How to Use Google Chrome Dark Mode

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There are several advantages to using Google Chrome dark mode, the least of which is how easy it is to activate. Making the change for mobile improves battery life, as Google confirmed apps with dark interfaces use less battery power than bright apps. 

For everyone else, dark mode helps you sleep better at night as screens emit less blue light in dark mode. Given that the risks of sleep deprivation include high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, it’s worth trying Chrome dark mode to see if it helps.

This is to say nothing of the aesthetic appeal of dark mode. Using apps in dark mode makes a stark and appealing contrast to the general brightness of things like Facebook. 

With all that out of the way, let’s look at how to use Google Chrome Dark Mode. 

Google Chrome Dark for Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings fr your computer and click “Personalization.” Open the “Colors” section and scroll down to “Choose your default app mode.”  
  2. Change the setting to “Dark” and every app with a native dark mode, such as Google Chrome, automatically uses this dark mode. You don’t need to restart your browser to activate Chrome dark mode this way. 

Google Chrome Dark for macOS

  1. Open the System Preferences, click “General” and then “Appearance.”
  2. Choose the “Dark” setting. Like Windows, macOS automatically enables dark mode on all apps that have such a mode built-in. 

Google Chrome Dark For Android

  1. Dark mode on Android is still an experimental feature, so keep in mind that some things might look a little off at first. Enter chrome://flags in your Chrome address bar. 
  2. Tap the box to “Search Flags” and search for “Dark.” You’ll see the two options; “Android web contents dark mode” and “Android Chrome UI dark mode.” Choose the first option to have Chrome detect if there is a dark version of a website it can apply. If such a version doesn’t exist, Chrome will flip the colors to make one. The second option turns the overall browser interface dark. 
  3. Open the drop-down menu on the option you want to activate, enable the setting, and then restart your browser. 
  4. Open the settings menu, open the “Themes” section and then choose “Dark.” If you don’t have a themes section, try restarting Chrome again. 

Google Chrome Dark for iPad/iPhone

Google hasn’t released an official dark mode for iOS, but they are working on it. There’s no telling when it could be released. Until then, you can still play with your settings to get a similar change; 

  1. Open Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations 
  2. Toggle the “Classic Invert” feature to invert the colors on your screen, or “Smart Invert” to flip the colors on everything but images. 

Dark Mode On Other Google Products 

Chrome isn’t the only Google product that has a dark mode. There’s also a Gmail dark mode and a Google Maps dark mode. This second one is particularly helpful for using your phone for navigation. Navigation eats up a lot of battery while dark mode preserves battery life. 

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