According toÂ Googleâs support page, you can make the change by going to Settings > Search Settings > Appearance. There, youâll be able to choose light, dark, or device default, which will automatically follow your computerâs mode. If you donât see the Appearance option, you may have to wait a bit: Google says the setting will be ârolling out over the next few weeks,â as many of its updates do.
Google has been toying with dark mode search for a while now â we noted that it was in testingÂ in February. To take you behind the scenes a bit, since then, weâve had a few staff members randomly get and lose dark mode as the test continued. Now, though, itâs finally official.
9to5GoogleÂ also reportsÂ some users seeing another quick toggle sun icon and that a few people have the option to enable the change on the mobile web version of Google. Neither change is mentioned in Googleâs announcement.
Of course, youâve had options to search darkly before now â you could turn Google dark using browser plugins or use themes on alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo. Many of Googleâs Android andÂ iOS apps, includingÂ the main Google search app, have also had a dark mode for a while now.
But Google making it officially available as a setting will make it much easier for those who just couldnât be bothered to install an extension or switch search providers. Plus, it will hopefully alleviate the experience of logging on to a new device and trying to search for something, only to be blasted with the light of a thousand suns. Perhaps thatâs a bit hyperbolic, but hey â all hail the darkness (and the small quality-of-life improvements).