Chrome OS may finally be getting one of the most requested features from users – a dark mode. Android police first saw a change in the Chrome OS Canary channel in October 2020 that indicated that Google is working on a system-wide dark theme for Chromebooks. In March 2021 Android police reported that dark mode is available in the beta version of Chrome OS 89. It’s not clear when the company plans to roll out the feature to a stable version of Chrome OS, but if you’re using a beta version of the OS, you can watch it now.
How to enable Chrome OS dark mode
To enable the new feature, you will need to switch your version of Chrome OS to the beta channel, if you haven’t already. Here’s how to do that:
- Log into your Google account on your Chromebook or Chrome OS device.
- Select the time at the bottom right of the screen.
- Then select Settings.
- Then you will have to select About Chrome OS.
- Click or tap on it additional details option.
- Then select Change channels, which is next to the Channel option.
- Then tap the beta option and select Change channel again.
- You should see a prompt indicating that your device is downloading an update. When it is complete, you will be prompted to reboot the device.
Congratulations, your Chrome OS device is now running the latest beta version. Now you need to enable the new Chrome OS Dark mode.
- Go to the developer settings.
- You should see a switch for “dark theme”. Click or tap on it to enable it.
After that, you can play to your heart’s content with the new system theme. Keep in mind that the feature is still under development. You will likely run into bugs. Also keep in mind that not every app supports the new mode.
Still, the fact that Google is working on such a feature for Chrome OS is welcome news. Both Windows 10 and macOS have had system-wide dark modes for a while. Not to mention that it has been part of Google’s mobile operating system since the release of Android 10 last year.
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