Google search for the web officially joins the dark mode revolution

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Google’s flagship product is the latest website for users to embrace the darkness of their hearts. Or just reduce eye strain, depending on how you want to look at it.

Google Search, the main thing Google was known for before it became a complete tech albatross, will see all users switch to a dark theme in the coming weeks, according to a post on Google’s support website. The classic white search webpage that was our gateway to the rest of the internet for a few decades can now be dark gray if you want. This is office only for now.

This can be done by going to the settings menu (lower right corner on the Google home page, upper right corner on any search results page), clicking on “Search settings”, then clicking on “Appearance” in the left sidebar from there. I would demonstrate this with a screenshot, but Google is gradually rolling out the feature and I don’t have it yet. Sounds unfair, but hey.

Dark Mode has infiltrated almost every major website or app for a few years now. We actually proclaimed 2019 the “year of dark mode” because a group of leading companies like Apple embraced the idea around that time. Google is no stranger to Dark Mode itself, having recently added it to Google Maps for iOS and testing the desktop search version as early as December 2020.

While there are possible benefits to looking at less bright, white screens all day, it’s also important to recognize our peers who don’t vibrate with dark mode. Fortunately, this is purely optional.

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