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Google Search’s dark mode looks great, but just like everything else in the world, it’s not for everyone. If you’d prefer performing your searches on a light theme, here’s how to turn off dark mode on Google Search on desktop and mobile.

Later, if you change your mind, you can quickly re-enable the mode.

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Turn Dark Mode Off on Google Search on Desktop

To disable Google Search’s dark mode on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, launch your web browser and access the Google site.

In the bottom-right corner of the Google site, click “Settings.”

Click "Settings" at the bottom of Google.

In the menu that opens after clicking “Settings,” select “Search Settings.”

Click "Search Settings" in the "Settings" menu.

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You will arrive on the “Search Settings” page. Here, in the left sidebar, click “Appearance.”

Choose "Appearance" from the left sidebar.

In the “Appearance” section on the right, enable the “Light Theme” option. This disables dark mode and enables light mode.

To save your settings, at the bottom of the “Appearance” section, click “Save.”

Activate "Light Theme" and click "Save."

You will see a “Your Preferences Have Been Saved” prompt. Click “OK.”

Select "OK" in the prompt.

And that’s it. You are now back to the Google homepage with light theme enabled. Enjoy!

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Turn Off Dark Mode on Google Search on Mobile

To deactivate dark mode on Google Search on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, launch your web browser and open the Google site.

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In Google’s top-left corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

Tap the hamburger menu on the Google site.

From the menu that opens, select “Settings.”

Tap "Settings" in the menu.

On the “Search Settings” page, in the “Appearance” section, enable the “Light Theme” option.

Select "Light Theme."

To save your changes, scroll the “Search Settings” page to the bottom. There, tap “Save.”

Tap "Save" at the bottom.

In the “Your Preferences Have Been Saved” prompt, tap “OK.”

Tap "OK" in the prompt.

And your favorite search engine is now back to light mode. Happy surfing!


Want to get rid of dark mode on your Windows 11 PC? There’s a way to do that, too.

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