Chrome OS may finally get a dark mode, but so far it has only been spotted on its experimental Canarian channel, Android Central reported.
Before you start tinkering with Canary, here are just a few things to keep in mind: Canary is Google's "OS Edge" path for Chrome OS, which receives daily feature updates before they have been fully tested. Access is only possible via Chromebooks that have been switched to a special developer mode (not to be confused with the Chrome OS Developer channel). Google warns that Canary can be "unstable".
In order to enable dark mode on your Chromebook, the Canary Channel must currently be installed. Once you've done that, Android Central says you just open Chrome and type chrome: // flags / # enable-force-dark and chrome: // flags / # enable-webui-dark-mode in the url bar. I should note that I tried this on my older Chromebook and couldn't get it to work. But here is the view that Android Police took:
A look at the experimental Chrome OS dark mode
According to Android Central, Dark Mode has some flaws, but notes that it can be applied to the entire UI, not just darker backgrounds.
In the past few months, Google has introduced dark mode versions for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Fit and its mobile app. Both iOS and Android started supporting system-level dark mode in the past year.
We reached out to Google to see if there are any plans to roll out dark mode in Chrome OS to all users and will update it if we hear anything.