Dark mode has been a popular feature request among Chrome OS users for a long time. Although the OS uses a “light” theme by default, it has some random splashes of dark elements, including the launcher and the shelf. Last month, I explained in detail how bringing consistency to the current “light” theme would improve usability, but at the time, there was no information about when a true, system-wide dark mode would ship. Sure, the launcher search bar got a bit darker recently, but what people want is to turn off the lights and minimize eye strain when using their computers over extended periods. The developers at Google realized that, so they decided to do something about it.
As spotted recently in the Chrome OS Canary channel, Google is bringing back the system-wide dark theme to your Chromebook. If you’re eager to try it out, you can copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark and chrome://flags/#enable-webui-dark-mode into the URL bar and enable both flags from the drop-down menu. To make Chrome OS darker, I also recommend enabling chrome://flags/#dark-light-mode. Here’s a quick look at the end result.