In the world of smartphones today, Android seems to be dominating the operating system. This is because Android owns over 74% of the operating system. Hence, we can affirm Android smartphones are the most used phones in the world. Based on this, Google has been continually upgrading its Android operating system to make clients have access to unique user experience and Dark Mode is one of the most anticipated ones.
On September 1st, 2019, Google launched its tenth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system — Android 10. One of the remarkable features that come with the latest Android operating system is the dark mode feature. This feature allows even third party apps to, automatically, engage in this feature when it’s active, disregarding if your distribute in Google Play or third-party app stores.
The Android 10 update is available on Google Pixel and a rising variety of other Android phones. Although the most popular Android OS is Android Pie, the circulation of this feature is gaining space to an extent that app developers should take such feature into consideration. As most Android developers know, technology keeps evolving and Android operating system has many things to offer in the coming future.
What Dark Mode is and Why it’s a Big Deal
Android’s dark mode is a theme that changes the whole color palette of the menus of your device and the native Google apps, including Chrome, YouTube Google Drive, Google Calendar, and some other third-party apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Reddit. However, with the uniqueness that comes with the dark mode, the list of the supported apps will soon skyrocket as it will be a popular demand from Android users.
The next question is, why is it a big deal? Anyone with an average knowledge about mobile devices knows that the biggest battery drainer is the screen. Hence, a dark mode will make your device serve you longer than it usually does. According to a statement released by Google, it says that the dark mode theme “can reduce power usage by a significant amount (depending on the device’s screen technology).” Especially if your device has an OLED screen, dark mode will surely reduce the battery consumption.
Also, there are some smartphone users with an eye defect or another. Google also states that the dark mode improves visibility for those with low vision and users sensitive to bright light. Hence, this feature makes it extremely possible for devices to be used under a low-light territory. That is, at night, you can save your eyes from the strain of overexposure to bright light. Some people naturally prefer dark themes so they opt for having the dark mode run on their device all day long.
How to Enable this Feature on Android
Having your Android dark enabled depends on the Android version your smartphone, phablet, or tablet is currently running on.
Activating Android Dark Mode on Android 10
To activate the dark mode theme on your Android 10, go to the “Settings” app, navigate down to “Display,” and find the toggle switch beside the “Dark Theme” to enable it.
Alternatively, you can drag down your notification bar till it shows a full display. Then, click the pen icon, which allows you to edit the notification tiles. This will open an extended batch of icons where the dark theme icon lies. Drag the dark theme icon to the top folder where Wifi, Data Connection, and Airplane Mode icons are, and drop it. Exit the edit mode. You can now turn the dark theme on and off from this point.
Activating Android Dark Mode on Android 9.0 Pie
The Android Pie also has an option to toggle between light and dark themes. However, the process is a little bit different from Android 10. To activate this feature on Android Pie, go to the “Settings” app and open it to the “Display” option. Tap “Advanced” browse down to the “Device Theme,” then tap the “Dark” option to activate the dark theme.
It’s critical to know that the dark mode for Android Pie is not as qualitative as that of Android 10 because the settings menu and the notification bar will retain the light theme.
This feature is getting popular with time, and people love this Android feature. It’s worthy of note to know that some apps also come with a dark mode configuration, giving users the option to enjoy the dark version of the app. A few other apps also made sure that this is possible for those using Android smartphones running on operating system bel Android 10.