Turning off the light

How to enable native dark theme for Google Chrome on Windows 10

You can now use Chrome with a native dark theme, and here's how to enable the new mode.

Chrome with dark theme enabled

Google is finally bringing native dark theme support to its Chrome web browser. The new interface change was previously confirmed to arrive to MacOS Mojave, and now, the latest preview of Chrome also confirms that dark theme is coming to Windows 10.

If you want to give the dark theme for Chrome a try (via 9To5Google), there’s a new --force-dark- flag enables the dark mode every time you start the browser.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to try out the upcoming dark theme for Google Chrome.

How to enable dark theme on Chrome

To enable the new dark theme for Chrome on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Download and install the Canary version of Chrome.

  2. Open Chrome.

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

  4. Select the Pin to taskbar option.

  5. Right-click the app button again.

  6. Right-click the Google Chrome and select the Properties options.

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

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

    --force-dark-mode

    The Target should look like similar to this line: "C:\Users\xboxl\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" --force-dark-mode.

    Chrome flag to force dark mode
    Chrome flag to force dark mode
  9. Click the Apply button.

  10. Click the OK button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, every time you start Google Chrome using the taskbar button you’ll get to use the new dark theme.

If you want to revert the changes, use the same instructions, but on step No. 8, make sure to remove the --force-dark-mode flag from the Target field.

The Chrome dark theme is under development, as such don’t expect to be fully functional. While may look complete, it’s not as you’ll notice the elements, such as menu still using black fonts which are unreadable when using a dark color scheme.