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Google Chrome for Windows 10 will get a native dark mode

Google Chrome for Windows 10 will get a native dark mode

The reasoning behind Chrome's dark mode skin is that users can enable it to counter eye fatigue and reduce battery consumption, being known that dark themes save battery life on devices with AMOLED displays. 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.

If you want to turn on or off the Dark themes on your Windows 10 computer, you can use the Settings app to do so.

Senior Chrome Engineer and a member of the Chromium team at Google Peter Kasting in a Reddit thread revealed the ongoing development around native dark mode support for desktops.

Reported by a reader to the team at 9to5Google, the browser reports itself as Chrome 70 on Android which seems to go - at least in part - against the information released by Google saying it's a derivation of the Cast platform. It all started with the Windows Phone operating system where the user could select the light or dark theme along with an accent color to customize the look for their phone.

"Chrome should respect this", wrote Kasting.

Google Chrome is slated to support a built-in "dark mode" skin.

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Chrome has already added dark mode to macOS Mojave a few months back, and today's news sheds some new light for fans of dark mode. If you can't wait for the official rollout, you can still manage to test the implementation using Chrome Canary.

Once you launch Canary using the newly edited shortcut, it should be all, well, dark. Once that's done, running the browser will automatically disable the new dark mode in Chrome. To do this, right-click the shortcut Properties. Then, in the "Target" field, add '-force-dark-mode' without the quotations.

The macOS work has top priority (P1).

The dark theme is still unfinished, hence this menu with nearly illegible black text on a dark grey background.

At this early stage, there is no settings panel option to change Chrome from a light to a dark skin. You can see that some of the menu text isn't the right colour yet, for example.


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