Google is testing a dark desktop search mode, Google confirmed The Verge. If the test has rolled out to you and your system is set to dark mode, the background of Google’s search pages will be very dark gray.
Here is an example of what dark mode looks like:
It is unclear to what extent the test has been rolled out. A couple The edge employees had their search pages automatically switched to dark mode, and 9to5Google and some people on Twitter have seen the new dark mode as well. But Google’s search pages are still white for me, even though I ‘ve turned on dark mode right now on macOS.
It is also unclear if or when dark desktop search mode can be officially rolled out wider. “We are always testing new ways to improve the experience for our users, but have nothing specific to announce right now,” Google said in a statement to The Verge.
This is not the first time a dark desktop search mode is displayed: 9to5Google reported in January that some people saw dark mode then.
If you are a fan of dark mode, there have been some eventful days. Changes in Twitter’s dark mode caught some people unknowingly last week when their dark mode unexpectedly got even darker. And Microsoft is now testing changes to Word to darken entire documents when using dark mode.
Update February 10, 17:18 ET: Google confirmed to The Verge that this rollout was a test, so we have updated the headline and article to reflect that.