Google Chrome doesn’t have a built-in dark theme like Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge do, but you can get a dark Chrome browser in a few clicks. You can even apply a dark theme to every web page you visit.

Update: Chrome now offers a built-in dark mode on Windows 10 and macOS.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Windows 10 and macOS

Google Chrome gained a built-in dark theme on Windows in Chrome 74 and on macOS in Chrome 73. To enable Chrome’s dark theme, just switch your operating system to dark mode.

On Windows 10, head to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select “Dark” under “Choose your default app mode.” On a Mac, enable the system-wide dark mode.

Enabling system-wide dark app mode on Windows 10

Here’s how to activate Chrome’s new dark mode if you’d rather use dark mode in Chrome and light mode throughout the rest of Windows 10. That article also includes instructions for tweaking the color of Chrome’s window title bars.

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Apply a Dark Theme

Chrome supports user-created themes, which you can download from the Chrome Web Store. To give Chrome a dark interface, all you have to do is install a dark theme. Google even provides a helpful collection of editor-selected dark themes. This will give your Chrome browser a dark mode on Windows 7, Linux, Chrome OS, and other operating systems it isn’t available on.

Update: Google now offers some official Chrome browser themes, including a “Just Black” dark mode theme. You may want to give that a try.

We recommend Morpheon Dark, which is the most popular dark theme in the Store. Unlike some other dark themes, it provides a decent amount of contrast between your active tab, which is a bit lighter, and your inactive tabs, which are darker.

This theme turns the tab bar, title bar, toolbar, and New Tab page dark. That’s all you can theme in Chrome. You can’t make Chrome’s context menus or Settings page dark, for example.

Update: Chrome’s new built-in dark mode makes context menus dark, too!

If you ever want to switch back to Chrome’s default theme you can, click menu > Settings. Look for the Themes option under appearance and click “Reset to Default.”

Install a Dark Mode Extension

A theme changes your browser’s interface, but most websites use white backgrounds. Sure, you can enable dark mode in Gmail and some other websites individually, but that only works for one website at a time.

To get a dark mode for the entire web, install the Dark Reader extension from the Chrome Web Store. Some other browser extensions work similarly, but we like Dark Reader most out of all the dark mode extensions we’ve tried.

This extension automatically applies a dark style to every web page you visit, and you can click the Dark Reader button on your toolbar to adjust it. You can also disable dark mode for a website from here. The extension even lets you set sites to never open in dark mode, which is useful if Dark Reader doesn’t work well with a website.

Unfortunately, Chrome’s Settings pages will always be white and blue. Extensions can’t tamper with these for security reasons. Chrome’s context menus are provided by the operating system, so you can’t turn those dark—at least not until Windows 10’s dark mode applies to application context menus, too.

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