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.
Once enabled, your search results page will switch to a dark theme, as depicted here on an iPhone’s Safari browser.
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.
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.
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.
3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed.
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.
3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click 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.
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.
3. In the General section, tap Search.
4. Under Default Search Engine, select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.
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.
On an iPhone or iPad:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.
3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.
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.
3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab.
4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”