Google Chrome Themes: How to Change Them

Personalize your Chrome browser with a new theme

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Google Chrome themes modify the look and feel of your browser, altering the appearance of everything from your scrollbar to the background color of your tabs. The browser provides a simple interface you can use to locate and install new themes.

These instructions work with all modern desktop versions of Google Chrome, irrespective of which operating system you use.

How to Install Themes in Chrome

Browse for themes and install them directly from the online Chrome Web Store:

  1. Open a new Chrome web browser window.

  2. Select the More button in the upper-right corner of the page and choose Settings. Chrome Settings will open.

    Screenshot of More > Settings in Chrome
  3. Select Themes under Appearance. You can also visit the Chrome Web Store to browse the gallery for themes.

    Screenshot of Themes in Chrome Settings
  4. Preview a theme by selecting the thumbnail. Select the Add to Chrome button when you find one you like.

    You must be using Chrome to install a theme.

    Screenshot of Add to Chrome button on theme in Chrome Store
  5. Chrome installs the theme and automatically activates it. Your prior theme is removed.

Chrome does not store themes, so when you swap one, the old one is no longer accessible and must be reloaded from the Chrome Web Store.

How to Remove Themes in Chrome

Uninstall a theme from Chrome if you no longer wish to use it.

  1. Open a new Chrome web browser window.

  2. Select the More button in the upper-right corner of the page and choose Settings. Chrome Settings will open.

  3. Select Reset to Default under Appearance.

    Screenshot of Reset to Default in Chrome Settings
  4. The classic Google Chrome theme will be restored.

If these steps don't work, you could have malware. Take action to remove it from your device.

Changing Chrome's Color Scheme

The themes control Chrome's appearance. You cannot independently modify colors apart from a theme package.

Some operating systems override Chrome's behavior, setting specific colors for various user-interface elements. For example, Windows supports an accent color and different Linux desktop managers customize every element of a typical window.