For the first time, Google is introducing an official dark mode for desktop search, allowing users who want to avoid bright webpages to finish their searches while immersed in a dark grey hue (via 9to5Google). It is possible to make the adjustment by heading to Settings > Search Settings > Appearance, as explained on Google’s help page. Choose from light, dark, or device default, which will automatically adjust to the brightness of your computer’s display. When it comes to the Appearance setting, you may have to wait a while because Google claims the feature will be “rolling out over the next several weeks,” as it does with many of its upgrades.
It’s no secret that Google has been experimenting with dark mode search for quite some time – we reported on it back in February that it was in beta. If you’d want to know what’s been going on behind the scenes, we’ve had a few staff members who have been randomly assigned dark mode and then lost it as the trial progressed. After all this time, though, it has finally been official.
Another fast toggle sun symbol has appeared for certain users, and a few individuals have the choice to turn on the change on Google’s mobile web version, according to the search engine’s reports. Google’s statement makes no mention of either modification.
Google Search Dark Theme Feature
To be sure, you’ve always had the option to search in the dark – you could use browser plugins to make Google appear darker, or you could use themes on other search engines like DuckDuckGo to search in the dark. There has been a dark mode available in many of Google’s Android and iOS applications, including the main Google search app, for a long time.
However, the fact that it is now publicly available as a setting on Google will make it much easier for people who just couldn’t be bothered to install an extension or switch search providers. Apart from that, it should help to relieve the frustration of signing into a new gadget and attempting to search for anything only to be bombarded with the brightness of a thousand suns. All praise the gloom, notwithstanding the fact that it may be overstated. (and the small quality-of-life improvements).