How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Google Chrome Mac

Google Chrome gives you the option of going into dark mode. While many choose this option because it helps with focus and reduces brightness, many others don’t prefer it.

However, sometimes Chrome enters dark mode automatically, and sometimes we turn it on unintentionally. If this happens to you, you’re at the right place.

I’m Andreas, and I love playing with Chrome’s settings on Mac. Dark Mode is a feature that has been acting faulty for some time. Essentially, the bug is that you enter dark mode, and the browser never reverts.

This means you have to do it manually. And here is how to do it.

Different Ways to Turn Off Dark Mode on Google Chrome Mac

Surprisingly, I’ve found several ways to turn off dark mode on Chrome on Mac. If you’ve encountered this bug, these methods will help you turn the dark mode off. Let’s talk about that.

Method 1: Disabling from Chrome Flags

The Chrome Flags are experimental features that Chrome hasn’t yet added to the browser. Nonetheless, we can enter the settings screen and disable dark mode for web content. This is one way to do it. Here is how.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome.

Step 2: Enter “chrome://flags” in the address bar and press enter.

Step 3: You’ll see a list of options. Look for the “Auto Dark Mode For Web Contents” feature. It might take a while to do that, so we suggest using Chrome’s search feature. If you don’t know how to do that, here is a guide on how to search for a word on a web page on Mac Chrome.

However, here’s a quick instruction. While in the browser, press “Command” + “F“. A search field will open somewhere on the top. Put “dark” in the search field, and Chrome will look for any text that has the word “dark.” 

Subsequently, you can also put “Auto Dark Mode For Web Contents” or any other word from the phrase and use the “up” and “down” buttons to find the particular feature.

Step 4: Once you locate the feature, press the drop-down button and change it to “Disabled.”

Step 5: Restart Chrome.

This should solve the bug and turn off dark mode. But as I said, there are other ways to do it.

Method 2: Turn Off Dark Mode on Mac

Your Mac has several theme options. One of those options is the dark theme. When you switch to a dark theme, the browser might also turn dark automatically.

So another way to solve the issue is to switch back to a light theme. By doing that, Chrome will also switch to light mode. Here is how to do that.

Step 1: Go to “System Preferences” by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Click on “General.”

Step 3: You’ll see a list of options. Next to “Appearance,” select the light mode.

By doing this, you will disable dark mode on your Mac and on Chrome. The next time you open Chrome, it will revert to the default theme. However, you can also select the “Auto” mode option, which will switch between dark and light mode depending on the time of the day.

Method 3: Turn Off Dark Mode from Chrome Themes

This method is different from the first method as you’ll be switching between modes directly from Chrome’s list of available themes on their web store. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Go to “Settings.”

Step 3: You’ll see a list of available options on the left side. Choose “Appearance.”

Step 4: Select “Theme.”

Step 5: You’ll be taken to a new window, and you’ll see a list of available theme colors. Select any light theme to turn off dark mode on Chrome Mac.

Method 4: Turning Off Dark Mode by Customizing Chrome

Another, much shorter way to turn off dark mode is to do the same as method 3, but much faster. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Launch Chrome.

Step 2: Click on “Customize Chrome” in the bottom-right corner.

Step 3: Click on “Color and Theme.”

Step 4: Choose a light theme or use the droplet to pick an exact color match to switch off from dark mode.

Method 5: If All Else Fails

If none of these methods work and you’re still in dark mode, or Google displays search results in dark mode, my advice is to reinstall Chrome. By doing this, you will be reverting to the default settings.

Fear not, as uninstalling and installing Chrome on your Mac doesn’t delete your browsing data. When you uninstall Chrome, the browser will ask whether or not to delete browsing data, passwords, extensions, etc.

If you don’t know how to do it, here is a guide on how to uninstall Google Chrome from Mac.

Conclusions

All four methods will help you turn off Chrome dark mode on Mac. Pick the one that works best for you, and you will solve the problem. In the unlikely case that nothing works, Method 5 will solve the problem.

I hope this guide has helped solve your problem. I’m eager to know more about your answer, so please put a comment below.

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