How to Enable Dark Mode on a Chromebook

Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android now all have dedicated dark and light modes. Chrome OS devices do this too, although it’s not as easy to find. We’ll show you how to use dark mode on a Chromebook.

At the time of writing in June 2022, Chrome OS does not have an “official” dark mode or light mode. The default theme is kind of a mix of dark and light elements. However, Google is working on dark and light mode, which we can enable right now with a feature flag.

Warning: This feature is not enabled for everyone for a reason. It may not work properly and negatively impact your browser’s performance. Always enable flags at your own risk.

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Dark/Light mode applies to the entire system user interface. This means that the shelf (taskbar), app launcher, system tray with quick settings toggles, and system apps are affected. At the moment, you only have the option to switch between modes manually.

Chrome OS light and dark theme

To get started, open Chrome and type chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.

Go to the chrome flags page.

You will now be on a page titled “Tests” with two columns: “Available” and “Unavailable”. Use the search bar at the top to find an indicator labeled “System UI Dark/Light Mode”.

Find it "Dark/Light for System UI" flag.

Click on the drop-down menu and select “Enabled”.

Activate the flag.

You will be prompted to “restart” your Chromebook to apply the changes.

Restart the device to save the Chromebook flag

Once your Chromebook restarts, tap the clock in the shelf to open the system tray. You will see a new toggle for “Dark Theme”. Simply click on it to switch between themes.

Enable or disable the dark theme.

That’s all we can say about it! You now have Chrome OS with dark and light modes. Eventually this will become a standard feature on Chromebooks, but for now you can take advantage of the hidden functionality. You can also use the “Night Light” function to make the screen easier on your eyes.

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