Dark Theme for Android: Why you should use it and how to activate it on your phone

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All Pixel devices have now received Google’s Android 10 update, and a growing number of other Android smartphones have also done so. This means a dark mode, also called Dark Theme, is now functional on a slew of Android mobile devices running the latest version of the OS.

When Dark Theme for Android is active on your phone, it flips the color palette of every menu and virtually every native Google application, with Chrome and YouTube not left out, all across your device. Also, it supports an array of 3rd-party apps, including Reddit and Instagram.

And it is expected that the list of supported mobile apps will continue to expand with time as well.

But what makes Dark Theme such an essential upgrade? You will get to find out shortly. In the heart of today’s how-to post, we will show you how to activate Dark Mode, and we will also expound the benefits it offers.

Read on to learn more!

What Are the Benefits of Dark Theme?

Android 10's Dark Theme
Enabling Dark Mode comes with a range of benefits

Battery Saving

It’s an established fact that your mobile phone screen is what drains your battery the most; hence, it is a no-brainer to infer that by emitting less light, you get to enjoy a longer battery life on your device.

Further, making use of Dark Theme on OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens has offered a big boost to battery life, Google has confirmed. For instance, with screen brightness set at 50 percent, the Dark Mode interface on your YouTube mobile app cuts down on screen energy usage by around 15 percent in comparison with a flat white background.

When set at 100 percent brightness, the dark interface is reducing screen energy usage by a whopping 60 percent.

Better Health & Wellbeing

Dark Theme, the tech Giant says, will help enhance users’ health and wellbeing.

During an interview held at Google I/O in May last year, Google’s VP of product management for Android and Play, Sameer Samat, stated: “Everyone can relate to being in a room where the lights are turned down and you’ve got this white screen blinding you.”

However, it isn’t only painful and dry eyes we experience when looking at bright blue screens throughout the day. According to research, exposure to light also suppresses melatonin secretion. (If this mention of melatonin all sounds Greek to you, do note it is a hormone required for sleep.)

Improved Visibility

Lastly, Google also explained that the Dark Theme enhances the visibility for those kinds of users that show sensitivity to bright light or those that have low-light vision.

When You Don’t Need to Use Need Dark Theme

It isn’t everything about the Dark Mode that’s beneficial. For instance, when you’re making use of your phone in direct sunlight or a well-lit room, it will be difficult to read text placed on dark backgrounds.

As such, you needn’t necessarily enable the Dark Theme when you are using your mobile phone is only in bright daylight.

Hence, an automatic switch from sunset until sunrise is an essential option. The auto option let’s the phone switch between a white background and deal background by itself.

Smartphones with the Dark Theme Option

Google Pixel 3A
Pixel 3A is one of the first devices to receive the Android 10 update

We have multiple mobile phones with support for Dark Theme, including the following:

This list is constantly growing since a lot of phone makers are releasing their devices with Android 10, so you will soon be able to enjoy the Dark Theme on your device, too.

Also, it is pertinent to bear in mind that, while the above-listed smartphones are currently running Android 10, a handful of interfaces offer alternated Dark Mode imitations, which you may also fancy.

How to Activate Dark Theme for Android 10

How to activate Dark Mode for Android 10 smartphones
There are 3 ways to activate Dark Theme for Android phones

Now, let us talk about how you can activate the Dark Theme on your Android. There are three methods you can use for enabling dark backgrounds on your smartphone.

Here is a detailed guideline of how each of them works:

First Method — Change System Settings

This technique involves enabling the Dark Mode directly from your system settings. To do this, start by hitting the Settings icon, which you will find by swiping down the Home screen or checking your menu. Then, tap Display.

The next you will see is a toggle for Dark Theme; press to enable it. That’s all!

Second Method — Use Quick Settings

This technique can save your time if you are averse to navigating through your settings each time you want Dark Theme activated. It is a much quicker option, which requires you to pin it to your Quick Settings.

In case you are wondering what the Quick Settings feature is, they are those big tiles that show up when you swipe down the notification bar.

Having said that, you can add Dark Theme to the Quick Settings by pulling that notification bar down until a large grid of tiles appears.

Please, note that you may have to pull on the notification bar down twice since you’d want it to look just like this below picture from Google.

Activating Dark Mode
Image credit: Google

The next thing is to hit the pen icon, which you will see at the bottom of the drawer.

Once you have done this, it will open a separate set of icons that you can include in your tiles.

Proceed by holding the Dark Theme icon and dragging it into the top folder, beside the icons for Airplane Mode, WiFi & Battery Saver, as you can see in the picture below:

Turning on Dark Mode
Image credit: Google

By dropping the Dark Theme icon close to the top of the grid, it’ll also show up in the slimmer icon bar, which appears when you drag down the notification bar for the first time.

Lastly, exit by hitting the back button.

It’s all good now: You can now enable Dark Theme simply by pulling your notification bar down and then pressing the icon.

Third Method — Use Battery Saver Mode 

This technique is exclusively for Google Pixel smartphone users.

On your device, you can activate the Dark Theme automatically by turning on Battery Saver mode, which you will find in the dropdown notification bar.

Please, note that when you turn on Battery Saver mode, you are also enabling all other features that work with this mode. This implies that you are turning off your location as well as some background processes.

Thus, you might consider using this method only when your phone’s battery is low.

Wrapping up

The Dark Theme comes with a number of benefits and perks, including cutting down on battery usage, enhancing your health & wellbeing, and improving visibility.

Now that you have been able to enable the Dark Mode on your device, you can enjoy the new look of the device screen and layout and the benefits mentioned above. Dark Theme will apply itself automatically to native apps from Google — the likes of YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, and Google Photos.

Furthermore, it’ll work with an expanding range of 3rd-party apps. Some of them could need some adjustment from your end, though. For instance, the Reddit app will require that you set the Auto Night Mode to Follow system; this will be done in your app’s settings menu.

In case you find that your favorite apps do not reflect the dark background on their own, you can navigate through their settings and try applying it yourself.

What is your experience using the Dark Theme in Android 10?

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