How to use dark mode on Android

Find Android’s default lighting theme too harsh on your eyes? Is it draining your phone’s battery too quickly?

On your modern Android smartphone or tablet, you can use dark mode instead. This should make it easier for you to view and read the content on your device’s screen, and it can improve battery life on phones with OLED displays. How to enable dark mode on your Android smartphone or tablet.

Which Android versions support Dark Mode?

Android officially got dark mode support with Android 10. That means you can only enable system-wide dark mode on your phone if it’s running Android 10 or higher.

All versions prior to Android 10 do not have an official option to enable system-wide dark mode.

If you’re not sure what version of Android your phone is running, there is an option in Settings to check your version:

  1. Start the settings App on your phone.
  2. Scroll all the way down and tap Via phone.
  3. You should find an option that says Android version and next to it the current Android version of your device is displayed.

Here’s how to enable dark mode on your Android device

Once you’ve confirmed that your phone is running Android 10 or higher, you can go to Settings and toggle an option to enable dark mode. You can also activate the mode from the Quick Settings menu.

Remember, different phones have different ways to activate dark mode. Some phones even offer the feature to schedule dark mode, but it may not be available on all phones even if they are running on Android 10.

Here are two ways to enable dark mode on an Android device.

Enable Android dark mode in Settings

In the settings you can activate and configure various options for the dark mode.

On Android devices just go to Settings> Display> Advanced> Dark Theme.

On devices with custom versions of Android, you may find more options for Dark Mode or Night Mode. How to enable dark mode on a OnePlus phone, for example:

  1. Access … settings App.
  2. Tap adjustment.
  3. Choose Preset theme above.
  4. Choose the subject that says Nuanced darkness. This name varies from phone to phone, but it should mean something dark and you can recognize it.
  5. To use dark mode without changing the theme, tap volume and then select Dark on the resulting screen.

Your Android phone should now display most of its items in a dark color.

Enable Android dark mode from quick settings

The quick settings are a quicker way to turn dark mode on and off on your Android device. Not all Android devices in the market have the dark mode option in quick settings, but you can check if the option is available on your device.

This is how you do it:

  1. Drag your phone’s screen down from the top.
  2. Tap the Dark mode Tile to activate dark mode.
  3. If you don’t see the tile, swipe left and you will reveal more tiles.

How to turn off dark mode on your Android device

Disabling Android dark mode is as easy as turning it on.

If you’ve used settings to activate the mode, go into the same settings window and select a different theme. If you used the dark tone, change the tone to the Bright one and that should disable dark mode.

When you’ve used quick settings to activate the mode, open Quick settings again and tap the Dark mode Opportunity. This will disable the mode on your device.

What to do if your device does not support dark mode

If your phone or tablet doesn’t support or run Android 10, you’re out of luck. You cannot activate and use dark mode on your device.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t give your device a slightly darker color effect. Some devices, especially those running Android 9, have at least one dark theme that you can use to create a dark mode-like effect on your device.

This might not work as well as the system-wide dark mode in Android 10, but that at least partially gets the job done.

There are also apps that support dark mode, and you can individually enable dark mode in these apps on your devices.

Make your device’s screen easier on your eyes

If your eyes are getting strained after using your Android device for a long time, you can try turning on dark mode to see if that helps you. As long as your phone is running Android 10 or higher, you can activate an option to activate the mode system-wide on your device.

Another way to protect your eyes while using your phone is to use a blue light filter. Again, this is built into some Android phones, and there are plenty of blue light filter apps on the Play Store as well.

Related Posts