Even if you can’t get away from your numerous devices, sometimes you just need to give your eyes a break.
Many gadgets and services feature a dark mode that turns your background black and inverts or otherwise changes the color of text to reduce overall brightness, and you may now be able to access a dark mode unique to Google searches to aid with this problem.
Google Search Dark Mode Explained
The Google search dark mode is a display setting that lets you apply the new look to the Google homepage and search results when using the desktop or mobile version of the site. It is currently in beta testing.
Note: Unlike the dark mode in the Chrome browser and app, which corresponds to your device’s dark mode settings, Google search’s beta dark mode is accessible directly from the Google search bar, so you could use it on Safari, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.
Because the function is still in beta, you might not be able to use it right now. When you do, though, you should get a pop-up notification on Google search pages to that effect.
How to enable Google search’s dark mode on desktop or mobile
If your device supports Google’s dark mode, a notification stating Dark Theme is now available will display above the search box on Google’s homepage; on a mobile browser, a Dark Theme is available notification will appear beneath the search field on a search results page. To enable the feature, select Turn on.
A Dark Theme notification seen on a Safari mobile browser.
Your search results page will transform to a dark theme after you enable it, as shown here on an iPhone’s Safari browser.
Google search’s dark mode, enabled
If the notification has expired, you may be able to reactivate the feature through the Google search settings on your desktop or mobile browser.
1. Go to Google.com and type in your search term.
2. Select Settings from the bottom-right corner of your desktop screen or the bottom of your mobile screen.
3. Go to Search Options.
4. Go to Appearance and select the Dark theme option.
5. Save the file with a click or a tap.