How to Disable/Enable Google Search Dark Theme

Google Search’s Dark Theme looks great, but it’s not for everyone. If you would prefer performing your searches on a light theme, here’s how to turn off/on Dark Theme on Google Search on desktop and mobile.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 15, 2022

Google Search’s Dark Theme looks great, but it’s not for everyone. If you would prefer performing your searches on a light theme, here’s how to turn off/on Dark Theme on Google Search on desktop and mobile.

This is for devices using Google Search. Screenshots are from Windows 10 and iPhone XR

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Turn Off on Desktop

To disable Google Search’s Dark theme on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, first, launch your web browser and access the Google site.

Next, in the bottom-right-hand corner of the Google site, click Settings. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, in the menu that opens, select Search Settings. See the below image:

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Selecting Search settings option

Next, on the Search Settings page, in the left sidebar, click Appearance. See the following image:

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Selecting Appearance option

Now, in the Appearance section on the right, enable the Light theme option. This disables the Dark theme and enables the Light theme. Simply do the opposite to re-enable the Dark theme.

Next, to save your settings, at the bottom of the Appearance section, click Save. Refer to the below image:

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Save your change

Now, you will see a Your preferences have been saved prompt. Click OK. See the below image:

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Confirm your change

Next, your Google Search will be displayed in the Light theme. See the following image:

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Your Light theme

Turn Off on Mobile

To deactivate Dark theme on Google Search on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, first, launch your web browser and open the Google site.

Next, in Google’s top left-hand corner, tap the Hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines). Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the menu

Next, from the menu that opens, select Settings. See the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, on the Search Settings page, in the Appearance section, enable the Light theme option. See the following image:

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Selecting Light theme

Now, to save your changes, scroll the Search Settings page to the bottom. and tap Save. Refer to the below image:

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Save your change

Next, in the Your preferences have been saved prompt, tap Close. See the below image:

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Close the dialog

And your favorite search engine is now back to Light theme. Simply do the opposite to re-enable the Dark theme.

Now, your Google Search will be displayed in the Light theme. See the following image:

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Your Light theme

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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