How to use Google Docs in dark mode

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By default, Google Docs uses the light theme, but the dark mode is ideal when using the device at night or in low light conditions. Dark mode is a way to reduce eye strain in addition to using a blue light filter or adjusting the screen brightness without draining the device's battery.

This guide explains how to use Google Docs in dark mode on desktop and mobile. Make sure you enable Dark Mode on Online Tech Tips by clicking the toggle on the top right!

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How to enable dark mode in Google Docs

Google Docs doesn't have a built-in way to activate and use the dark mode or night theme on the desktop. If you're using a Chrome browser, the dark mode feature is hidden behind a Chrome flag, which allows you to access various browser customizations and test potentially upcoming Chrome features.

Note: i Chrome flags may not be available for everyone and the flags may affect browser performance. 

Also, changing this flag will affect every website you visit, so keep that in mind. Every website will be forced into dark mode, regardless of whether the sites support it or not. 

Personally, it was a little too much for me as it made Gmail completely black and a lot of other sites that I tend to use. Below, I link to a couple of alternatives that you can only use for Google Docs itself. 

  1. Type chrome: // flags in the address bar of the Chrome browser and press Submit
  2. Type Strength Dark Mode in the search box.
  3. Select Qualified from the drop-down menu next to Force dark mode for web content.
  4. Save any work to your browser and then select Restart to apply the changes.
  5. When the Google Docs site reopens, it will be in dark mode and the font color will be white.

Alternatively, you can install a third-party browser extension to get dark mode in Google Docs. Dark Mode and Google Docs Dark Mode are among the best Chrome extensions for enabling Dark Mode on desktops as they are easy to use without complicated setups. If you are using the Firefox browser, you can try the Darkdocs browser add-on to darken Google Docs.

  1. Open the Chrome browser, go to the Chrome extension page in dark mode and select Add to Chrome .
  2. Select Add extension.
  3. Select the white toggle button at the top right of the screen to enable or disable dark mode.

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Enable dark mode in Google Docs on Android

The Google Docs app on your Android device allows you to switch between light and dark modes. You can enable system-wide dark mode between apps on your Android device, but if you only want dark mode on Google Docs, follow the steps below:

  1. apri Google Docs and touch Menu.
  2. Toccata Settings.
  3. Toccata Choose theme.
  4. Select Dark to use Google Docs in dark mode. 

Enable dark mode in Google Docs on iOS 

You can also use Google Docs in dark mode on your iPhone or iPad. Google has added dark mode for G Suite on iOS, which includes Google Sheets and Google Slides. 

All G Suite users, whether professional or personal, can now use dark mode on their iPhone or iPad devices with the latest version of Docs, Sheets and Slides. 

  1. Open the app Google documents on your iPhone.  
  2. Toccata Menu at the top left of the screen. 
  3. Toccata Settings.
  4. Toccata Subject.
  5. Select Dark.

The dark theme automatically adjusts your documents to fit the theme, thus improving the display of your work.

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Enable dark mode for easier readability 

Now that you're using Google Docs in dark mode, take a look at other tips on using Google Docs, like inserting a signature or switching to landscape orientation to format larger documents like posters or presentation slides.

If you like Google docs in dark mode, you can read our article on how to enable dark mode in Windows 10, dark mode on macOS, dark mode for YouTube, and dark mode for a bunch of Google apps on Android.

Further Reading:

  • How to get Instagram dark mode
  • How to use Google Photos in dark mode on iPhone and iPad
  • How to use dark mode on iPhone
  • How to enable dark mode on Firefox
  • How to Enable Dark Mode on Google Chrome Browser [No Root]

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