How to disable dark mode for Google Chrome on Windows 10

If you don't like the dark mode on Chrome, use these steps to disable the feature.

Disable dark mode on Chrome

Google Chrome finally has dark mode native support on Windows 10 starting with version 74 for anyone wanting to switch from the light to dark gray color scheme experience — similar to the color available with incognito mode.

The only caveat is that it’s not a feature that you can enable within the browser, as you need to change your Windows 10 experience to use the dark mode in the Settings app before you can use the new color scheme. However, if the new dark color theme isn’t for you, there’s a --disable-features=darkMode flag to disable the dark mode completely in Chrome.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to disable the dark mode for Google Chrome on Windows 10.

Important: This used to work in the past, but now, it may or may not work, as it appears that Google is making changes to this flag.

How to disable dark mode on Chrome using flag

Use the steps to disable the dark mode for Chrome on Windows 10:

  1. Open Chrome.

  2. Right-click the app button in the taskbar.

  3. Select the Pin to taskbar option.

  4. Right-click the app button again.

  5. Right-click the Google Chrome item and select the Properties option.

    Taskbar app context menu
    Taskbar app context menu
  6. Click the Shortcut tab.

  7. In the “Target” field, append the following flag at the end of the path:


    The Target should look like similar to this line: "C:\Users\xboxl\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-features=DarkMode.

    Disable dark mode Chrome flag
    Disable dark mode Chrome flag
  8. Click the Apply button.

  9. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, every time you start Google Chrome using the taskbar button you’ll get the same old experience with lighter colors.

If you want to revert the changes, use the same instructions, but on step No. 7, make sure to remove the --disable-features=darkMode flag from the “Target” field.