of day.

Dark mode on your computer

  1. If your computer is running Windows 10 or later, click the Windows icon in the lower left corner or press the Windows key on your keyboard. Once the “Start” menu opens, click on the gear icon to open the settings.

  2. Select “Personalization” from the options menu.

  3. Click “Colors,” then scroll to the “Select default app mode” switch.

  4. Select “Dark” and dark mode will be applied immediately.

Dark mode on iPhone

  1. To enable dark mode in the Google Chrome iPhone app, go to “Settings” and scroll down to “Display & Brightness.”

  2. In the “Appearance” section, select “Dark” and it will automatically switch to dark mode.

  3. To schedule Dark Mode on a specific schedule (e.g. Dark Mode starts at sunset), click “Options” and adjust it as you wish.

Dark mode on your Android device

  1. Open the Google Chrome app on your phone.

  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, click the three dots icon representing the “More” menu. Scroll down to “Settings” and then select “Themes.”

  3. Here you can choose between dark and light mode. You can also switch to dark mode only when you want to save battery.

Toggle Chrome Dark Mode in your browser

  1. Open Google Chrome. In the lower right corner of the new tab, click the “Customize Chrome” icon.

  2. Appearance will appear as an option. You have three options: light theme, dark theme, or device theme. The device theme will reflect everything you have selected on your device.

  3. You can also go to Settings under the Chrome heading in your browser. Select “Appearance”.

  4. You will be able to select dark mode again.

Dark mode limitations

When you select Dark Mode in System Preferences or Chrome, you may notice that not all web content appears to be in Dark Mode. This is because the dark theme changes the browser, but not the content and text you encounter on the Internet.

Fortunately, there is a workaround in Google Chrome that essentially lets you force dark mode, but it requires a few extra steps.

  1. Open Chrome. In the browser bar, paste the following text: chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark

  2. On the page that opens, select “Force dark mode for web content.”

  3. Select “Enabled”.

  4. Close Chrome and restart it. Thanks to this, the change will apply to online content.

Now this is interesting

In 1948, the display of the first programmable computer—dubbed “Manchester Baby” by its designers—was powered by cathode ray tubes, much like the radar used in World War II. The screen was black with light text.

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