How to enable dark mode for any site you visit

Changing the color scheme of websites from light to dark is not a new feature. Firefox users could install an extension like Blackout in 2009 to change a site’s color scheme, and Chrome users can invert colors on sites with Hacker Vision.

The Chrome experiment “Android web contents dark mode” enables dark modes for any site you visit. Actually, what you get is an invert mode that seems to invert the color scheme of the site.

So, if you visit a light site it is turned into a dark one, but if you visit a dark site, it is changed into a darker one.

Google’s native implementation in Chrome for Android inverts colors everywhere. Means, the feature inverts not only text, menu and background colors but also the majority of images.

Some elements are not inverted. If you watch videos on YouTube or any other streaming site, you will notice that these play with their original colors and not inverted.

Setting it up

The feature is only available in Chrome for Android currently.

Load chrome://flags in the Chrome address bar.

Search for Android web contents dark mode (or just dark mode).

Toggle the status of the experiment to Enabled.
Restart the Chrome browser.

There is certainly a market for extensions that change the color scheme of sites. I’m not sure if the niche is big enough for Google to implement the functionality natively in its Android browser.

The feature needs a toggle to turn it off on specific sites, at the very least.

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