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How to activate dark mode in Google Chrome for Android

There are two ways to activate Google Chrome’s dark mode, and it’s for the simple reason that this feature has taken some time to implement. Since version 78 of the web browser it is a natively integrated function, whereas previously it was an experimental function. Therefore, in versions prior to the one mentioned, you have to take advantage of the ‘flags’ menu, which is where this and many other experimental functions are hidden. The operation, by the implementation method, may be different between version 78 onwards and all previous versions of the web browser.

How to activate the dark mode of Google Chrome

Since the introduction of dark mode in Google Chrome as a native feature, activating it can be carried out with just a couple of taps on the screen. This option appears within the General Settings of the application, as follows:

Opening the Google Chrome application, on the main screen of the same you have to touch on the upper right corner on the button with three points in portrait orientation. Here we will have to select one of the last options, that of Setting, to open the specific panel in full and then access Topics. Once we click here, we will find, in the last place, three different options: Default, Light and Dark.

In the ‘Default’ option, the system will indicate to the app which theme to use; thus, in Android 10 the same configuration that has been applied to the system will be applied. However, if we want to force the dark mode in this app we would have to select Dark. And if we do not want the system configuration to be inherited, and we want Google Chrome with the classic color configuration, we should select Clear here so that the system’s own setting is ignored.

Activate Google Chrome’s dark mode in old versions

The procedure is simple. On our mobile, or on our tablet, we have to open the web browser and, in the URL address bar at the top, enter chrome: // flags. We will put this exactly the same as if it were the address of a web page and we will enter, in such a way that we will access the menu of flags, as can be seen in the screenshot just below:

Once here, we have the integrated search engine to locate the section Android Chrome UI dark mode. It is in the section of ‘Available’, which means that it is an experimental feature that is available to users. In this section we will find that there is a drop-down, just below, which is configured as ‘Default’. You will simply have to click on it to display all the available options and, as in the screenshot, we will have to select Enabled. When doing so, the web browser will ask us to restart the application.

Restarting may not switch directly to dark mode due to app cache. In that case we can try close the app multitasking manually, and after a few minutes reopen it. In this way, the device should clear the cache, and now we will see the web browser with the dark mode as we selected it a few moments ago.