Chrome is developing a new dark mode that makes the browser even darker. Here's how it works and how to activate it
Already last year, Google released a much-anticipated feature on Chrome: dark mode. For many users, however, it was a disappointment because it's not a true dark mode: it's a "half-dark" mode, being drawn in dark gray, in fact, it's only Chrome's interface and not even the content of the sites visited.
So, for example, when we search for something on Google within Chrome with dark mode enabled, in reality the results page is still white. That is, it maintains the same white background as the light mode. Now, however, things are about to change: on 9to5google.com, in fact, an image of Chrome in 100% dark mode has appeared. In the image you can actually see a Google search page, and it's black. Not white, not gray: just black, as users want it. But, unfortunately, once again this has a big limitation.
Chrome in Dark Mode: what changes
9to5google.com, in essence, has found a new "flag" in the code of the next version of Chrome. Flags are options to be activated manually, by entering the command "chrome://flags" in the address bar and then going to enable or disable each option one by one. The new flag discovered by 9to5Google.com is "#enable-android-dark-srp" and already from the command you understand what we're talking about: only on Android, only for "srp". The letters "srp" stand for "Serp", an acronym for Search Engine Results Page, that is the Google results page when you do a search. What does it all mean? That Chrome's "Super Dark Mode", as someone already called it, will be available only for the Chrome Android app and only the background of the Google Serp will be drawn in black. Everything else will be black.
How to activate Dark Mode (current) on Chrome
Those who are satisfied with the current "half-dark" theme of Google Chrome on Android can activate it right now. Just tap on the usual "hamburger" menu with the three dots in the top right corner and then go to Settings > Themes. Here you'll be able to choose between Light, Dark and Default. The latter is an automatic choice, which doesn't depend on the user: the dark theme is activated when the phone goes into power saving. Finally, it's funny to note that the dark theme currently available in Chrome is almost indistinguishable from Incognito mode: the two interfaces are practically identical and are distinguished mainly by the specific icon to the left of the URL.