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 make Google your default search engine on any major web browser

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It’s easy to set Google as your default search engine on any browser.

  • You can make Google your default search engine on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.
  • With Google as your default search engine, every query you put in the address bar goes to Google.
  • Most browsers, except Microsoft Edge, start with Google as the default search engine.
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Even though Google is the most popular search engine, some web browsers still don’t automatically set it as the default. If you want to make sure all your web searches are done through Google, you can adjust your search settings no matter what browser you use.

Here’s how to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

How to make Google the default search engine in Chrome

On a computer:

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. At the top-right of the window next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots and choose Settings in the drop-down.

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Select “Settings” in the drop-down under the three-dot icon.

3. Scroll down to the Search engine section and click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar.

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Click the drop-down next to “Search engine used in the address bar.”

4. Choose Google in the drop-down. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Select Google in the drop-down list.

On the Google Chrome mobile app:

1. Start the Chrome app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal dots at the bottom-right of the screen. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Choose Settings in the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Firefox

On a computer:

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal lines at the top-right of the screen and then click Settings in the drop-down.

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Select “Settings” in the drop-down list.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Search tab.

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Go to the “Search” tab.

4. In the Default Search Engine section, click the drop-down and choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google in the drop-down list.

On the Firefox mobile app:

1. Start the Firefox app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the bottom-right corner. Select Settings in the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. In the General section, tap Search.

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Under “General,” tap “Search.”

4. Under Default Search Engine, select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Tap Google to set it as your default search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Safari

On a Mac:

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. Click in the search bar and then, in the left corner, click the magnifying glass.

3. In the drop-down, choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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After clicking the magnifying glass, select Google in the drop-down.

On an iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

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Tap “Safari” in the list of apps in Settings.

3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred web browser.

How to make Google the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

On a computer:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal dots in the top-right corner of the window and then choose Settings at the bottom of the pop-up.

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Choose “Settings” in the drop-down menu.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab.

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Go to the “Privacy, search, and services” tab.

4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.

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Click “Address bar and search.”

5. Click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar, and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred browser.

On the Edge mobile app for iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Apple device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

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Tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. On the Settings page, tap Advanced Settings.

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Go to “Advanced settings.”

4. Tap Search Engine and then tap Others… and select Google from the list.

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Tap Google and a blue check mark will appear.

5. Once you’ve selected Google, hit Done in the upper-right corner. Your default search engine should now be changed.

On the Edge mobile app for Android:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Android device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and select Search.

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Under “Advanced,” tap “Search.”

4. Tap Default search engine, and choose Google on the next page. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Select Google as your preferred search engine.

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How to make Google your homepage in any web browser for easy access

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Making Google your homepage only takes a few clicks.

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself Googling every question that comes to your mind: What’s the best recipe for lasagna? What does it mean if I wake up with a headache? Why does my dog keep staring into space and barking?

Google provides immediate answers to your weirdest queries, so it’s handy to have the search engine set as your homepage. Regardless of the web browser you’re using, making Google your homepage is a quick and simple process that will mean every time you launch your browser, you’ll immediately open Google.com.

Here’s how to do it in Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox.

How to make Google your homepage in Google Chrome

A version of Google Chrome will be set as your homepage by default when you install Google Chrome, but you’ll still need to take a few steps to get the full website.

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. In the drop-down menu, click “Settings.”

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Open Google Chrome’s settings menu.

3. On the Settings page, scroll down to the “Appearance” section and look for the “Show home button” section. Ensure that this option is turned on.

4. Once the “Show home button” option is enabled, you’ll see a blank box below which says “Enter custom web address.” In the box, enter the Google homepage URL, “https://www.google.com.”

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Enable the Home button and change your homepage.

Close the Settings tab and voila! Google is now your homepage. Just click the home button in the top-left (it looks like a house) to get there.

How to make Google your homepage in Safari

1. In Safari, open the Preferences menu. If you’re on a PC, you’ll have to click the gear icon in the top-right corner of your browser, then click “Preferences;” on a Mac, click “Safari” in the menu bar in the top-left, then click “Preferences.”

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Safari will look and operate differently on Macs and PCs.

2. Under the “General” tab, look for the section marked “Homepage” with a URL listed next to it.

3. Remove the URL currently in the Homepage bar and replace it with “https://www.google.com.” Additionally, you can use the drop-down menus above this to change which page loads when you open a new tab or window.

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Make sure to enter the full URL.

4. Close the Preferences menu, which will launch an additional message asking you to confirm that you want to change your homepage. Click “Change homepage” to confirm, and you’re all set.

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You might be asked if you’d really like to change your homepage.

How to make Google your homepage in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Microsoft Edge and click the three horizontal dots icon in the top-right corner of the Edge screen.

2. Click the “Settings” option at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Like other browsers, you’ll need to open the settings menu.

3. After opening the Settings menu, click “Appearance” in the left sidebar.

4. Under “Customize toolbar,” enable “Show home button” by clicking the switch next to it.

5. Under this you’ll see two options: “New tab page” or a blank text field. Double-click the text field and type “https://www.google.com” into it, then click “Save.”

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You’ll need to both enable the Home button and enter the URL.

Now, when you click the house icon in the top toolbar, you’ll be brought to Google.

How to make Google your homepage in Firefox

1. Open Firefox and click the three stacked lines in the top-right corner of the screen, then select “Preferences.”

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Click the drop-down menu’s “Preferences” option.

2. In the left sidebar, click “Home.” This will open a page where you can set a new homepage.

3. Click on the box next to “Homepage and new windows” to reveal a dropdown menu. Scroll down and click on “Custom URLs.”

4. In the box that appears beneath “Custom URLs,” enter “https://www.google.com.”

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Open the “Home” section to find these options.

You can then close out this tab and proceed as normal – Google is now your Firefox homepage.

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