Chrome v74 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms, and while it doesn’t include a massive number of noticeable changes, there is still plenty to talk about. Like, the dark mode.

Dark mode

Slowly but surely, Google is adding a dark mode to all of its applications in preparation for Android Q. Chrome’s dark mode first made an appearance early last month, and has finally trickled down to the stable channel with Chrome v74.

How to activate dark mode on chrome for Android

  • To try out dark mode, head to chrome://flags#enable-android-night-mode (paste that link into the address bar, tapping/clicking it won’t work)
  • Tap the highlighted dropdown menu, set it to ‘Enabled,’ and then restart the browser.

You might need to close and open the browser again after that. Finally, enable dark mode from the app settings. The mode also activates automatically if your device is set to dark mode.

Sadly, Chrome’s dark mode doesn’t seem to enable the ‘prefers-color-scheme: dark’ CSS media query that Safari currently uses, so sites don’t switch to their dark themes.


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