Thursday, 17 January, 2019

How to force Google Chrome’s Dark Mode on Windows 10 right now!

How to enable and test the new Google Chrome dark mode on Windows 10 How to Force Enable Google Chrome’s WIP Dark Mode on Windows Machines
Sherri Watson | 04 January, 2019, 02:34

The new development comes weeks after Google was spotted preparing a dark theme specifically for the Chrome browser for macOS Mojave.

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. But Windows Auto-Night Mode for Windows 10 is a free and open source software for Windows 10 computers using which can toggle between light and dark mode based on the time during a day. Chrome should respect this.

Next, you need to edit the Chrome Canary shortcut parameters to force it to launch with the dark mode enabled.

The main issue with implementing the dark mode so far has been Chrome's 'Incognito mode.' Incognito traditionally has a dark appearance, so the Chrome team needs to find a way to differentiate browsing in dark mode from browsing in incognito. "Windows 10 allows users to set their apps to "light" or "dark" mode", he said.

The dark theme is still unfinished, hence this menu with nearly illegible black text on a dark grey background. Windows 10 comes with no exception. Hopefully, we'll get a dark mode for Chrome on mobile soon as well.

In the meantime, you can browse in Incognito or use a theme add-on on the desktop to give yourself a pseudo-dark theme.

There's no timescale as yet, and moreover, even when there is a proper dark mode ready for testing, it'll have to progress through the Canary and Beta channels before it lands as a stable option, meaning that, unless you feel confident in rooting around in the flags menu, it's likely to be Summer before it's a viable option.

Add -force-dark-mode to the end of the Target field and apply ok.

It's also worth noting that the theme is unfinished. Other aspects of the dark theme may change with time as well. Apps like Messages, Phone, and Contacts all have built-in native dark modes aimed at night viewing.