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How to activate dark mode on Android

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How to activate dark mode on Android: Your friends are constantly talking about the dark mode of Android? Do they tell you how elegant this is, as well as useful for resting your eyes in the evening and saving battery on devices equipped with OLED displays? Well, hard to blame them! The dark theme is a real godsend for those who use their smartphone or tablet for many hours a day; then, as already said, it is also very nice to see, especially now that it is supported by a wide range of apps and therefore allows you to have the same very elegant style in all the applications you use.

If, however, you are now here and you are reading this tutorial, it seems clear to me that you cannot take advantage of this useful function on your devices, right? Well, if that’s the case, don’t worry: today I’m here to give you a hand and explain, in the simplest and fastest way possible, how to activate dark mode on android.

I already tell you that on Android 10 and later just activate a lever in the operating system settings and that’s it; on previous versions of Android, however, things can be done slightly more difficult, although not impossible. For more details, read on: everything is explained below.

How to activate dark mode on Android 10 (and later)

If you want to know how to activate dark mode on android and use a device equipped with Android 10 or later, you don’t have to do anything special: you can find the option to activate dark mode throughout the operating system and in supported apps directly in the settings menu.

Then open the app Settings of Android (thegear icon located on the Home screen or in the app drawer), go to Display and brightness and move up ON the lever relative to Dark mode. Mission accomplished! The dark mode will be activated instantly for all system menus and apps that support the aforementioned mode automatically (that is, they adapt to the style of the system interface).

If you can’t find some of the items I mentioned earlier, know that the menus can change depending on the version of Android and the device in use (I used Android 10 on a Huawei smartphone); to make it easier for you, try searching “dark mode”, “dark mode” or “dark colors” in the settings screen.

Alternatively, I point out that you can activate the dark mode also from the notification curtain: to do this, call up the menu in question by swiping from the top of the screen to the bottom, then repeat the operation, so as to display all the available buttons, and press on the one dedicated to the Dark mode (to make it come on).

In case you were wondering, there is currently no feature available that activates the dark mode on Android automatically based on the time of day; however, you can use a third-party app that allows you to obtain this automatism: the app is called Automatic Dark Theme for Android 10 and you can download it for free from either the Play Store than from alternative stores for Android.

Its operation, however, is not super intuitive: it involves the activation of the developer options on Android, the connection of the smartphone / tablet to the computer, the installation of the ADB software on the PC and entering some commands from Prompt / Terminal. Find all the detailed instructions directly in the app.

Having overcome this first obstacle, however, just activate a lever and you get the automatic dark mode (although, honestly, I don’t know if the game is worth the candle, given how easy it is to manually activate / deactivate the aforementioned mode).

How to activate dark mode on Android 9 and earlier

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If you want to know how to activate dark mode on android 9 or on previous versions of the Google home operating system, things get a little more complex. To be more precise, on Android 9 there is a hidden dark mode to be activated via the developer options; on Android 8 and Android 7 it is possible to “force” the adoption of dark mode through some third-party applications, while on even earlier versions of the operating system it is possible to act only at the launcher and app level. But let’s go in order.

  • If you are using Android 9, you can try to activate dark mode by going to the menu Settings> System and Updates> Developer Options and activating the night mode from the menu that opens. If you haven’t activated the “developer options” menu yet, go to Settings> About phone of your device and press on the item Build number seven consecutive times (if you are told that “you are already a developer”, try searching for “Developer options” in the settings and you should find the menu you need).
  • If you are using Android 8 or Android 7, you can install one of the apps that allow you to force the use of dark mode, knowing however that these do not always work (the outcome depends on the device in use). Among the applications in question I point out Dark Mode which you can download for free from the Play Store or from alternative stores and which allows you to activate dark mode on supported devices and dark mode in apps (eg Instagram) even on devices that do not support system dark mode. A Premium version is also available (to be unlocked through in-app purchases, starting from € 0.99) to remove advertisements, activate the Home screen widget and unlock other advanced functions. To use the application, all you have to do is start it and press the button Night mode, or on the button Automatic if you want to program the application of the dark theme. By going to the menu Show supported apps, you can also see the list of apps that support the dark theme and what to do to activate it in each of them.

Excluding the solutions listed above, which are among the most effective but also among the most problematic to apply, you can put into practice some tricks that allow you to have a sort of dark mode on all versions of Android, including those prior to 7 .

First, you might think about installing a launcher that supports dark mode, in order to have the application menu and the various elements of the Home screen in dark shades. Among the best launchers for Android that support dark mode, I would like to point out the very famous Nova Launcher (free, in its basic version) that you can make the default launcher of your device by going to the menu Settings> Home or Settings> Apps> Default apps> Home app.

To activate dark mode in Nova Launcher, just log in to settings of the same (by performing a long tap in an empty spot on the Home screen and pressing on the item Settings appears below), select the item Night mode from the menu that opens and set the drop-down menu for the function in question to Activated, to immediately activate dark mode, or on an option between Automatic And Personalized, to make the application of dark mode automatic.

By checking the options below you can decide the background color screens with dark mode active and the elements to be darkened between search bar, app menu, app menu icon And folders.

Nova Launcher

Once you have obtained the dark mode on the Home screen and drawer, I advise you to activate the dark mode in the apps that support it, by installing the app Dark Mode of which I told you before and by acting on the settings of the individual applications, as you can find explained in the next chapter of the tutorial.

Note: another option you may want to consider is to turn on color inversion in the accessibility settings of your smartphone or tablet (Settings> Accessibility or Settings> Accessibility Features> Accessibility), which would darken all the screens that are normally light, but it would also invert the colors of the multimedia contents and, in general, would “ruin” the rendering of many contents, therefore, in general, I would tend to advise against it. Better to opt for the other solutions I just told you about.

How to activate dark mode in Android apps

Now let’s see how activate dark mode in individual Android apps. Some, as already mentioned, automatically resume the general setting of the operating system; others, on the other hand, require you to manually act in their settings. Here are some practical examples.

How to activate dark mode on Instagram for Android

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Instagram is one of the applications that automatically resume the settings of the operating system, so to activate the dark mode in it just activate the aforementioned mode in the Android settings (or in apps like Dark Mode). For all the details, read my tutorial on how to have black Instagram.

How to activate dark mode on WhatsApp for Android


Whatsapp is one of the applications that provide a special entry for the activation of the dark mode in its settings. To find it, press the ⋮ button located at the top right of the main application screen and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. So move on Chat> Theme and select the item Dark from the box that is proposed to you. For more details, read my tutorial on how to have black WhatsApp on Android.

How to activate dark mode on YouTube for Android


Also YouTube provides a special settings to activate or deactivate the dark theme. To find it, open the app of the famous video sharing service, press on yours profile picture located at the top right, go to the menu Settings> General and activate the lever relative to Dark theme. For more details, I invite you to read my tutorial on how to have black YouTube.