Activate Google Chrome Night Mode on Android

Google is currently rolling out an update for Google Chrome that adds an experimental feature: you can manually activate dark mode (also known as night mode). We explain how to do this.

Now that more and more smartphones with an OLED screen are appearing on the market, the importance of a dark mode has become increasingly important. Such a mode can ensure that you consume less energy, since black pixels on an OLED screen are not activated and therefore do not use power. More and more apps have a dark mode, such as Telegram, Google Maps, Slack, and now Google Chrome can also add to that list.

Please note: this is an experimental function for the time being. So you have to take into account that the app may function incorrectly. So problems may arise that you have not encountered before. In practice, however, it will work. But if you come across something that is not right or that no longer works properly, you would do well to turn off the experimental function. If you want to try Chrome in dark mode, make sure you follow the steps below. You do need at least version 74 of the Chrome app for this.

How to activate dark mode for Chrome

First, open the Chrome app. In the address bar, type or copy "chrome://flags" (without the quotes). In the search bar that is now displayed, type in 'dark', after which the option 'Android Chrome UI dark mode' appears. Press the Default button and then the Enabled option. Now you will have to restart the Chrome app. Once you've done that, go to Settings (by tapping the three dots at the top right) and tap Dark mode. In the next screen you can switch the button, after which Chrome switches immediately.

However, the dark mode does not work very well yet. For example, certain texts may no longer be readable (such as website names in the tabs). Also, websites with a separate color for the Chrome address bar can still display their own color. By the way, if you want to disable the feature, you can do that within the settings and toggle the same slider. Or you go back to the experimental settings of the browser, look for the option, press the Enabled and choose Default. Then the app will function completely normally.

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