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How to enable dark mode in Google Docs (app and browser)

Google Docs is an excellent free word processor that can be used on Android, iOS or any other device with a web browser. Besides being free, it is very useful for taking notes, inserting images and even creating tables for your data.

As with most Google products, you’d expect Google Docs to have a dark mode feature, right? Well, at least the Android and iOS apps have dark modes, the web version of Google Docs lacks dark mode, but you can still turn it on. Here’s a guide on how to enable dark mode in Google Docs across browsers and apps.

Enable dark mode for Google Docs on Android and iOS

Although there is no dark mode for the web version of Google Docs, you can follow a way to enable dark mode for Google Docs on the web. We’ll also show you how to enable dark mode for the Google Docs app on your mobile device. Let’s start the guide for Android and iOS apps.

Dark mode in the Google Docs app

The Google Docs app for Android and iOS has a built-in option to choose between light and dark mode. You can follow these steps to enable dark mode for Android and iOS apps.

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google Docs app. If not, check for updates and install them on your device.
  2. Once you’re logged into the app, tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
  3. With the sidebar open, tap on the Settings option.
  4. You will see an option that says Theme.
    How to enable dark mode in Google Docs
  5. You can now choose between Light, Dark or System Standard.
  6. When you enable dark mode, your Google Docs page will have everything in dark mode, including pages. The text you type will be white in color.
    How to enable dark mode in Google Docs

The dark mode settings on Google Docs are the same for the Android and iOS versions of the app.

Enable dark mode for Google Docs in the browser

Google Docs sheet mode on Chromium-based web browsers

Do you use Google Docs on web browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave and a host of other web browsers based on the open source Chromium project? Well, you can use a web browser extension that lets you get dark mode for Google Docs. The reason you need to use a web extension is simply that the browser’s dark mode theme does not apply to Google Docs.

  1. Launch your favorite Chromium-based web browser.
  2. Now go to the Chrome Webshop by clicking this link.
  3. Click on the search field in the upper left corner of the browser.
  4. Type Google Docs Dark Mode and press the search key on your keyboard.
  5. Look for the dark mode web extension for Google G (you can also try dark mode in Google Docs). You can also click the link to visit the extension pages directly on the online store.
  6. Click the blue Add to Chrome button. The extension will now be downloaded and installed on your web browser.
    How to enable dark mode in Google Docs
  7. Just open Google Docs. You will now see that dark mode has been applied to various elements in Google Docs.

Google Docs Dark Mode on Mozilla Firefox Browser

Some might think that Firefox’s dark mode settings should help enable Google Docs by default, right? Well, the answer is no. Not even Firefox is able to change light mode in Google Docs to dark mode. But like Chromium-based web browsers, you can install a web extension that helps you get dark mode on Google Docs.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and click on the hamburger menu in the upper right corner.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Add-ons and Themes.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Find more add-ons.
  4. At the top right of the add-on page, click the search bar.
  5. Type Google Docs Dark Mode and press the Enter key. Or you can click this link to visit the dark mode page.
  6. All you have to do is click the Add to Firefox button.
  7. Open Google Docs and you should now see everything in dark mode except for the page you’re typing on.

Here’s how to enable dark mode for Google Docs on your Android, iOS, and web versions of the word processor. While the apps have a Dark Mode option, the web versions are still missing. We hope to see a switch to dark mode for the web version of Google Docs, reducing the need to add an extension to your browser just for Google Docs. Do you have questions or wishes? Do not hesitate to leave them on our social networks.

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