How To Uninstall Google Chrome Themes

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 27, 2012
Updated • Mar 27, 2012
Google Chrome

I tested the My Chrome Theme yesterday which allowed me to create a custom basic theme for the Chrome browser. It was quite an interesting experience, as it offered options to change the background image and various interface colors. One of the effects was that the default theme was replaced by the custom theme that I created with the help of the extension. After trying the extension for some time, I decided to remove the installed theme again to restore the default theme in the browser. And that's where the searching for a theme removing option began.

Uninstall Google Chrome Themes

Since I never uninstalled themes before in the browser, I had no clue how to do that. I first tried to find the installed themes in the extensions listing, only to find out that the themes were not listed there. I then started to look through the options to find the setting that would allow me to switch the currently installed theme back to the browser's default theme.

After some digging in the options I discovered the themes setting under Personal Stuff. It consisted of a single button which would reset the theme of the browser to the default theme when clicked on.

uninstall chrome themes

A click on reset to default theme restores the default browser theme.  Since there is no theme listing available in the browser, it appears as if Chrome only keeps a copy of the current theme and the default theme. All other themes seem to be replaced automatically whenever a new theme or the default theme get installed in the browser.

This feature makes Chrome less flexible than Firefox for instance, which keeps all previous themes listed in the browser until they are uninstalled in the add-ons manager of the browser. I personally like Firefox's way of keeping all previously installed themes preferable to Chrome's way of only keeping a record of the current and default theme. What's your take on this?


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  1. Anonymous said on January 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    i think chrome is good at keeping the current theme only… as themes will be readily available anytime and i personally think that themes are not something we will use over and over again.

  2. koen said on June 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    this was really helpful

  3. Chris said on March 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Next time just start typing for what you are looking for. Once in options; typing ‘them’ in this case brings you there. Google likes efficiency. At any cost.

  4. Robert Palmar said on March 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    This is a surprising limitation on Chrome.
    With an utterly unintuitive theme removal.

    Whenever I tried themes in Firefox I switch back
    and forth with candidates installed side by side.

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