How do I disable the Google Chrome dark mode, but still keep using the dark mode appearance for the OS?

Up until today, Google Chrome was still the white material design. Now when I open it, I get the dark theme.

I can make it white again if I change the system appearance to white, but I like the dark theme for the OS.

I've searched chrome://flags and didn't see anything. I've also looked through the settings in Chrome and didn't find anything either.

Any ideas of why it suddenly changed, and how to change it back?

Chrome Version: 73.0.3683.86 (Official Build) (64-bit)

macOS Version: 10.14.3 (18D109)

Dark Mode

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Light Mode

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2 Answers 2


Use Command

defaults write com.google.Chrome NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool Yes

run this in Terminal will do.

Disable dark mode of other app

If you want to disable the dark mode of other application you'll need to get the Bundle Identifier first.

osascript -e 'id of app "<App Name>"'

This will get the Bundle Identifier. Use the following command to disable dark mod of it.

defaults write <Bundle Identifier> NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool Yes

If you want to enable the dark mode of it again

defaults delete <Bundle Identifier> NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance

will do.

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    The first command worked right away for me - in case you installed a design (like me), visit the settings page, go to design and check "reset to defaults", then the changes will take effect. Mar 27, 2019 at 15:14
  • @FlorianMüller worked for me as well. Use the command, restart Chrome and the changes will take effect.
    – DrZoo
    Mar 27, 2019 at 16:43
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    for canary it's defaults write com.google.Chrome.canary NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool Yes
    – Wayou
    Apr 2, 2019 at 9:15
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    Great, thanks. Needed it to turn it off for Iron/Chromium: defaults write org.chromium.Chromium NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool YES Aug 8, 2019 at 6:34

If you want to disable google chrome dark mode while using dark system mode setting then you can do it very easily.

In MacOs run in terminal:

defaults write com.google.Chrome NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool YES

In Windows add the suffix in the target in shortcut properties

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-features=DarkMode

Source https://www.techllog.com/2019/05/how-to-disable-chromes-dark-mode/

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    The suggested solution for Windows doesn't seem to work on Chrome 79 and Windows 10 1909. Feb 4, 2020 at 19:05
  • Yes the solution doesn't work for Windows 10 as of Chrome version 75+.
    – Luke
    Apr 17, 2020 at 6:50

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