How to match Windows 11 accent color on Google Chrome

Chrome's customization settings now allows the browser to match the accent color of Windows 11.

Chrome using Windows 11 accent color
Chrome using Windows 11 accent color

Google Chrome has a customization option that allows the browser to match the accent color of Windows 11 for a more consistent experience, and in this guide, you will learn how.

As part of the latest interface refresh in 2023, Chrome is bringing some of the “Material You” design language already found on ChromeOS and Android to Windows 11, which introduces various visual changes.

For example, you can find the toolbar with larger buttons and rounded corners at the top, and many of the dialogs have been updated with rounded corners, and the menus now follow the browser color scheme. The buttons in the address bar (such as the one for share and site information) have also been updated with a new design.

In addition, the browser (version 119 from the Canary Channel) also introduces a new customization experience that, besides letting you change color modes and choose different color schemes, also allows you to enable an option so that the browser can match the accent color of Windows 11.

This guide will teach you the steps to allow Chrome to follow the device color on Windows 11.

Enable Chrome to match accent color of Windows 11

To match the Windows 11 accent color on Chrome (version 119 and higher), use these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome on Windows 11.

  2. Click the Side Panel button next to the address bar.

  3. Select the Customize Chrome option from the drop-down menu.

    Quick tip: If the option isn’t available, click the “Customize Chrome” button from a new tab page. Alternatively, you can use these instructions to enable the new customization side panel.
  4. Turn on the “Follow device colors” toggle switch.

    Follow device colors

Once you complete the steps, Chrome will change the color theme to match the accent color on Windows 11. In the Side Panel, you can also choose from several pre-defined color themes and create a custom color. In addition, if you select the “Dark” option, Chrome will continue to follow the device color or the color you chose in the settings but using the dark tones.

You can change the accent color on Windows 11 from Settings > Personalization > Colors and, under the “Accent color” section, choose the color scheme you want to use on your computer and Chrome. You can also follow these instructions.

If the option isn’t present on Google Chrome, it’s because you’re not using the version that supports the new personalization settings. At the time of this writing, Google is still testing this feature in the latest build of its web browser available through the Canary Channel.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].