How to Enable or Disable Google Chat Dark Mode

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Use dark mode in Google Chat instead of harming your eyes when chatting late at night.

Dark Mode has become a vital part of the technological experience these days. It has got some real aesthetic values, but more important than that, it has great practical usage. Dark Mode reduces the strain on your eyes that white light from the screens can cause at late hours when the light is low. It also prevents disturbances to your sleep cycle that staring at a white screen after sunset can cause.

Almost all the mainstream Operating Systems have added the feature to their devices. But the presence of this feature in the OS alone cannot provide an optimum experience to the users.

The implementation of Dark Mode needs to be done at the individual app/ website level. Without that, there are only so many apps or sites you can enjoy it. Google is rapidly adding more and more of its services that offer Dark Mode so their users can benefit. Google Chat is the latest addition to that roster.

Enabling Dark Mode in Google Chat on Web (Desktop)

If you use Google Chat mainly for work-related purposes, chances are you might be using it majorly on your computer. So let’s get started.

To enable Dark Mode in the Google Chat web app (on Desktop), go to chat.google.com using your preferred browser on your Windows or macOS device. Then, if you are not logged in to your Google account, you will need to sign in to it using your credentials. Once signed in, you will see the ‘Loading Chat’ screen.

Once the Chat has been loaded, click on the ‘gear’ icon present on the top right section of the window to access ‘Chat settings’. This will open an overlay window on your screen.

Now, scroll down and locate the ‘Theme settings’ section on the overlay window. Then, click on the radio button preceding the ‘Dark Mode’ option. The dark mode will be enabled immediately for you. Next, click on the ‘Done’ button to close the ‘Chat settings’ overlay window.


Using Google Chat in Dark Mode on Mobile Devices

The easiest way to use Dark Mode in Google Chat is to use the app on your mobile device. Both iOS and Android apps for Google Chat support Dark Mode.

There isn’t a separate option in the app to enable/ disable dark mode in the Google Chat iPhone app, though. When your iPhone is in the dark mode, the Google Chat app won’t be one of those apps that are still in light mode. As soon as your phone enters dark mode, the Google Chat app will too.

Enabling Dark Mode in Google Chat on iPhone or iPad

So, to turn on Dark Mode for Google Chat on iPhone, all you have to do is enable dark mode on your device. To enable Dark Mode on iPhone, swipe down from the left corner of the screen (iPhone X and later models) or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (for previous models). The Control Center will appear on your screen.

Tap the ‘Dark Mode’ icon to enable the mode.

Likewise, bring down the Quick Settings menu and tap the option for ‘Dark Mode’. Google Chat will also enter the dark theme. To disable it, turn off dark mode for the system.

Enabling Dark Mode in Google Chat on Android devices

You can also set Google Chat on a different theme than your system theme on your Android device. Moreover, it just takes a couple of taps from your side to do that.

First, launch the Google Chat app from the home screen or the app library of your android device.

Next, click on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) present on the top left section of the app.

Then, tap on the ‘Settings’ option from the list.

Now, locate the ‘General’ section on the ‘Settings’ screen and tap on the ‘Theme’ option. This will open an overlay window on your screen.

Now, tap on the radio button preceding the ‘Dark’ option to enable the dark mode. Dark mode will be enabled immediately on the app.


How to Disable Dark Mode in Google Chat

In case you have the dark mode enabled in Google Chat and are now stuck with it because you don’t know how to turn it off, here’s a quick guide to help you.

Disabling Dark Mode on Google Chat Web (Desktop)

First, go to chat.google.com using your preferred browser on your Windows or macOS device. Then, sign in using your account credentials if you are not logged in to your Google account on the browser. Once signed in, you will see the ‘Loading Chat’ screen.

After that, click on the ‘gear’ icon present on the top-right section of your screen to access the ‘Chat settings’ menu. This will open an overlay window on your screen.

Now, scroll down to locate the ‘Theme settings’ section on the overlay screen. Then, click on the radio button preceding the ‘Light Mode’ option. The light mode will be enabled for you immediately. Next, click on the ‘Done’ button to close the ‘Chat settings’ overlay window.

Disabling Dark Mode in Google Chat Mobile app (Android)

On your Android device, head to the Google Chat app from the home screen or from the app library of your screen.

Next, tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) present on the top left section of your screen.

After that, tap on the ‘Settings’ option present on the overlay menu.

Then, tap on the ‘Theme’ option located in the ‘General’ section on the ‘Settings’ screen. This will open an overlay window on your screen.

Now, tap on the radio button preceding the ‘Light’ option to enable the light mode. The changes will take effect immediately.


There might be a debate about whether or not Dark Mode is better than the Light Mode for all-time usage, but there’s no doubt that when used after-hours, it certainly has its benefits. And now, you can easily use it while chatting in Google Chat, no matter the platform.