Chrome dark mode is coming soon on Windows and Mac

by Kevin Kyburz 02/09/2019

Google looks set to introduce a dark mode to Google Chrome. Current versions in testing see the browser automatically adopt dark mode when the computer’s operating system—either macOS or Windows 10— is also set to dark mode.

9to5Google reports that the feature is found in the latest Google Chrome Canary development build—Chrome 74.

Images released by the publication show that when a PC’s operating system is set to dark mode, the tabs, address bar, borders, menus and Google Homepage on Chrome turn dark grey.

While it currently works on both Windows and Mac, 9toGoogle found it only worked on one of two Windows 10 PCs they tried it on—despite both having the same version of Chrome installed.

How significant a change is this?

While many Chrome users will no doubt be happy to see the introduction of a dark mode, its overall impact may be relatively low.

The dark mode won’t actually affect how websites themselves are displayed. Considering websites make up most of what you can see when using Chrome, users may not notice a significant difference when using Chrome in dark mode compared to regular mode.

Despite this, it is a welcome change and will join the existing dark mode settings found on a variety of Google products. These include the browser version of Gmail and apps for Google services such as YouTube, Android Messages, and Google News.


That sounds great, when can I get my hands on it?

Currently, Google Chrome dark mode is only available to those with access to the developer build. There has been no word from Google about when the feature might make it to a stable version of Chrome.

However, 9to5Google predicts that based on Google’s regular release schedule, the company could roll it out sometime in April.

Kevin Kyburz

Kevin Kyburz

Kevin Kyburz is part of Generation Y, which grew up with a Windows 95 computer and the first PlayStation. Since he discovered the Internet, there are no limits.

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