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

Get that dark aesthetic going.
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April 4, 2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook front angled
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Chrome OS lacked a very important feature to begin with — dark mode. However, Google has since then added the feature, starting with the beta channel and, more recently, in the stable channel. It’s still not a simple settings toggle, though. Here’s how to enable the dark mode on Chrome OS.

Read more: How to turn on dark mode in Google apps

QUICK ANSWER 

To enable dark mode on Chrome OS, go to chrome://flagsin Google Chrome, and enable the Dark/light mode of system UI and Force Dark Mode for Web Contents flags. You can then use the Dark theme toggle in the Quick Settings on your Chromebook.


How to turn on the Chrome OS Dark Mode

Open Google Chrome, type in chrome://flags,and hit the Enter key. In the flags menu search bar, type dark. Next to Dark/light mode of system UI, click the drop-down selector that says Disabled. Click Enabled.

Chrome OS Darklight mode of system UI flag
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The Force Dark Mode for Web Contents option should be next in the search results. Click the drop-down selector next to it that says Disabled, and click Enabled.

Chrome OS Force Dark Mode for Web Contents flag
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You can also type chrome://flags/#dark-light-modeand chrome://flags/#dark-light-mode in Google Chrome to directly navigate to the flags. Once you’ve enabled them, click the Restart button at the bottom of the flags menu.

Chrome OS dark mode toggle
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Once the Chromebook has restarted, open the Quick Settings by clicking on the time at the bottom right corner of your screen. Click the upward arrow to expand it if the menu is collapsed. There will be a Dark theme toggle there now, which you can click to enable and disable dark mode on your Chromebook.


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FAQs

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.

You can use the Dark mode toggle in the Quick Settings to disable the dark mode on your Chromebook.