How to turn on Google Chrome's dark mode on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac

By Sudhanshu Singh | Published on 02 Sep 2020
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You can now use dark mode for Google Chrome on all your supported devices.

Dark mode makes displays easier to look at and saves battery.

We tell you how to turn on dark mode for Google Chrome on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

How to turn on Google Chrome's dark mode on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac

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Dark mode has become a new 'must-have' feature on your mobile phones, PCs, laptops and basically all the other devices that come with a display. The feature is slowly being integrated into apps, browsers, UI's and wherever it fits into the digital ecosystem. That's because browsing in dark mode is easier on the eyes and it saves the battery on your device too.

While there is huge ground to cover when it comes to a dark mode enabling tutorial, one of the most helpful turns out to be for Google Chrome. The browser is not only used by a huge amount of users on Android mobiles, it is also widely used on the web as well. However, enabling dark mode on Google Chrome isn't as straightforward as on many other apps. While Android mobile devices offer an easy way to activate it, Windows, Mac and iPhones have their own dark mode settings. 

But if you're wondering how to do it on your device, here's a helpful guide. 

How to enable dark mode in Google Chrome on Android and iOS smartphones

Dark mode on Android smartphones and tablets is easiest to turn on. You just have to make sure that the device is running Android 5 or above. You can follow these easy steps- 

Activating dark mode for Google Chrome on Android app.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Tap on the "More" menu (three vertical dots) at the top right corner of the app.
  3. Go to Settings > Themes.
  4. From this screen choose between dark mode, light mode or the system default mode that makes the Chrome dark when you turn on battery saver mode or your Android device settings are set to dark mode for all apps.

Activating dark mode for Google Chrome on iPhone.

For iPhones, you can turn on dark mode in the Chrome app in Settings > Display & Brightness > Dark. If your iPhone lacks dark mode, you can change it in the Accessibility settings.

To follow this process, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Smart Invert. You can also pick classic invert but that changes the actual colour tones into negative tones changing the colour of the content you see on the screen. Whereas, 'Smart Invert' reverses colours of the display excluding images, media and some other apps that use dark colour tones.

How to enable dark mode in Google Chrome on Windows

Before you begin, make sure the PC/Laptop runs Windows 10 or later. Here's how to activate it on a Windows machine-

  1. Click the Windows icon (or "Start" menu) on the bottom left if the desktop. 
  2. Go to Settings (icon looks like a gear). 
  3. Once you're into settings go to Personalisation > Colors in the left toolbar. 
  4. Scroll down until you see an option to "Choose your default app mode", then select "Dark" and Chrome will turn dark right away. 

How to enable dark mode in Google Chrome on a Mac

Before you decide to enable dark mode on your Mac system, make sure it is running macOS Mojave or newer. Also, note that turning this option on will enable dark mode for all supported apps and not just Google Chrome. Here's how to do it-

Go to system preferences.

Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the desktop and select "System Preferences" from the drop-down list.

Go to 'General'.2.

 

Click on "General".

Select from 'Appearance'.

The first thing you will see on top of the next window will be an option to choose between "Light", "Dark", and "Auto". While the first two are self-explanatory, the "Auto" mode only activates the dark mode at night.

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