Some people find the dark mode in Google Chrome disorienting, because it can be hard to tell apart it from the Incognito mode. How to turn it off and go back to the classic Chrome appearance?
How to turn off dark mode in Chrome
Let’s see how to disable this feature on different platforms and devices.
On Windows 10/11
Change your default app mode in your system’s settings:
- Choose your color (Win 10) or Choose your mode (Win 11)
- Select “Light” or “Custom” (if you select “Custom”, then choose light default app mode)
Another way to make Chrome’s appearance lighter is to change its color and theme:
- Launch Chrome, and open its homepage.
- Click the “Customize” button in the bottom right corner.
- In the “Color and theme” tab, select any light color.
- Click the “Done” button.
- Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Select “System Preferences.”
- Tap on the “General” icon.
- Select light appearance.
- Click on the time in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Turn off the “Dark Theme” option.
To switch to the light mode in Google Chrome:
- Launch the browser on your device.
- In the upper right corner, tap the three dots.
- Choose “Settings.”
- Tap on “Theme.”
- Select “Light.”
On iPhone and iPad
- Go to your device’s “Settings.”
- Select “Display & Brightness.”
- Choose the light appearance.
If nothing helps
Another possible solution is to turn off the dark mode in the search engine settings:
- Launch Chrome and go to google.com
- Click on “Settings” in the lower right corner
- Turn the dark theme off.
In rare cases the dark theme in your Chrome may be forced by an experimental flag. In order to disable it:
- Launch Chrome and go to chrome://flags
- Use the search bar to find “Auto Dark Mode for Web Contents”
- Set it to “Disabled” and relaunch the browser.