How to enable Google Docs Dark Mode FREE in 3 steps?


Are you looking for the Google Docs Dark Mode version? Then you are on the correct help page. Thereby we will explain to you the history of this product and its Google Doc Dark Mode product. And the steps on how you can enable this Dark Mode version in your web browser. That is 3 easy steps for all web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Brave, Vivaldi, Maxthon, Naver Whale, and Microsoft Edge).

Google Docs is an online word processor included as part of the free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite offered by Google, which also includes Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Sites, and Google Keep. The Google word processor was released initial release date on 9 March 2006.


The Google Docs web application is originally from two separate products, that named Writely and XL2Web. Whereby the first product, Writely was a web-based word processor created by the software company Upstartle and launched in August 2005. It began as an experiment by programmers Sam Schillace, Steve Newman, and Claudia Carpenter, experimenting with the then-new Ajax technology and the “content editable” function in browsers. Google announced on 9 March 2006 that they buy out the Upstartle company.

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Google Docs Dark Mode with the user interface in dark
Google Docs Dark Mode with the user interface in dark

Activate Google Docs Dark Mode with the free browser extension

For regular desktop internet users, you can get also this Google Docs Night Mode version on your favorite web browser. That with the Night Mode option in the Turn Off the Lights Browser extension. Follow the steps here below on how to enable this free solution in your web browser:

  1. Download the Turn Off the Lights browser extension
  2. Click right on the gray lamp button and select Options in the menu item
  3. The Turn Off the Lights Options page shows up and select the tab Night Mode
  4. And enable here the Night switch or the long-press feature to activate the night mode on the current web page

In addition, you can customize the website background, text, and hyperlink colors. So you can make it personal to your night theme style. And get the Google Docs Dark Mode you want to see in your web browser.

YouTube video tutorial on how to enable the Night Mode feature

And on iOS, you can also install the Turn Off the Lights for Safari app, which brings the option to get dark mode on your smaller screen size. So you can activate it with a long press on the current web page. See in the Turn Off the Lights Options page -> Night Mode tab -> and here you see the option to activate it by the switch on long-press action.

Steps to activate Google Docs Dark Mode (iOS web browser)

If you want to keep it always enabled in our Safari web browser on iOS and iPadOS. See this YouTube video tutorial on how to enable the Night Owl feature:

How to enable the Night Owl profile to keep the harmony Dark Mode style on all websites.

If you need any assistance or feedback to improve this free and Open-Source browser extension. You can always contact us on the support form here on the left side.


Hope that will answer one of your questions about the Google Docs Dark Mode:

  • Activate dark mode for Google Docs desktop
  • How do I make Dark Mode for Google Docs?
  • Is there a dark mode for Google Docs?
  • How to enable dark mode for Google Docs?
  • How do I get a Dark Theme for Google Docs?

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