How to Enable Dark Mode for Google Chrome

Gabriela Haynes
8 months ago

Dark Mode has become increasingly popular with many users as it reduces visual strain and improves readability. Google Chrome is the latest application to offer its own version of Dark Mode, allowing users to customize their browsing experience in a new way. We will tell you how to enable Dark Mode for Google Chrome.

Table of contents:

How to Enable Chrome’s Dark Mode on Windows 10

Once you have enabled the Windows 10 dark theme, you can now enable Chrome’s dark mode. 

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your screen to bring up a menu. 
  2. Click on “Settings” and scroll down until you see the Appearance section. Make sure that “Use system default” is selected, which will enable Chrome’s dark mode when your Windows 10 theme is switched to Dark Mode. 
  3. If you want to change any other settings related to themes or appearance within Chrome, this is where you can do it. You can also choose from additional light or dark themes here if you don’t want to use the Windows 10 default theme. 
  4. When finished, click Done to apply the changes.

It’s important to note that this feature is only available if you have a version of Google Chrome released after April 2019, so make sure your browser is up-to-date and running the latest version before attempting to enable dark mode. Also, some websites may not render correctly or look different when using dark mode. If this happens, you can switch back to light mode by selecting “Use system default” in the Appearance section of Settings.

How to Enable Chrome’s Dark Mode on Windows 11

To enable Chrome’s dark mode on Windows 11, you must first make sure that your computer is running the latest version of Windows. 

  1. To update Windows, open Settings and then select “Update & Security” from the menu on the left side of the window. Once there, click “Check for Updates” and follow any instructions to install any necessary updates.
  2. Once your computer is up-to-date, open Chrome and click the three dots icon in the upper right corner of your browser window. This will open a dropdown menu with various options. Click on “Settings”, which will open a new page displaying all of Chrome’s settings. 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of this page until you find the section labelled “Appearance”. Here, you will see an option to enable “Dark Mode”. Once this option is enabled, Chrome’s interface and menus will be displayed in dark mode. 

You now have a darker browsing experience with Chrome on Windows 11.

How to Enable Chrome’s Dark Mode on macOS

Once Dark Mode is enabled in macOS, Chrome will follow suit. To turn on Dark Mode in macOS: 

  1. Click the Apple Logo at the top left of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. 
  2. On the System Preferences window, click on “General”. 
  3. Scroll down to “Appearance” and then choose either “Light” or “Dark” from the list below it. You can also change this setting to automatically switch between light and dark when you turn your computer off and on again by checking the box labeled “Automatically adjust appearance to match environment.” 
  4. Once you have made your selection, close the window and Chrome will now switch its interface to match the Dark Mode setting on macOS. 

You can also manually toggle between light and dark mode in Chrome by clicking on the three vertical dots at the top right corner of any page, then selecting “Settings” from the drop-down menu, followed by “Appearance” and then either “Light” or “Dark”. This way, you can use a different color scheme in Chrome even if your macOS is set to a different one.

How to Install a Dark Mode Extension

Once you have found a suitable Chrome dark mode extension, the next step is to install it. The exact steps involved will vary depending on the specific extension you are using. Generally speaking, however, the process is relatively straightforward and can be completed in just a few simple steps. 

  1. First, ensure that your browser is updated to its most recent version before beginning installation of any extensions. This helps to prevent any conflicts between versions which may occur if you attempt to install an extension onto an outdated version of Chrome. 
  2. Then navigate to the website hosting the desired dark mode extension. Read through all instructions regarding installation carefully, as some extensions require additional permission beyond simply clicking “Install” before they become fully active. If necessary, grant any requested permissions and click “Install”. 
  3. If the installation was successful, you should now see the extension icon in your browser. From this point on, all you have to do is simply click the icon anytime you need to turn dark mode on or off. Depending on your specific extension, it may also include additional features or settings that can be accessed from within the browser as well. 

You are now ready to enjoy a more relaxing browsing experience with a Chrome dark mode extension installed. 

In conclusion

Overall, Dark Mode for Google Chrome is a great way to reduce eye strain and make the browsing experience more comfortable. Enabling it only takes a few clicks, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try. You may find that your eyes thank you for making the switch.