Chrome 74 Arrives with No Dark Mode for Windows (Yet)

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome, Mobile, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Mac and macOS, Windows 10 with 17 Comments

Google has completed work on Chrome 74, but the Windows version of the browser does not include a Dark mode as expected.

Update: Google says that it will enable Dark mode in Chrome 74 on Windows over time and that only a “small number” of users have access to this feature now. You can learn how to force enable it here. –Paul

“The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 74 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux,” a Google announcement notes. “This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.”

As you may recall, Dark mode arrived for Mac in Chrome 73, and Google had planned to ship support for this feature for Windows 10 in Chrome 74. But it’s unclear why the feature was pulled, presumably for Chrome 75.

Also coming soon is—surprise—a new Reading mode feature, something I never expected from Google. But it’s clear now that the Reading mode functionality in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, now in preview, is based on this feature.

As for Chrome 74, there’s not much to say about the desktop version of the browser, which is used by over one billion people. But Chrome 74 for mobile is shipping with an improved data saver feature called Lite mode that reduces data usage by up to 60 percent.

“Lite mode will continue to reduce data use by using Google servers to compress the pages you visit before downloading them,” Google explains. Pages will now load faster, in some cases considerably faster, and use less memory.”

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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Chrome 74 Arrives with No Dark Mode for Windows (Yet)”

  1. arknu

    Um, no. Chrome 74 very much has dark mode. This is my Chrome straight after updating (no --force-dark-mode needed for me):


    I saw mentioned somewhere that they were rolling dark mode out gradually for some reason, but it is definitely in there.

  2. irfaanwahid

    Dark mode suddenly has become so popular that people seem to demand this feature from every app and OS.

    It's a good feature.. however.. I never imagined people are so interested in the smallest of things.

  3. JMarco

    Dark Mode just appeared as I opened Chrome 74 this evening at 8:30pm CST. Check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. navarac

    Courtesy a Tom Warren article in The Verge, in Chrome's icon properties add --force-dark-mode to target as in the following, for example


    "C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe" --force-dark-mode

  5. rsmcomputer

    What is so darned important about Dark Mode that makes it such a big deal?

  6. Stooks

    As long as Google does not break YouTube (the only Google product I now use on a computer) on the Chromium version of Edge I will never use Chrome again.


    Free at last!

  7. jwpear

    Themes work pretty well to achieve dark mode for the primary browser window. I suspect this satisfies the mainstream user base pretty well. The dev tools window is the only other window I use frequently enough to warrant a dark mode.


    I understand some might want dark mode everywhere, but it seems reasonable for them to prioritize other work over this given the theme support and mainstream audience.

  8. waethorn

    According to ZDnet, it does indeed have Dark Mode for Windows:


    zdnet.com/article/google-chrome-74-released-with-dark-mode-support-for-windows-users/

  9. waethorn

    It's not in the Linux version either. Seems it's Mac only for now.

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