Google Search Dark Mode: How to Enable the Night Mode Feature

Google Search is one of the mostly widely used daily tools in our lives, but the white background can be quite jarring in a dark room. The solution, is of course Google Search Dark Mode, and here’s how you can do it on the desktop. Including Dark and Light Mode, users now have three options in appearance settings of the search engine from Google, with the third the option to keep the appearance settings of Google Search synced with their computer’s default theme, which will be most helpful if users have set an automatic time for turning the Dark Mode on and off. The Dark Mode helps reduce eye strain by keeping a minimum contrast ratio required for readability.

The appearance settings for Google Search was announced through a post on Google’s Support in September 2021. The new appearance settings have three options — Device default, Dark, or Light. The post also mentioned that the new Dark Mode settings started rolling out for users on September 9 and will be gradually available to all users in the coming weeks.

How to activate Dark Mode in Google Search

The announcement mentions that the new appearance settings will apply for the Google homepage, Search results page, Search settings, among other linked webpages. The Device default setting automatically matches the colour scheme of the device. The Dark setting shows a light text over a dark background and vice-versa for the Light settings. Gadgets 360 was also able to change the appearance settings on Google Search. Here are the steps you need to follow to enable Dark Mode on Google Search.

  1. Open Google Search by typing google.com in your Web browser.

  2. At the bottom right corner on the Google Search homepage, click on Settings.

  3. Then click on Appearance; in case it’s not visible under Settings, click on Search Settings and then on Appearance from the left panel of the page that opens.

  4. Choose between – Device default, Dark, or Light.

  5. At the bottom, click Save.

Google first started testing the Dark Mode feature for Google Search on desktop back in December 2020. Google Search on Mobile has had Dark Mode since May 2020.


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Satvik Khare is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. His proficiency lies in educating how technology makes life easier for everyone. Gadgets have always been a passion with him and he’s frequently found finding his way around new technologies. In his free time he loves tinkering with his car, participating in motorsports, and if the weather is bad, he can be found doing laps on Forza Horizon on his Xbox or reading a nice piece of fiction. He can be reached through his Twitter …More

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