Can you sense the darkness creeping across the internet? That’s the new dark mode rolling out to the main Google Search website right this moment. That’s right, Google Search now has its own dedicated dark mode.
If this sounds familiar to you, you might be thinking of the dark mode setting in the Google search mobile app, or Google Chrome’s dedicated browser-level dark mode, which already gave the search page a smokey make-over for mobile and desktop users. However, this new Dark Mode setting applies specifically to the Google Search website and can be enabled in any browser. Turning it on gives the main landing page, your search results, and all menus that charcoal black hue Google often uses for darker UI colour schemes.
Google Search’s new dark mode is still rolling out, so some users may not have it yet — though it should eventually be available to everyone. Here’s how to check for the setting and turn it on:
- Open Google Search in your browser of choice, then perform a search.
- Click the Settings icon in the upper-right of the search results page.
- Select “Search Settings.”
- Go to the “Appearance” tab, then select your preferred theme option from the list. “Dark theme” will force Google Search to display with the Dark theme even if your OS or your browser does not. The “Light theme” option does the same thing, just for the default white UI. You can also select “Device default” if you have dark mode enabled in your Windows or Mac settings and you want your browser to match your current system-level UI.
- Click “Save” to confirm your selection. The search page will refresh with the dark theme.
Note that if you delete your browser data and/or unlink your Google account, your Google Search settings will reset to default. The Google Search page will also show up with the default light mode UI when using Chrome’s Guest Mode.
Google Search isn’t the only Google service with a dedicated dark mode. As we mentioned above, a handful of other Google apps have dark mode options available, such as Chrome, Google Docs, and Sheets, plus there are several third-party browser extensions that fill in the gaps.