Many people prefer to use dark mode on some apps and software instead of the standard theme, but so far Google hasn’t offered a native dark theme for Chrome. The company has already been offering dark mode for its most important Android apps and YouTube for some time, and now it’s finally planning to add a native dark theme for Chrome on Windows 10.
Programmers and others who spend a lot of time looking at screens are the main users of dark themes on the apps which offer them because they put less strain on their eyes. By adding the native dark theme for Chrome on Windows 10, Google will make it much easier to browse the internet.
Chrome developer Peter Kasting has confirmed the news. In fact, he originally hinted at plans to add a dark theme for Chrome on Windows 10 in May 2018. At that time, he submitted a bug report which referenced dark mode on the browser.
“Windows 10 allows users to set their apps to ‘light’ or ‘dark’ mode. Chrome should respect this. The most obvious hack is to use the default incognito color scheme in normal mode (as well as incognito) if the system is in dark mode. Long term, we should perhaps have a better answer. This has been a popular external request for some time,” Kasting wrote in the May bug report.
Now months later, he has confirmed the existence of the new mode in a Reddit thread, as spotted by Techdows. Redditors were discussing how light themes can hurt the eyes of people who suffer from autism, ADHD, dyslexia, fibromyalgia and other conditions. The discussion pointed out how a native dark theme for Chrome on Windows 10 would help users enjoy their browsing time more.
Kasting joined in the discussion on Reddit, confirming that a “native dark mode is in progress.” However, he doesn’t know if only the desktop version of Chrome is being enhanced or whether the mobile version will also add native dark mode support. Google employs different teams to develop the desktop and mobile versions of its apps. Nevertheless, his response confirms that a dark theme will come to Chrome, which means a big relief for users’ eyes.
Windows 10 users are not the only ones to receive this much-anticipated update; Google has already announced plans to add a dark theme to Chrome on macOS Mojave, according to another Reddit thread and a bug report on Chromium. The release date for the Chrome dark mode on Windows 10 is still unknown, but for macOS, it should arrive in early 2019, according to Mac Rumors.
It’s still unclear if the new feature will appear in Chrome 72, which is expected to be released in in mid-January, or if it will be held until Chrome 73, which is expected to be rolled out in March.