Here’s what dark mode in Chrome OS will look like
Chrome OS users have requested a dark theme for some time now, and it looks like they’re finally going to get it. Flags for a dark theme are currently live in the Chrome OS Canary channel, and thanks to AndroidPolice, we have screenshots to show you.
The arrival of a dark theme in Chrome OS has been a long time coming, and we’ve been waiting to check it out ever since we learned about Google creating a light theme last month, which would actually serve as a template for the software’s contrasting dark mode. If your Chromebook is in the Chrome OS Canary channel, you can open chrome://flags right now and search for #enable-force-dark and #enable-webui-dark-mode. You can also enable chrome://flags/#dark-light-mode for the full experience.
Enabling these flags should surface a dark theme in Settings, Chrome OS system apps, and websites that monitor the status of the OS default them, though we were unable to replicate this on an HP Chromebook X2 running the latest Canary build. Nonetheless, here are a few screenshots from an AndroidPolice author’s Chromebook that showcase the new dark theme.
Turning on the dark theme in Chrome OS results in a dramatically different experience, one that should be much easier on the eyes in situations with little to no light. Of course, the software will still function the same, but users will finally have the option to use the sleeker, more stealthy mode.
Other major desktop operating systems from Microsoft and Apple have offered dark themes for some time, so Google is a little behind in implementing a dark mode of its own. Google has, however, been working to bring a dark theme to the other devices and OSes across its portfolio, including on Google Assistant Smart Displays and, of course, on Android.
Seeing a dark theme appear in the Chrome OS Canary channel bodes well for a wider release, although it’s unclear when that may be. AndroidPolice notes that there are a few rough edges with the current implementation such as a white title bar still showing in many apps, some icons not being adapted, and support for Android apps not being added, so these issues will need to be addressed before the feature is enabled by default. If you’re not up for testing out the dark theme for yourself in Chrome OS, check out the gallery above for an idea of what it will look like.