Stop the Chrome “Flash of Death”

You use Chrome, you have it (and probably your OS) set to dark mode, and perhaps you use a browser plugin to enable dark mode as well.  However, every time you open a new tab or click on a link that takes you to a new tab, you get the joy of that huge white flash from Chrome.  Every. Damn. Time.  Your eyes now hurt.

What I’ve been to come up with works on both of my Windows 10 systems and my Chromebook.  They’re simple, no chrome://flags or anything to change.  Hopefully, it works for you as well.

Step 1 – Change Your Chrome Theme

I know, I know. This is the worst part. It’s going to suck, but I haven’t been able to find any other way around this part.  The best Chrome Theme that I’ve been able to find that almost fully eliminates the flash is Just Black.

Once Just Black was installed, this helped with virtually all of the white flashes, so start there.

Step 2 – Dark Mode Plugin

From here, I’ve tried 3-4 different dark mode plugins for Chrome.  The one that I ‘ve settled on is Dark Reader.  It’s simple and easy to use, plus the darker color scheme that’s used, by default, is quite good.

Conclusion

This isn’t a hard fix and as long as you’re not married to a Chrome theme, then it works.  For the record, I’ve tried the chrome://flags options and many other things.  This setup either reduces the flash to microseconds or outright eliminates them.

Hopefully, this works for you, too.