Google Chrome can force-enable dark mode on every website you visit, putting an end to those blinding white backgrounds on your beautiful dark desktop.
It’s a brute force solution
Google Chrome already has a built-in dark mode. Websites can automatically switch to dark mode if you use it, provided the site supports it. But most websites don’t have an automatic dark mode, or even a dark mode of any kind.
Rather than waiting for millions of websites to jump on the dark mode bandwagon, Chrome’s new “Force dark mode for web content” option will make all those bright websites look dark. It’s a bit like using the “Smart Invert” option on an iPhone: light colors will become light, but images will remain intact.
This is a brute force solution, and it won’t look as pretty as waiting for websites to activate their own new dark and bright themes. But it will make the web dark everywhere. Previously, you could download and install browser extensions that automatically made light websites dark. Now, this feature is built into Chrome.
Enabling this option will not enable dark mode on Chrome. For this, you will need to activate the dark mode option of your operating system. For example, in Windows 10, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select “Dark” under Choose your default app mode. On macOS, enable Dark Mode in System Preferences > General.
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Would you like to try it ? This option has been available as a hidden flag since Chrome 78. (Like all flags, this is an experimental option that can be changed or removed at any time. the Chrome settings screen, or disappear completely.
To find it, type “chrome://flags” in Chrome’s Omnibox and press Enter.
Search for “dark mode” in the search field at the top of the Experiences page that appears.
Enter “chrome://flags” into the Omnibox, then search for “dark mode”.
Click the box to the right of “Auto dark mode for web content” and select “On” as the default setting.
Click “Relaunch” to relaunch Chrome. Chrome will close and relaunch all of your open web pages. Be sure to save all content on these pages (for example, what you typed in the text boxes) before relaunching the browser.
Browse and see how it works. If you don’t like it, return to the Chrome Experiences screen, change this option back to “Default”, then relaunch the browser. Once disabled, Chrome will no longer change website colors.
You can also try other forced dark mode options. Different modes produce different results on web pages. Some of them will even invert light images, making them dark. Of course, the images will look different, but it can come in handy if you want an always-dark desktop.
Don’t feel like you have to use dark mode if you don’t like it. Dark mode is all the rage, but it’s not necessarily better for you. Despite that, we still like the dark mode.