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Chrome OS dark mode: Here's how to enable it

Get that dark aesthetic going.
September 6, 2023

Chrome OS lacked a very important feature, which was dark mode. However, Google eventually added the feature, starting with the beta channel, then the stable channel, until finally, it became a standard feature for everyone in the Chrome OS settings. Here’s how to enable dark mode on Chrome OS. It’s very easy and your eyes will thank you for it.


To enable dark mode on Chrome OS, go to your Chromebook's Settings, then go to Personalization. Go into Set your wallpaper & style. Under the Wallpaper section, you will see the Theme section where you can choose between Light, Dark, and Auto. Select Dark and everything will go black. Selecting Auto will only make the computer dark when it is dark outside at your geographical location. This will require revealing your location to Google.

Editor’s note: We used an ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip running Chrome OS version 116.0.5845.168. Some steps may change depending on your device and software version.

How to turn on the Chrome OS dark mode

Changing your Chromebook’s theme isn’t too hard, but the option is a bit hidden. Let’s walk you through the process step by step.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Go into the Personalization tab.
  3. Click on Set your wallpaper & style.
  4. Under the Wallpaper section, you will see the Theme section.
  5. Here, you can select between Light, Dark, or Auto.

Bear in mind that Auto will require that you tell the Chrome OS your geographical location so it knows what time of the day it is where you are. Privacy-minded users may not like that idea.


The Chrome OS dark mode displays dark greys in most cases instead of pitch black, so even if you have an OLED screen on your Chromebook, the battery life change will be minimal at best.

Go back to Settings > Personalization > Set your wallpaper & style, and select Light or Auto.