In this guide, we discuss how to enable dark mode in iOS, macOS, Windows and Android devices.
Chrome dark mode has lots of advantages, 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. Being sleep-deprived will not only make you grumpy, but also puts you at greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
That’s not to mention how cool it looks. It’s refreshing making the change to dark mode, since both Google’s Material Design language and Facebook’s latest refresh are 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.
However, making Google Chrome go into dark mode isn’t as easy as some other apps. On most devices, there’s no switch you can flip, or box you can check off.
Instead, to use dark mode in Chrome, you’ll have to either edit your device’s settings, download an extension or theme, or browse in incognito mode.
How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 10 and macOS
Google Chrome gained a built-in dark theme on Windows in Chrome 74 and on macOS in Chrome 73. To enable Chrome’s dark theme, just switch your operating system to dark mode.
On Windows 10, head to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select “Dark” under “Choose your default app mode.” On a Mac, enable the system-wide dark mode.
Enabling system-wide dark app mode on Windows 10
Here’s how to activate Chrome’s new dark mode if you’d rather use dark mode in Chrome and light mode throughout the rest of Windows 10. That article also includes instructions for tweaking the color of Chrome’s window title bars.
Chrome dark mode for Android
- 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.
How to turn on dark mode in Google Chrome on an iPhone
You can turn on dark mode in the Google Chrome app on your iPhone by going to “Display & Brightness” in your iPhone’s “Settings” menu, and choosing “Dark” or “Automatic.”
If your iPhone lacks dark mode, there’s an alternative you can use to change the theme of Google Chrome through your Accessibility settings:
- Go to your phone’s “Settings” app.
- Scroll down and tap “Accessibility.”
- Choose “Accessibility” in the “Settings” menu.
- Tap “Display & Text Size.” Under “Vision,” toggle on either “Classic Invert” or “Smart Invert,” depending on your preferences. Your phone will flash and then immediately transition to the new mode.
- Select either “Smart Invert” or “Classic Invert.” This adjustment will affect all applicable apps, including Google Chrome.
Other 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.
Applying a Dark Theme
Chrome supports user-created themes, which you can download from the Chrome Web Store. To give Chrome a dark interface, all you have to do is install a dark theme. Google even provides a helpful collection of editor-selected dark themes. This will give your Chrome browser a dark mode on Windows 7, Linux, Chrome OS, and other operating systems it isn’t available on.
We recommend Morphe on Dark, which is the most popular dark theme in the Store. Unlike some other dark themes, it provides a decent amount of contrast between your active tab, which is a bit lighter, and your inactive tabs, which are darker.
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This theme turns the tab bar, title bar, toolbar, and New Tab page dark. That’s all you can theme in Chrome. You can’t make Chrome’s context menus or Settings page dark, for example.
Update: Chrome’s new built-in dark mode makes context menus dark, too!
If you ever want to switch back to Chrome’s default theme you can, click menu > Settings. Look for the Themes option under appearance and click “Reset to Default.”
Install a Dark Mode Extension
A theme changes your browser’s interface, but most websites use white backgrounds. Sure, you can enable dark mode in Gmail and some other websites individually, but that only works for one website at a time.
To get a dark mode for the entire web, install the Dark Reader extension from the Chrome Web Store. Some other browser extensions work similarly, but we like Dark Reader most out of all the dark mode extensions we’ve tried.
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This extension automatically applies a dark style to every web page you visit, and you can click the Dark Reader button on your toolbar to adjust it. You can also disable dark mode for a website from here. The extension even lets you set sites to never open in dark mode, which is useful if Dark Reader doesn’t work well with a website.
Unfortunately, Chrome’s Settings pages will always be white and blue. Extensions can’t tamper with these for security reasons. Chrome’s context menus are provided by the operating system, so you can’t turn those dark—at least not until Windows 10’s dark mode applies to application context menus, too.
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