As services and apps around the world migrate to dark modes, both on smartphones and on desktop computers, it makes sense that Google itself is aligning its update roadmap with this new trend.
In addition to updating its mobile apps, including Gmail and others, with dark modes on Android and iPhone, the search giant is also working to bring a similar visual facelift to its Google Search page. After all, Google Search remains the company’s number one product, so tweaking the experience is essential by adding a dark mode to get ahead..
Adding a dark mode to Google’s search engine is especially good, as this visual style aligns the page with your mobile and desktop experience. Android, iOS, macOS and Windows all have dark modes right now, so with a similar update on Google Search, the experience is more consistent from start to finish.
Google has already started working in the dark mode for its search engine, and it is now available for testing on Android.
For the moment, it is offered as part of Google Chrome in an experimental form, but as you’ll find out in a few minutes, you can also try it out by simply changing the URL of the search results page.
First of all, there is a good reason why dark mode is first found on Android and Google Chrome. The browser can detect if the dark mode is activated throughout the system on Android and therefore adjust its settings accordingly. And based on these settings, Google can then request dark mode on Google Search in the browser, ensuring the consistent experience mentioned earlier.
So how can you activate it all right now? There are two ways.
Try it on Android
First, you can use the flag experimental in Google Chrome for Android. Update the Canary version of Chrome for Android to the latest version, and then go to the flags by typing in the address bar:
chrome://flags. Using the search field on this screen, search for the flag “
Show darkened search pages on AndroidNext in Google Chrome.
By default, this flag is disabled, which makes sense given that it is still in the experimental stage. So it would take a while before it gets activated for everyone, but for now, all you need to do to try it is activate it from this screen. Once restarted, Google should use a dark mode each time you load the page in Chrome.
The second method is actually much simpler and doesn’t even require a Canary version of Chrome. And it all comes down to modifying the URL of the search results page by adding the following code at the end of the link:
&cs=1. So technically, if you search for Chrome on Google, the standard search results page should look like this. Just press the “Enter” key and Google should load in dark mode.
Keep in mind that this is a work in progress, and that further improvements are expected in the coming months.