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How to Turn off Dark Mode on Chrome – Windows 10 & Mac

If you use Chrome browser frequently and are waiting for Chrome to initiate dark mode, then your wait is over. Chrome browser has recently received dark mode. Generally, people prefer dark mode over light mode as it saves your device’s battery and protects your eyes. Moreover, it also makes the device’s screen more comfortable for your eyes to watch/see.

One of the good things about this feature is that it also supports Windows 10’s application mode. If you enable the dark mode in Windows 10, it will automatically turn on dark mode in Google Chrome and vice versa. You can also implement dark mode on Google Chrome without applying it on Windows by following simple instructions.

 Although the dark mode is a modern feature now, many people prefer the light mode only. This article will guide you if you want to learn how to turn off dark mode on Chrome.

Note: The dark mode feature is available only in Chrome version 74 and its later versions only.

How to Turn off Dark Mode on Chrome

This article will guide you on how to turn off dark mode on Chrome browser—below are some simple methods you can use to turn off Chrome’s dark mode. You can choose any way to turn off the dark mode for your Chrome browser and Mac. Read and implement the instructions carefully for better results.

Find out Chrome is in Dark Mode or Incognito mode

Users can get confused between dark and incognito modes as Google has fabricated dark mode/ theme above the Incognito theme. In Incognito Mode, the incognito icon is displayed with Incognito text, whereas in dark mode, the icon does not have any label or text.

Difference between Incognito mode and Google Chrome dark mode

If the user opens up more than one Incognito Windows, then Google Chrome displays Incognito Windows Counter. This is the best visual indicator of the difference between Chrome dark mode and Incognito mode.

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How to Force Dark Mode for Chrome only on Windows 10

Here are some steps you can follow to turn on Chrome’s dark mode only by changing Chrome’s shortcut parameters. Follow the steps carefully.

Step 1: Close all the running tabs on Google Chrome.

Step 2: You need to locate your Chrome shortcut on the desktop. After finding the Chrome browser, click on the Google Chrome icon, click on the ‘Open file location’ option from the pop-up menu.

open file location

OR

You can also search for Google Chrome using the search box in the taskbar. After finding the browser, right-click on the Google Chrome icon, click on ‘Open file location’ from the pop-up menu.

Step 3: Visit the shortcut tab from Google Chrome’s shortcut properties Windows.

For the Chrome shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the Chrome shortcut icon, then click on the Properties option, and then visit the Shortcut tab.

google chrome properties

OR

For pinned Google Chrome shortcut in the taskbar, right-click the Chrome icon, then right-click the icon again from the pop-up and click on ‘Properties.’

Step 4: After opening the shortcut tab, click on ‘target field’ and put space at the end of the existing parameter(s), and then you need to add –force-dark-mode. To separate two or more parameters, you need to put space between them.

For default Chrome installation, the code is: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe”

To turn on dark mode, the code is: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe”–force-dark-mode

force dark mode

Step 5: Click on the OK button and relaunch your Google Chrome browser.

Now, you will be able to see dark mode in Chrome.

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Disable or Enable Chrome Dark Mode Only

Now that you know how to enable dark mode, it is time to learn how to disable dark mode on chrome. If the user is uncomfortable with dark mode on Chrome itself, you can follow the steps given below to disable Chrome’s dark mode.

Step 1: Locate the Google Chrome shortcut.

Step 2: After locating the Chrome browser, right-click on the Google Chrome icon, click on the ‘Open file location’ option from the pop-up menu.

Step 3: For the Chrome shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the Chrome shortcut icon, then click on the Properties option, and then visit the Shortcut tab.

Step 4: After opening the shortcut tab, click on ‘target field’ and in the code, copy-paste -disable-features=DarkMode.

disable dark mode

Step 5: Then click on the OK button to save changes made by you.

Step 6: Relaunch your Google Chrome browser.

In case you want to enable dark mode, you need to follow the same steps mentioned above. The only thing you need to change is to remove -disable-features=DarkMode from the Target box.

Disable or Enable Windows and Chrome Dark Theme  

If the user is uncomfortable with dark mode on all the interfaces, either on Google Chrome or Windows system, the user needs to directly turn off Windows 10 color.

Here are some instructions on how to disable dark mode on Chrome.

Step 1: Go to Start.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings option.

Step 3: Click on the Personalization option.

Windows 10 personalization settings

Step 4: Under the Color option, you need to scroll down to find ‘Choose your color.’

dark mode windows 10

Step 5: From here, select your default application mode.

 Step 6: Set the default application mode on the light.

light mode windows 10

When you set your default application ode as light, you will see that all your interfaces will return to light mode. To enable Windows 10 dark mode along with Google Chrome dark theme, set the default application mode as dark.

Note: Check whether your system supports the application dark mode or not. Also, check whether your Chrome browser has a dark theme. The Google Chrome dark theme/ mode will not be available until Windows 10 dark mode is used. Therefore, you may check if your system supports the application dark mode or whether Google Chrome installed has a dark mode.

Use Chrome Dark Mode Extension

In case your Google Chrome does not support dark mode, then you can try using a third-party extension to implement dark mode on Google Chrome. You can try giving a shot to these extensions and install them in your system to apply dark mode. One such extension is Dark Reader. It helps you in enabling and disabling dark mode on Chrome.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can disable dark mode on Chrome using Dark Reader.

Step 1: Go to the Chrome browser.

Step 2: Select the dark reader extension.

Step 3: Turn off the dark mode and choose the Normal option/ light mode option.

How to Turn off Dark Mode on Mac

Like Windows, to disable dark mode in macOS, you need to disable the entire operating system’s dark mode. But you can also make use of a workaround to turn off dark mode for Chrome only. It involves running command via Terminal.

Follow the steps given below carefully.

Step 1: Close all running tabs on Google Chrome.

Step 2: Open Terminal via Spotlight Search.

Step 3: Copy and paste the command given below in the Terminal,

defaults write com.google.Chrome NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool yes

Step 4: Press Enter.

Step 5: Relaunch the Google Chrome. You will see that dark mode has been replaced by light mode.

Note: In case the user wants to make changes later, he/ she can enter the following command in the terminal,

defaults delete com.google.Chrome NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance

OR

defaults write com.google.Chrome NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool no

If you find it difficult to turn off dark mode in macOS using a terminal, you can also try turning off the entire system’s dark mode directly. To do that, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Open the Apple menu.

Step 2: Click on the System Preferences option.

Step 3: Click on the General option.

Step 4: Then just click on Light next to Appearance.

You can choose either to turn off dark mode using a terminal or by directly turning it off. It solely depends on your preferences. 

Conclusion

Many people use the dark theme to experience the thrill of Darkness. Dark themes are one of the most popular trends. Many brands and applications like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Apple have already updated themselves with dark themes. Now dark mode is also available on the Chrome browser.

Although this mode is prevalent but still, some users prefer light mode. Thus, other than knowing how to enable dark mode, you must also learn how to disable dark mode.

I hope the above article helps you learn how to turn off dark mode on Chrome and Windows. If you face any problem while following the steps, you can comment in the comment box. To know more about the latest tech information, keep reading with us.

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