Turn dark mode on or off for all major Google apps

There’s a reason countless apps have released a dark mode option in recent years — not only is it very trendy, but it also helps conserve battery power.

Many Google apps now offer this option and you probably want to enable it and go as dark as possible on your favorite smartphone/tablet. Here’s how to enable or disable dark mode on some of the major Google apps.

How To Enable Dark Mode – Android Settings

If you’re using a device with Android 10 or later, you can quickly put all apps in dark mode with a few simple steps. We’ll go over how to set them all up individually below, but for now we’ll show you how to do it all at once in your device’s settings.

Here’s how:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings gear.
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  2. Then tap Display.
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  3. Now tap dark mode.
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While this won’t change all your apps (like Facebook, Instagram, etc.), it will turn all your Google apps into dark mode.

If for some reason this method wasn’t effective for you, or if you don’t want all your apps in dark mode, read on.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode – iOS Settings

Similar to the Android instructions above, iOS users can quickly put most of their Google apps into dark mode by updating the system settings. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap Display and brightness.
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  2. Tap the dark mode selection.
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Now your Google app, Home app and others will be automatically updated to dark mode. But based on our testing in October 2021, the Google Maps app didn’t automatically switch to dark mode. If you have the same experience, below we show you how to change Maps in dark mode.

How to enable or disable dark mode for Google Play Store

Let’s be honest; we can even talk about Google Maps, Google Translate or Google Search, but Google Play Store remains the most important app on your device. How is that possible? Well, you use it to download all the other apps you need.

Whether you download new apps every now and then or are a daily Google Play visitor, you’ll definitely want to play around with dark mode for your favorite Android device.

  1. Start by opening the Google Play Store app, then tap the profile icon in the upper right corner.
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  2. Search in the menu Settings and tap it.
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  3. Tap on General.
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  4. Find the Theme option, tap on it and you can choose between Light and Dark.
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  5. There is a third option that sets the theme according to your device’s general dark mode settings. Select your preferred option.
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How to enable or disable dark mode to save notes

Google Keep Notes is one of the most advanced note-taking services on the market. It’s been around for a while, but lately it’s been peaking in popularity. To change your Keep Notes to dark mode, do the following:

  1. Open Keep Notes and tap the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
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  2. Tap on Settings.
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  3. Tap on Theme.
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  4. Tap on Dark. You can also select the option to follow the system default.
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How to enable or disable dark mode for Google Drive

Google Drive is an excellent resource for storing files, documents, and more. To enable dark mode for Google Drive, do the following:

  1. Open Google Drive and tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
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  2. Tap on Settings.
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  3. Tap on Choose theme.
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  4. Select Dark or choose the system’s default option.
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Now Google Drive appears in dark mode.

How to enable or disable dark mode for Google Assistant

If you’re still not using the Google Assistant, you’re missing out – it can answer a lot of questions and do a lot of things at your command. Whatever you need, Google Assistant is here for you.

Unfortunately, you can’t tell the Google Assistant to turn dark mode on or off. If you want to choose between the dark and regular modes, you have to do it manually.

Remark: As mentioned above, the Google Assistant should monitor your system’s dark mode, but you may not want your entire Google suite to be in dark mode. Unfortunately, the Google Assistant app doesn’t always have its own theme settings. If the options below don’t appear for you, follow the instructions to change your Google app settings to dark mode, and the Google Assistant app will follow.

  1. Carried out Google Assistant app from your device.
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  2. Navigate to the bottom right corner of the screen. you see a More choice; tap it.
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  3. In the next screen, select Settings and then click General. It contains many useful settings, including the Theme choice.
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  4. Now tap Theme and select if you want the theme light, Darkor go along the System error.
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How to enable or disable dark mode for Google Maps

Google Maps has become the world’s most popular navigation app. Whenever anyone needs map related information, this is their first choice. Recently, Google Maps introduced a dark mode feature.

To enable dark mode on Google Maps, do the following:

  1. Start by clicking your . to tap profile icon in the upper right corner.
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  2. Then tap Settings.
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  3. Tap on dark mode below the Using Maps section.
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  4. Then tap on. You can also tap the option to track your system settings if you prefer.
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If you’ve chosen to use the Maps option to track your system settings, you can easily toggle dark mode on and off for all your Google apps in the device’s settings.

How to enable dark mode for Google Chrome

Google Chrome is another app that can easily go from light mode to dark mode. This is how you make the switch:

  1. Open the Chrome app and tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
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  2. Tap on Settings.
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  3. Tap on Theme.
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  4. Tap on Dark.
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Now the Google Chrome app will appear in dark mode.

How to enable dark mode for Google Search

Finally, the most used Google app on the list – Google Search. You would think that this app would be the first to get a trendy feature like dark mode. However, you would be wrong as they only introduced it a few months ago.

  1. Start by running the Google Search app on your device, then navigate to the More knob.
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  2. Then click Settings.
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  3. In the Settings screen, go to Themes.
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  4. A screen allows you to choose between the Dark, lightand System error settings. It’s pretty clear what to do here.
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No dark mode option available

Some Google apps have yet to introduce the Dark Mode option. Whatever the reason, they are lagging behind. However, the apps mentioned above do have the dark mode option. Follow the steps and you can quickly enable or disable it.

If dark mode isn’t in any of the apps we showed you, your app may not be up to date. As a rule of thumb, your device will update the apps automatically. However, sometimes the automatic updates can lag, so you will have to run them manually.

To do this, go to your app store and search for the app in question. Update it manually from there if possible. This should ensure that the Google app is up to date and that it has a dark mode.

Additional FAQs

Here’s some more information that answers other questions you may have about Google Themes.

1. How do I enable dark mode for all apps?

Whatever device you are using, there is an option to enable general dark mode. The general dark mode feature will try to detect all apps on the device that support dark mode and enable it automatically. However, keep in mind that it may not detect dark mode with every app that offers the option.

  1. You will find this option in the devices Settings menu; navigate to Display and brightness.
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  2. Now switch the dark mode switch to on.
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  1. On iOS devices, go to Display and brightness and select the desired option. You can choose between light, Darkand automatically.

2. Is dark mode better for the eyes?

Dark mode not only provides longer battery life for your device and lower power consumption, but it is also known to reduce eyestrain in low-light conditions.

However, dark mode is no excuse for staring at your phone screen for hours a day. Any overuse of the screen can still cause damage to eyesight in the long run – always keep this in mind.

3. Why should you use dark mode?

First of all, the dark mode ensures less eyestrain. Then there’s the battery life factor. Simply put, white and clear backgrounds have a higher light emission (as you probably noticed). This obviously means more battery consumption.

Dark mode is also better in terms of productivity. In addition, it looks nice and sleek and cool.

4. Does Google Chrome have a dark mode?

On Android devices, dark mode in Google Chrome is still an experimental feature, activated from the browser’s address bar by entering chrome://flags. iOS devices should see one more option for dark mode in Google Chrome.


There you have it! This is how you enable dark mode on the most important Google apps. While the dark mode option hasn’t been introduced in every single Google app, rest assured we’re getting there slowly. Keep in mind that rolling out this option may seem a lot more challenging than it seems.

Did you manage to enable dark mode in any of these apps? Did you have to manually update them to do it? Click on the comments below and join the discussion. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about this subject.

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