How to enabe Chrome's dark mode for websites

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01 Mar 2019

Now, darken web pages using Chrome's dark mode: Here's how

This year, Google has a special focus on making its products darker.

From apps to Android Q, everything is being updated with a dark mode aimed at saving power and offering a pleasant user experience.

Now, as part of the same effort, the company is testing a dark theme for Chrome, one that would even recolor webpages.

Here's how you can use it.

Details

Chrome will darken web pages

Chrome will darken web pages

Though Chrome's dark mode has already been demoed in beta, it was reported that the user will also get the ability to darken web pages.

Now, this option has gone live in Chrome Canary, allowing users to change the entire theme of their browser.

Put simply, when you use Chrome's dark mode, the interface of both the browser and web pages will turn black.

Experience

These webpage elements would turn black

The dark mode, as Android Police reported, enables a high-contrast setting, changing some colors of any loaded web pages.

Basically, the feature renders all light backgrounds on the web page in black (text turns white), leaving menus in their original colors.

Even the address bar and other navigational options, like those for switching tabs, load in the regular material design colors.

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Steps

How to use this feature

How to use this feature

To use this feature right away, download Google's experimental Chrome Canary browser on your Android phone.

Following this, open the browser and head over to chrome://flags to enable a flag named 'enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode'.

Once that's done (and you've restarted the browser), a 'force_dark_mode_enabled' preference is activated in the browser's engine, turning the high-contrast setting on.

Launch

When Chrome's dark mode will be available

As of now, the feature can be accessed in the Canary version of Chrome for Android, which is experimental and may carry some bugs.

There's no word on when the feature would be seen in a stable release of Chrome, but considering Google's plan to enable system-wide dark mode for Android Q, we expect that to happen in a matter of few months.

Chrome is getting some interesting features

The latest feature adds one more capability into the list of features that Chrome is getting. To recall, the browser is already on track to receive a way to manage extension activity and an option to flag malicious 'lookalike' URLs.

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Will this option work on stable release?

When extension activity manager will come to into stable Chrome?

Is there any other browser with dark mode?

Will Android Q will force dark mode on apps?

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Will this option work on stable release?

Asked 2019-03-01 15:14:20 by Diya Sengupta

Answered by NewsBytes

No, even if you enable this flag on the stable release, the feature won't work.

When extension activity manager will come to into stable Chrome?

Asked 2019-03-01 15:14:20 by Ishan Singhal

Answered by NewsBytes

The timeline is not clear but we expect the feature to show in a matter of few months.

Is there any other browser with dark mode?

Asked 2019-03-01 15:14:20 by Vibhore Trivedi

Answered by NewsBytes

Samsung browser also offers a full-fledged dark mode; this feature comes with the name of Night Mode.

Will Android Q will force dark mode on apps?

Asked 2019-03-01 15:14:20 by Angel Subramanium

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, Android Q is expected to force a dark mode on some apps.

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