Google's Chrome Canary gets dark mode on Windows 10

Google has added early dark theme support to Chrome with its Canary developer builds on Windows 10. Just as Mozilla has done with its Firefox browser, Chrome's dark mode support will respect your theme settings within Windows 10, automatically switching as you change from dark to light and vice versa (via XDA Developers).

Because it's only available in Canary's nightly developer builds at the moment, it's clear that this feature is still very much in its early phases. The theme essentially copies the darker theme of Chrome's existing "incognito mode," albeit with some small snags. Dropdown menus, for example, show black text on the dark grey background, which makes them incredibly difficult to read.

Still, base support is already there. If you open Chrome Canary and your Windows 10 "Colors" settings, you can watch the window switch between dark and light themes as you toggle them in your system settings.

There's no available timeline on when to expect dark mode to make its way to Chrome's release builds, but this is a good start. If you're okay with running an in-development Chrome build and dealing with any associated bugs that may arise, you can download Chrome Canary from Google.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Took long enough
  • With a dark new tab page, I'd say that's a step up from Edge.
  • it took only 3.5 years
  • What if I want a dark browser theme but not a dark OS theme?
  • You already have it
  • Always takes Apple to do something before the whole industry starts doing it too, doesn't it...
    Microsoft had a dark on WP forever and no one paid it much attention. MS didn't pay much attention to their own dark mode on Windows 10 for years. Apple implemented it in one release with all first party apps supporting it. Now everyone's doing it.
  • I already have dark theme on Chrome. There are quite a few dark theme extensions available right now. Not sure what all the fuss us about....
  • Exactly. Not to mention many of the Dark Theme extensions look a hell of a lot better than this.
  • This took so long for them to become dark
  • Dark Reader extension works best for me. Absolutely essential and one of my favorite browser add-ons of all time.