Check out Chrome’s Darken Websites functionality

Many applications are currently slow and often they will have a dark mode feature added. While some apps like WhatsApp have a love-hate relationship with it, like Instagram quickly introduced the same without much fuss. However, with Chrome, things were different. Google introduced a similar feature a long time ago, but it never fully incorporated dark mode. While Chrome’s user interface respects it, the same cannot be said for websites. However, with the recent update to the stable version of Chrome for Android, things have changed and for the better. Now you can easily darken web pages on Chrome with just one switch.

There is one more thing to keep in mind. The method to bring up the dark mode has also been changed. That should also be considered. This is because unless you can enable dark mode, you can’t really test Chrome’s dark web feature. With that said, these are essential instructions for both. Furthermore, Chrome is also testing a new duet menu on Android.

How to test Chrome’s Dark Web functionality

Steps to enable dark mode and test Chrome’s dark sites feature, you’ll have to deal with . For the uninitiated, these flags let you test experimental features on any version of Chrome. But it’s experimental in nature, there can be some stability issues when you enable any of these flags. Although the chances are rare, if it happens, just reset these flags to their default state.

Furthermore, both of these flags will only work if you are running the latest Chrome v80. Said version is now available on the Play Store. So, if you haven’t updated your browser yet, do so now and follow the instructions below to try out Chrome’s darkening feature.

Steps to follow

  1. Open Chrome browser on your Android device.
  2. Knock on chrome://flags in the browser’s Omni box (ie the address bar).
  3. Next, enter dark in the flags search bar. You should now get two flags with this keyword:
    • Force dark mode for web content
    • Darken website checkbox in theme settings
  4. Although the names of these flags speak for themselves, for those who are still guessing, here is what these flags do. The first will automatically render and apply dark mode to all Chrome UI and web content. The second thing is what this guide is all about. This will bring up a converted Darken website in Chrome.
  5. So click on the keyword Default, choose Activated from the list. Chrome will notify you to restart the browser. Tap option Relaunch pop up in the bottom menu. Do the same for both flags.

Once both flags have been enabled and you have also restarted the browser, here is what needs to be done.

Try Darken Website Feature

While you can now see the dark web page UI that has been adopted on the Chrome browser, the same cannot be said about web pages. But wonder no. Now that you have the required Chrome flags enabled, you can manually test the dark web functionality, here’s what needs to be done.

  1. Tap the overflow icon located at the top right and go to Setting.
  2. Scroll to section Basic and click Topic.
  3. You should now see a checkbox Darken Websites right below System Default. The same will show up under the Dark option (tap on it and you’ll see that feature).

So that’s all from this guide on how to enable and test Chrome’s dark web functionality. Please share your views on top in the comments section below.


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