Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Chrome to get native dark mode for Windows 10

Google Chrome to get native dark mode for Windows 10

Windows 10 has had dark mode since 2016, so it's certainly odd that macOS got Chrome's dark mode first despite its later release date on Apple's computer operating system than on Windows. Currently, the feature is in testing, and only available via Google Chrome Canary distributions.

As reported by TechDows, Google engineer Peter Kasting filed a bug report back in May outlining the need for a dark mode in respect of the Windows 10 light or dark theme choice, sparking a discussion on how best to achieve it. Copying the current incognito mode theme was proposed as a quick fix, with something more unique eventually planned by the Chrome team.

The way the feature was designed was that Chrome would honor the OS light/dark theme by automatically switching between a light and dark theme when the user changed the OS UI theme.

Kasting's latest comment on Reddit confirms the Chrome team is bringing a dark mode for desktops.

According to this tutorial, macOS users could use the "-enable-feature=DarkMode" flag to sync Chrome with the macOS light/dark UI, or they could force Chrome into a permanent dark mode via the "-force-dark-mode" flag. From stories around a missing laptop that is to blame for the delay to Google's policies of not allowing Windows machines inside the headquarters and restricting employees to Linux and macOS devices, we have heard a number of potential excuses about this delay in the release of the dark mode.

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Chrome's official dark mode skin is expected to roll out later this year.

Next, just launch Google Chrome Canary using this shortcut and you should be able to see the dark theme enabled by default.

At this early stage, there is no settings panel option to change Chrome from a light to a dark skin. Then, in the "Target" field, add '-force-dark-mode' without the quotations.

It's also worth noting that the theme is unfinished.

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