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Google Chrome address or search bar theme issue (white on black theme)

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New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published May 11, 2022) follows:

Google Chrome is the most popular Chromium-based web browser. Millions of users make Chrome their favorite browser thanks to the many features it offers.

Google Chrome offers the classic set of features designed to enhance the experience. This includes everything from extension support to theme support (white and dark).

Google Chrome’s dark theme (or dark mode) is useful for minimizing the screen’s impact on your eyes. However, some users prefer to keep the white theme to maintain the original look of the websites.

Unfortunately, some Google Chrome users are facing an issue where the search address (or search bar) automatically switches to the white theme while the rest of the interface keeps the dark theme (or vice versa).

Google Chrome reverse search bar theme (black on white theme or vice versa) after v101 update

According to several reports, the address bar randomly switches to light mode, being incompatible with the rest of the UI when set to dark mode (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, seven).


white search bar in dark mode

For some reason, my search bar randomly turned white. I’ve tried resetting my themes, uninstalling and updating chrome, resetting my chrome settings, clearing cache and cookies, everything and yet it’s still like this. The only theme I have is “Chrome Colors” to change the chrome page to a darker color, not the “Just Black” theme. Any help is appreciated.

The problem also occurs in the reverse situation. That is, the address bar or search bar is displayed in black while the rest of the interface uses the white theme.

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Apparently, this is all because Google now ties Chrome theme settings to users’ Windows theme settings. So this causes a UI conflict.

Unable to revert to light theme for address bar

Chrome decided it was a good idea to automatically link my chrome theme to my windows theme (I like chrome in light theme) and now I have this horrible black address bar and I can’t get rid of it unless I change the windows theme to blinding light theme. is it possible to have a white address bar and keep my windows theme dark?

The fix would be available on the Google Chrome Dev version

The fix for the problem is said to have been applied in the latest development version of Google Chrome. So, as a potential workaround, you can try upgrading to Chrome Beta.


For those hoping for a quick fix in the stable release, there is bad news. Apparently, the fix could take between 1 and 2 months to be implemented for everyone.

Other potential workarounds

In the meantime, there are other workarounds you can try to mitigate or fix the problem. First, you can try changing the chrome flags:

I managed to solve it by changing the chrome flags from “chrome://flags/”.

Just change “Color provider redirection for theme provider” to “disable”.

Alternatively, you can also try the following:

You need to choose dark theme color for default windows mode and default app mode in windows settings (win + I -> customize -> colors). It went back to the dark address bar for me at least, maybe this will help you too.

We’ll update this story once new details emerge in the future.

Update 1 (May 12)

5:14 p.m. (IST): A Redditor has shared a workaround that may help you fix the search bar issue.



Update 2 (May 13)

4:47 p.m. (IST): A product expert has confirmed that this bug has already been reported. Also, a fix for the same is in the works, however, there is no ETA.

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