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.
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 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.
1. Enter the Settings menu, choose ‘Personalization’ click ‘Colors’ and scroll down to the switch marked ‘Choose your default app mode’.
2. 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.
1. Open ‘System Preferences’, click ‘General’, select ‘Appearance’.
2. Select the ‘Dark’ option. As with Windows, all apps with a native dark mode will change automatically with no further input from you.
1. 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.
2. 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.