Opera browser's dark mode brings noir hue to every web page on Android phones

Wrap your browser in a sweet blanket of night.

Sean Keane Former Senior Writer
Sean knows far too much about Marvel, DC and Star Wars, and poured this knowledge into recaps and explainers on CNET. He also worked on breaking news, with a passion for tech, video game and culture.
Expertise Culture, Video Games, Breaking News
Sean Keane

If you've been looking to inject more darkness into your web browsing on Android devices, Opera's browser has the solution. Along with the darkened interface, version 55 of the browser  can give white sections of web pages a noir look even if they aren't designed that way. 

You can manually tweak the color temperature and schedule dark mode to activate at certain times to reduce the blue light your screen gives off. It also lets you dim the onscreen keyboard, but Android Police notes that the overlay this feature uses is experimental and potentially buggy.


The dark mode on Opera's Android browser is pretty extensive.


Stefan Stjernelund, Opera's Android product manager, noted that the features were designed with the harsh winter months in the company's native Norway in mind.

"With only a few hours of sunlight each day, we noticed that most of today's devices' automatic brightness settings cannot go dark enough, often disturbing everyone's circadian rhythms," he said in a blog post. "We decided to fix this issue with our browser. This version of Opera allows you to suppress blue light and go super dark."

Opera declined to comment about its plans to bring this feature to the iOS version of the app, which is known as Opera Touch.

First published Dec. 5 at 5:12 a.m. PT.
Update, 7 a.m.: Notes that Opera declined comment.

Watch this: Best dark-mode Android apps to try now

Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone's dark side never looked so good

See all photos