How to Enable Dark Mode Theme on Your Chromebook Laptop

Enabling dark mode on your Chromebook laptop can provide several benefits, including reducing eye strain, improving visibility in low light conditions, and enhancing battery life. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to turn on dark mode on a Chromebook.

Benefits of Using Dark Mode on a Chromebook

Here are some of the key advantages of using dark mode on your Chromebook:

Reduces Eye Strain

Staring at a bright screen for extended periods can cause eye strain and fatigue. Dark mode displays darker backgrounds and interfaces, putting less strain on your eyes. This makes it ideal for working at night or in dim environments.

Enhances Visibility

The high contrast between the dark background and light text makes everything easily readable in low light conditions. Dark mode improves visibility, allowing you to work more comfortably at night.

May Improve Battery Life

Dark mode enables pixels to use less power on devices with OLED displays. So using it may help extend your Chromebook’s battery life, though the difference is usually marginal.

How to Enable Dark Mode on a Chromebook

Turning on dark mode on a Chromebook is simple. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

1. Access Quick Settings

Click the time icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen to open Quick Settings.

Quick settings icon

2. Toggle Dark Theme

In Quick Settings, click the “Dark theme” icon to toggle it on. The icon will turn blue when dark mode is enabled.

Dark theme toggle

3. Customize Options

To customize, right-click your desktop and select “Set Wallpaper & style” to open more options.

Here you can schedule dark mode, choose a dark-optimized wallpaper, or have it automatically switch based on sunrise and sunset.

Wallpaper and style settings

Troubleshooting Tips

If you don’t see the dark theme option, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Update your Chromebook to the latest OS version
  • Enable the “Force Dark Mode” flag at chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark
  • Switch to the Beta channel to test unreleased features

If dark mode makes certain elements hard to read, you can revert specific sites or apps to light mode in Chrome’s settings while keeping system dark mode enabled.


Enabling dark mode on your Chromebook is simple and provides some useful benefits. The quick settings menu offers a handy way to toggle it on or off at any time. Additionally, you can customize options to have it automatically switch based on sunrise and sunset times. With just a few clicks, you can enable dark mode and enjoy easier reading in dim light while potentially reducing eye strain.

As an expert Chromebook user for over 5 years, I highly recommend trying out the dark mode theme if you often use your device at night or in low light conditions. It can make working on a Chromebook much more comfortable without having to strain your eyes. Let me know if you have any other questions!