Google Drive dark mode for web finally starts rolling out

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Google has finally officially announced dark mode for Drive on the web. The app already supported a dark theme on its mobile app counterpart and now it is available for desktops as well. The company started testing the Google Drive dark mode in select regions earlier in March. Now, the much-awaited feature is finally available for all users across the globe.

Google Drive dark mode is finally available on the web

Most of the Google apps for both Android and iOS devices have supported the dark mode for a while now. However, the dark theme isn’t available in the web counterpart of all the Google apps. But now, the users of the Google Drive application will be happy as the dark mode is live on the web. This mode will put less strain on their eyes while using Google Drive on their computers at night.

To enable Google Drive’s dark mode, users will need to click on the Gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen. Then, click on the Settings option in the drop-down menu. Finally, change the appearance settings to “Dark”. Some users are also getting a prompt to change to the new dark mode whenever they open Drive in the browser.

The dark theme only applies to the file view

It’s worth mentioning that the dark theme in Google Drive web only applies to the file view. Once you switch on the dark mode, the background will go completely dark. The menus, file names, tabs, and more will appear gray on top of the black background. The sidebar and search bar are slightly lighter and somewhat gray when compared to the darker inner container.

The Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other files will still appear white when you open them. It is quite similar to what Gmail’s dark theme offers. The contents of an email in the dark mode still appear white.

Google has started rolling out the dark mode for Drive’s web version from April 16. The new feature is being rolled out gradually, so it could take some time to reach all the users. The much-anticipated feature is available for all Google Workspace users, Workspace individual subscribers, and all users with personal Google accounts.