Google search dark mode: How to turn on the darkened screen feature that’s in beta testing

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Google search has a dark mode that’s currently in beta testing.

  • Google search’s dark mode gives you the option to darken the appearance of your searches on a desktop or mobile device.
  • It works through Google’s search feature, so you don’t have to use the Chrome browser to access it.
  • Dark mode searches are still in beta, so you may not have access yet.
  • If dark mode is available for you, you will be notified you have access to it on the Google homepage or search results page.
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Sometimes you just need to give your eyes a break, even if you can’t get away from your various screens.

To help with this problem, many devices and services have provided a dark mode, which turns your background black and inverts or otherwise changes the color of text so there’s less overall brightness, and you may now be able to access a dark mode specific to Google searches.

Google search’s dark mode, explained

The Google search dark mode, currently in beta testing, is a display setting that lets you apply the new look to the Google homepage and your search results when using the desktop or mobile version of the site.

Since the feature is still in beta, you may not have access to it quite yet. But when you do, you should see a pop-up notification to that effect on Google search pages.

How to enable Google search’s dark mode on desktop or mobile

If your device is able to use Google search’s dark mode, you’ll see a notification stating Dark Theme is now available above the search field on Google’s homepage; on a mobile browser, it may also appear as a Dark Theme is available notification beneath the search field on a search results page. Select Turn on to enable the feature.

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A Dark Theme notification seen on a Safari mobile browser.

Once enabled, your search results page will switch to a dark theme, as depicted here on an iPhone’s Safari browser.

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Google search’s dark mode, enabled.

If that notification has come and gone, you might be able to turn on the feature through your desktop or mobile browser’s Google search settings.

1. Go to Google.com.

2. Select Settings, located in the bottom-right area of the screen on desktop or bottom of your screen on mobile.

3. Select Search Settings.

4. Select Appearance and select the option for Dark theme.

5. Click or tap Save.

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How to enable Snapchat’s dark mode on your iPhone, if you have it

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Dark mode is a new feature for Snapchat’s iPhone users.

Many social-media apps have a “dark mode” these days, allowing users to change the color of their app’s interface to darker tones instead of bright ones, which can feel easier on the eyes and sometimes save battery life.

For a long time, Snapchat was one of the few major social media apps without a dark mode. But since last year, they’ve been rolling out dark mode to more and more iPhone users. Most iPhone users will be able to use Snapchat’s dark mode now – unfortunately, it’s still missing for Android users.

Here’s how to check if Snapchat’s dark mode is available on your iPhone, and how to enable it.

How to enable Snapchat dark mode on iPhone

1. Open the Snapchat app on your device and log in if you’re prompted to do so.

2. In the upper-left corner of your screen, tap on your profile picture.

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Tap your profile avatar in the top-right corner.

3. In the upper-right corner of your profile page, tap on the “Settings” icon that looks like a gear.

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Tap the gear icon.

4. In the “My Account” section of the Settings menu, scroll down until you see an option called “App Appearance.” If you can’t find “App Appearance” listed, it means you can’t use dark mode yet.

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Tap “App Appearance.”

5. In the “App Appearance” menu, tap “Always Dark” to enable Snapchat’s dark mode. You can also choose “Match System” to have the app sync with your iPhone’s settings, so if your iPhone changes between light and dark automatically throughout the day, Snapchat will too.

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Select “Always Dark” or “Match System” to have the app mirror to your system settings.

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How to enable Facebook dark mode on any device

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Dark mode reduces the amount of white light on your screen, which can be easier on the eyes.

  • You can enable Facebook dark mode on your iPhone, Android, or computer.
  • Facebook dark mode allows you to switch the app’s background to black instead of white.
  • Dark mode can save battery life and may even be easier on your eyes, especially at night.
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Dark mode is an optional setting that changes the background of an app’s interface, like Facebook, from white to black, and text from black to white.

Dark mode consumes less battery on your device because displaying darker pixels on an LED screen uses less power than displaying white ones. Some people also find that it’s less straining on the eyes, and many believe that the reduced blue light helps them sleep better, though it’s not scientifically proven.

Facebook dark mode

All Facebook users have access to the dark mode feature in any desktop web browser, like Google Chrome and Safari, for both PC and Mac computers.

When dark mode first rolled out on the Facebook mobile app, it was only available to some users during beta testing. But dark mode should now be available to all users of the Facebook mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Here’s how to enable dark mode on the Facebook website, or on the Facebook mobile app for iPhone or Android.

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How to turn on dark mode in Discord and give the app a sleek new look

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Discord’s dark mode is easy to activate.

  • You can turn on dark mode on Discord by going to the app’s “Appearance” menu.
  • Discord’s dark mode gives the app a completely new aesthetic, and can save battery life.
  • The Discord Android app also offers an experimental AMOLED mode, which makes dark mode even darker.
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If you’re a Discord user, you’re probably spending a decent amount of time looking at screens. And if that’s the case, the constant bright light of your computer or phone screen might start bothering you.

Luckily, Discord is one of many apps that offer a dark mode option. When you turn it on, instead of seeing dark text on a white background, you’ll see white text on a dark background.

While there isn’t any evidence that dark mode can relieve eye strain, running dark mode can look cooler aesthetically, and it can also help your device save battery, depending on what type of screen you have.

Switching to dark mode on Discord is easy, and so is switching back. You can activate dark mode in both the desktop and mobile versions of Discord.

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How to get dark mode on TikTok in the iPhone app, and give the viral app a new sleek look

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iPhone users have full access to TikTok’s dark mode.

Whether you’re looking something stylish, or just a new look for your favorite apps, dark mode options are there for you. 

If you’re on an iPhone (sorry, Android and desktop users), you can turn on dark mode in TikTok now too. This will make normally black text turn white, and change the lighter backgrounds to black. Don’t worry about the videos though – they’ll stay the same.

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