Some users have reportedly realised that their search experience just got a bit darker. Google is testing an entirely black dark theme for users browsing the web on desktop computers.
Anyone who is familiar with Google’s dark mode probably realised a long time ago that the dark mode isn’t actually truly black. It was more of a dark grey colour. This resulted in the colours not popping enough in AMOLED and OLED screens.
Google has announced earlier this month in a tweet that the ‘true’ dark mode is going to become available to their user base. The new black colour (#000000) will allow for the colours to pop on any AMOLED and OLED screen. The difference can be seen almost instantly when browsing.
However, the release has been quite slow so far. Only a few people have so far received it, and some have even lost access to it after shortly receiving it. The rollout of the new theme doesn’t seem to depend on the device or the operating system used.
In case you have been using light mode all this time, and want to switch to dark mode, just follow the steps down below:
- Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
- Select Dark Mode
If the colour looks slightly muted on your device, you most probably haven’t received the update so far. For now, we will have to wait patiently for Google’s rollout to reach everyone.
Many use dark mode as it provides a lot of benefits to the user. It allows for more contrast, reduces eye strain and allows for more comfort when using the device at night or in the dark. It also saves a lot of battery if the device uses an OLED or AMOLED screen.