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Chrome changes color theme automatically: How to Fix

In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the issue of Chrome automatically changing color themes randomly. The browser from the Silicon Valley giant beholds a few customization options, including the ability to set custom themes and wallpapers. Likewise, you could even install third-party themes directly from the Chrome Web Store. However, as of late, its UI/UX seems to have gone out for a toss.

Chrome changes theme automatically

Numerous users have voiced their concern that Chrome is automatically changing color themes randomly throughout the day. For some, it changes back to the Chrome Colors whereas others have said that it simply reverts to the default white/black theme. If you are also getting bugged by any of these issues, then this guide will help you out. Follow along for the fix. 

Fix Chrome changes color theme automatically

In order to rectify this issue, you’ll have to disable the ‘customize chrome color extraction’ flag. This flag “Enables setting theme color based on background image color when the background image is changed in New Tab Page Customize Chrome”. As of now, this flag is proving to be the culprit behind this issue. So disable it using the below-listed steps and then check if it spells out success for you or not.

  1. Launch Chrome and then head over to the below location:
  2. Then search for the ‘customize chrome color extraction’ flag.
  3. Now change its state to Disabled and hit the Relaunch button.Chrome changes theme automatically

That’s it. Chrome will now restart and the issue of automatically changing color themes will be rectified. As far as the official stance on this matter is concerned, the developers are aware of this issue, but they haven’t given out any ETA for the rollout of a fix. As and when that happens, we will update this guide accordingly. In the meantime, the aforementioned workaround is your best bet.

  • I’ve spent nearly an hour trying to restore my previous color scheme after changing the background image. Google’s imposition of a color scheme based on the background image is annoying AF. I’d prefer to choose the image and colors separately. Disabling the #customize-chrome-color-extraction flag resolved the issue by restoring the old version of the appearance settings. Thank you very much!