Learn how to switch Google Chrome to dark mode.

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Learn how to switch Google Chrome to dark mode.
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Using Google’s Chrome dark mode has a number of advantages over other browsers. Making the switch will help mobile users get more out of their batteries. Google has confirmed that apps with dark interfaces use less battery power than those with bright, white interfaces, especially on devices with OLED displays, where black pixels are actually turned off.

The switch to dark mode is a welcome one, given that both Google’s Material Design language and Facebook’s latest refresh are very white and bright. The dark mode is already available on iOS and Android, as well as macOS and Windows 11.

As a result of these factors, switching to dark mode may be a good idea for you.

Windows 10 in dark mode

  • 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.

Dark mode in Chrome 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 on Android 12 in dark mode

  • Keep in mind that some design elements may look a little strange in Chrome for Android’s dark mode. Enter chrome:/flags into the browser’s address bar to activate it.
  • Tap on the ‘Search flags’ box and enter the word dark in the field. There are two options here: ‘Android web contents dark mode’ and ‘Android Chrome UI dark mode’. The first option detects if a site’s developers have created a dark version and select it automatically. Is no dark version available? The browser will invert all colors on that website. Toggle on the second option and the browser interface turns black.
  • Select “Activated” from the drop-down menus under each of these options, then restart Chrome.
  • After that, open the settings menu and select “Dark”. Try restarting Chrome if you cannot see the Themes option.

Darkening Google’s Chrome on iOS devices

  • Simply open your iPhone or iPad’s settings and click on Accessibility.
  • Select Display Accommodation, then Invert Colors from the drop-down menu.
  • If you choose Smart Invert, you’ll be able to use dark mode across the system, including Chrome.

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