Chrome for Android is finally getting the much anticipated Dark Mode. The feature is available on the app’s Android version 74.0.3729.112 which is being rolled out to all Android devices.
There is no straight way to enable dark mode on Chrome 74 for Android as yet. The feature essentially turns the white background into black making it easy for the user to browse the web during the night and even improve battery life. Turning the background black or dark grey not only provides better contrast but also reduces eyestrain.
Chrome 74 getting dark mode is a step towards Google’s rumoured system-wide dark mode for Android Q. Several apps like YouTube, Twitter, Messenger for Facebook have introduced dark mode on their Android version before the next major Android update.
To activate Dark Mode on Chrome for Android, users need to manually enter text in the address bar as follows:
- After updating the browser to its latest version, users need to paste ‘chrome://flags/#enable-android-night-mode’ in the address bar.
- Once entered, they would come across an option in the dropdown menu called ‘Android Chrome UI dark mode’.
- Tap on ‘Enabled’ and relaunch the browser.
- Go to Settings, tap on Dark Mode to enable or disable the feature.
Currently, the feature seems to be working only on Google Pixel devices. The update is being rolled out in phases and is expected to be available on other Android devices.
Other features included in the new app update include removing animations, easier translation of web pages, security updates and improvements.