Google Chat is gradually replacing Hangouts to be the communication platform for business and personal use. It is available for mobiles and desktops. Like other Google apps, Chat lets you use a dark theme to reduce eye strain and save your device’s battery. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can enable dark mode in Google Chat on desktop, web, Android, and iOS.
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Turn on dark mode in Google Chat
The Google Chat mobile app has been in dark mode for some time now. Additionally, Google now enables dark mode for both Google Chat on the web and the Progressive web app, citing that it creates a better low-light viewing experience by reducing brightness and potentially eye strain. To activate it, follow the steps below.
On Google Chat Web
- Open the Google Web Chat in your browser.
- Click the gear icon at the top right to open Settings.
- Scroll down the chat settings page.
- To select Dark mode in Theme settings.
On the desktop (progressive web app)
Google Chat also offers a progressive web app that can be installed in Chrome or Chromium browsers. Below is how to activate the dark theme on it.
- Open the Google Chat app on your PC.
- Click on Settings in the upper right corner.
- Under Theme settings, select Dark mode.
On the Android Google Chat app
- Open the Google Chat app on your Android phone.
- Click on the hamburger menu at the top left.
- To select Settings and click on Theme.
- By default, this will be “Set by battery saver”.
- Change it to Dark.
If you are using Google Chat in Gmail, you will need to change the theme in the Gmail app settings.
On the iOS Google Chat app
Google Chat follows the theme of the system on iPhone and iPad. You can just turn dark mode on or off in your phone settings to get dark theme in Google Chat. However, the change applies to all apps, not just Google Chat.
To enable dark mode in iOS, go to Settings > Display and brightness and select Dark. You can also turn dark mode on or off from Control Center. Once done, all apps including Google Chat will switch to the dark theme.
This was a quick guide to turning on dark mode in Google Chat, whether on mobile or desktop. Hope you can easily use the dark theme in the Chat app. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and how-tos.
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