How to use Google Docs’ dark mode on any device to make late-night writing more comfortable on your eyes

Professional using laptop at night working with documents
You can use a dark mode in Google Docs on a computer or mobile device. Justin Paget/Getty Images
  • Google Docs’ dark mode can make the writing tool more attractive and comfortable to use in a dark room.
  • You can enable dark mode in the Google Docs app on any iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  • Dark mode is not available in a browser, but a third-party Chrome browser extension can add it.
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Dark mode is a popular interface option that presents bright text on a dark background. While it doesn’t necessarily ease the strain on your eyes, it can prove more comfortable and attractive than dark text on a bright background, especially when using a device in a dark room. Here’s how to enable dark mode in Google Docs.

How to turn on dark mode in Google Docs on iPhone or iPad

Follow these steps to turn on Dark Mode in Google Docs on an iPhone or iPad.

1. Open the Google Docs app.

2. Tap the Options menu, which is represented by three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of the app.

Google docs iphone app - options menu
Tap the three horizontal lines to open a menu. Matthew Smith

3. Select Settings.

Options menu in google docs app
Choose Settings. Matthew Smith

4. Tap Theme.

5. Choose Dark.

Google docs app -theme menu
Select Dark. Matthew Smith

Google Docs will switch to dark mode immediately.

How to turn on dark mode in Google Docs on Android

These steps will turn on Dark Mode in Google Docs on an Android phone or tablet.

1. Open the Google Docs app.

2. Tap the Options menu. It’s represented by three horizontal lines in the upper left hand corner of the app.

Android google docs app - options menu
Tap the three horizontal lines to open a menu. Matthew Smith

3. Select Settings.

Android google docs app - settings
Tap the Settings option. Matthew Smith

4. Tap Choose Theme and select Dark.

Choose theme menu in android google docs app
Tap Dark in the pop-up window. Matthew Smith

Google Docs will switch to dark mode immediately.

How to turn on dark mode in Google Docs on a computer

Google Docs does not offer a built-in dark mode on a computer. However, you can enable dark mode with a third-party extension. The instructions below apply to Google Docs in the Chrome web browser.

1. Open the Chrome web browser.

2. Visit the Google Docs Dark Mode extension’s page.

3. Select Add to Chrome.

Google docs dark mode extension
Click Add to Chrome. Matthew Smith

4. Click Add Extension in the pop-up that appears.

The extension will download and install. You must reload any open Google Docs windows for the extension to take effect.

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