How to Turn On Dark Mode On Google Docs? (An Easy Guide)

Some people nowadays love to use dark mode on everything whether it is Youtube, Facebook, or Google. Dark mode may be a little bit better than the light mode but there is no such strong evidence. The white background can hurt your eyes and make you feel uncomfortable. You don’t have a lot of time to stare at a computer screen all day long.

Dark mode is a must-have feature! There is a reason why Apple made dark mode for all their apps, Google made it for Google Docs, and Microsoft made it for Excel. However, if you are a dark mode lover and want to turn on dark mode on google docs. In this article, I will give a step-by-step guide on how to use it on your laptop or mobile phone.

It may be easier to use dark mode on a mobile phone. The process for dark mode is similar for the google sheets and google slides. Here’s a step-by-step guide to enable dark mode on Google docs.

Read this full article, it will defiantly help your eye’s while reading e-books or writing something in Google doc on your mobile or laptop screen.

What is Dark Mode?

Dark Mode is a style of user interface that is applied to a program’s user interface to make it easier to view. Sometimes this is also referred to as a black mode. This ui style is becoming more and more popular as a way to reduce eye strain and the fatigue that comes from staring at a screen for long periods of time.  A unique feature of the Dark Mode is the ability to engage it with a single click of a button.

A lot of smartphones and mobile devices have a low light mode in their setting to view at night or in a dark place or just in a dark room. Android, Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Android, Windows and their mobile versions have a Dark theme.

Dark mode is a feature which enables you to change the app’s background to dark making your eyes less stressed at night. iPhone X has this feature built-in to the system, but other iOS devices have to install the third-party apps to enable this feature.

How Dark Mode Different Form Normal Mode?

It is an awesome feature for people who spend most of their time on their smartphones at night. They would always run into trouble when they try to read the screen. Now with this feature, they can easily change the screen colors to black-and-white.

In technology, a dark mode is a feature that darkens the appearance of elements on a computer screen beyond their normal, Light Mode In technology, a light mode is a feature that lightens the appearance of elements on a computer screen beyond their normal, standard appearance.

Many graphical user interfaces offer a dark and a light mode, allowing a user to choose a theme depending on the environment they are working in, such as a low-light environment, a brightly lit area, or in the case of Apple’s implementation, an OLED display. There are several reasons why people choose to use a dark or light theme.

Is Dark Mode Harm Your Eyes?

Apparently, the Dark Mode has been very popular in Apple devices and we can see it’s popularity in Google Pixel and iPhone X. The Dark Mode received positive reviews, and the whole idea behind the Dark Mode is to reduce the strain on eyes during the night.

It is hard to say that Dark Mode is dangerous, but research has shown that blue light rays, which are the light emitted by the digital screens, can inhibit the secretion of melatonin by the pineal gland. Melatonin is responsible for making people sleep. So, it is advisable to use the Dark Mode only before sleeping. You can’t look at the computer screen or your mobile device all day long. That’s why, it is recommended to use the Dark Mode only before sleeping.

In short, No, it does not harm your eyes as the color of the screen remains same as that of the background. To understand more, let us understand why dark mode is being used? Dark mode is being used to reduce the strain on the eyes. Some people have sensitive eyes and some do not. Still, for peace of mind, it is better to use dark mode.

Dark mode is a great way to reduce liability of a company or an individual. It is a good practice to put the phones in the Dark mode when you are going to sleep. There is a concept called Night Shift which can help you to reduce the strain on the eyes. In short, dark mode is a very useful feature available. We recommend you to use it.

Turning On Dark Mode On Google Docs On Google Chrome (Step By Step)

Google docs don’t provide a dark mode on the web. But you can use it by doing a simple hack. But there is a little problem here. If you don’t want everything on your web to turn dark then you should rethink. Enabling dark mode on google docs will eventually enable dark mode on every website you enter.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome

First, launch google chrome on your laptop if you don’t have it.

Step 2: Type chromo;//flags

Then type chromo://flags in the address bar.

Step 3: Type Force Dark Mode

A new page will open and there is a search bar, now type there force dark mode for web contents.

Step 4: Click On Default and Select Enable

When the results come you will see an option named default. Now click it and at first, you will see enable the option click this

Step 5: Relaunch

Now you will get a bar below the page and an option named relaunch. Click relaunch and your google chrome will reopen with a dark mode.

Turning On Dark Mode On Google Docs On Firefox (Step By Step)

Step 1: Open Firefox

If you prefer firefox then you can also have a dark mode in it. First of all open firefox

Step 2: Install The Extension

Navigate to this same extension and then click add to firefox. Now click add to the pop-up.

Step 3: Extension Setting

Click on the dark reader icon beside the application menu to see if everything is alright

Step 4: Check

Now open google docs on firefox and finally check if it has dark mode or not.

Turning on dark mode on google docs on mobile phone (step by step)

Method 1

Step1: Open Google Docs On Mobile

Now Open the file and click on the three vertical dots on the top right.

Step 2: Select Dark Mode

Select view in dark theme

Method 2

Step 1:Open Google Docs

First of all open google docs on your mobile phone

Step 2: Go To Settings

After opening the setting option you will get choose theme option and select dark mode.

Step 3: Check

Now check if your google docs have dark mode or not


If I get dark mode on google docs then will other websites get dark mode also?

The answer is yes. This is a disadvantage on the web. The dark mode is activated for all websites. But activating dark mode on your phone will not turn dark mode on other apps or anywhere on the phone

How can I remove dark mode on the laptop?

On firefox open the dark reader icon and switch off the dark mode. You can also go to the add ons website and click remove.
On chrome go to chorome://flags and type force dark mode and press enter.

Then set the option to default and relaunch then dark mode will be removed.

How to enable dark mode on google sheets and excels?

Well, I have said this before, if you enable dark mode once on the web everything will open in dark mode, same goes for google sheets and google excel.


This tutorial is for all new Google Docs users who want to learn how to turn on Dark Mode on Google Docs. It is a beginner’s guide on how to do that. I hope after reading this article now you will be able to enable dark mode on your google docs as it was a step-by-step guide to do so. And also if you want to get the light mode back, you can do so with the help of this article. Now, enjoy the dark mode.

Al Shariar Apon

Al Shariar Apon is a Digital Marketing Specialist with over 4 years of Marketing & Design experience based out of Khulna, Bangladesh. But I'm very passionate about photography from my childhood. So I have participated and won some photography contests.

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