How To Turn On Dark Mode in Google Chrome (Two Ways)

For those who want to be on the dark side!
Britt Britt (12)
3 minutes

Our eyes tend to suffer from our bright electronic screens and, thankfully, many devices and websites allow for dark mode. Not only does it look cool, but it cuts down on the amount of bright, white light shining at you!

Google Chrome is no different, however, it is trickier to find the correct setting to make things easier on your eyes. This guide explains two ways to achieve dark mode in your Google Chrome browser.

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Please note that this feature is not available to everyone and can impact your browser’s performance. Enable this flag only if you’re comfortable doing so.

Enable the dark mode flag
  • Type in chrome://flags into the search bar and hit “enter.”

  • Search for “dark mode."

  • Click the drop-down menu next to "force dark mode for web contents" and select “enabled.”

  • Make sure you don’t have any unsaved work before hitting “relaunch” to apply changes.

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Look at that difference!

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This is the easiest way to turn on dark mode for your whole Google Chrome browser.

  • Go to the Dark Theme for Chrome extension in Chrome’s web store.

  • Click the "add to Chrome" button

  • A popup will show on the screen. Click “add extension”.

  • The icon for the extension will show at the top-right corner of the browser. Make sure it’s pinned to the Chrome toolbar.

  • Toggle between dark and light mode by clicking the extension’s icon.

With the Dark Theme for Chrome extension, you can also save page or site exclusions and change the theme colors!

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Now, look at this difference! Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.

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