You can now enable dark mode on Chrome on Android phones. Google has been working towards a future where users can choose between the traditional white UI and a new dark mode. The search engine giant has already included the dark mode option on some of its most popular apps such as Calculator, Google Play Games, Phone, Contacts, Messages, Maps, Gmail and YouTube.
Furthermore, Android Q is expected to include a system-wide dark theme in its official release. Other companies such as Samsung have already implemented this mode on their custom systems (Android 9.0 Pie One Ui). Google has now released a new version of the Chrome browser that supports dark mode.
Dark mode has been available in some Canary builds for a while, but it has just made it into the official Chrome app. However, this option is still experimental and in beta, so there are a few things you have to do before you can enable it. The good news is that you do not need root or anything similar. Follow the guide below to learn how to enable Chrome dark mode on Android.
How To Enable Dark Mode on Google Chrome browser Android
Google implemented dark mode for the first time on Google Chrome v74. So you need to make sure you are running version 74 or later, otherwise you will not be able to enable dark mode. Furthermore, since it is an experimental feature, you need to manually enable this feature.
1. Download Google Chrome version 74 or later
The earliest Chrome version you can download in order to enable dark theme is version 74. You will not be able to activate this feature if you have an earlier version. To check the Chrome version on your phone, go to Settings > Apps > Chrome and scroll down to check the current version.
You can download the latest version of Chrome directly from Play Store.
You can also manually download and sideload the APK file if you cannot download it from Play Store.
- Download Dark Mode Google Chrome APK | Download
2. Enable Chrome Dark UI Flags
Now that you have installed the proper version of the app, you need to enable the proper flags. Flags are a set of experimental features that Google is creating and polishing but have yet to be officially included. Yet, Google gives you the chance to enable features such as dark mode before they become official.
- Make sure you have the latest version of the app installed.
- Open Chrome, and type the following text on the search bar: chrome://flags
- Find the search bar that says “Search flags” and type dark.
- You will get two options: Android Chrome UI dark mode and Android web contents dark mode. If you want a dark UI only through the settings menu, enable the first one. If you want the web contents to be dark, enable the second option as well.
- A warning will pop up. Tap on Relaunch Now.
3. Enable Chrome Dark UI Mode
Now that the proper flags are activated, you can go ahead and enable dark mode.
- Launch Chrome again.
- Tap the three little dots at the top right corner and go to Settings.
- Scroll down and you will find Dark Mode under Homepage. Tap on it.
- Tap on the switch to enable dark mode.
That is it. You have enabled Chrome’s dark mode feature on your Android phone. If your phone’s firmware supports a system-wide dark theme, we recommend enabling that as well, especially if your phone as an OLED display. OLED displays do not use any power on dark/black backgrounds, so this is a good way to save battery power.