How to Enable Dark Mode Within Chrome

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

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It has long been an accepted fact that an increase in display brightness has an unfavorable impact on the life expectancy of the battery powering the device be it a laptop or smartphone.

A fact admitted by Google when, during last year’s Android Dev Summit, the company conceded defeat by apologizing on it’s insistence that white should be used by developers through it’s material design initiative.

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During the event in which the company promoted it’s updated Material initiative, Google confirmed, through a thorough presentation that’s centered around “Dark mode” and how it affects battery life and performance, that using less white improves battery performance.

The search giant went further into to explain that among the three primary colors, blue uses up the most power, at about 25 percent more compared to both red and green.

To mitigate this issue, Dark mode is going to be the centerpiece for its newest design initiative with Apps like YouTube, Android messages, Google News all benefiting from the newest design overlay.

Admittingly, Dark mode for Chrome OS hasn’t officially arrive but there are some Chrome Web Store extensions that can change the display interface of websites hence giving them a dark makeover.

Here Are The Top Chrome Extensions You Should Look Into:

Dark Reader

Dark Night Mode

Dark Mode


Note: These are only extensions for the Chrome browser and only change the appearance of websites.

If you are impatient and know your way around the inner workings of Chrome, you might want to take a look at this Reddit post illustrating a working dark mode for Chrome.

Dark Mode For Chrome Reddit


It is worth noting that this feature is a work in progress and might not function as expected. Let us know if there’s anything we missed.


Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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