Android Messages gets dark mode and more with latest update to v3.5

Android Messages gets dark mode and more with latest update to v3.5
Remember about five years ago when the sound of the plastic screen covering being pulled off a new phone would send people into orgasmic waves of pleasure. These days, that sound no longer has the same ability to excite smartphone fanatics. Instead, there are two words that seem to do the same thing, "dark mode." Whenever an app adds an option allowing the user to switch to dark mode, those who have installed the app are so intent on using the new feature that they simply cannot wait for it to arrive.

All dark mode does is switch an app from having a white background and black text, to offering a black background and white text. Yes, it is a godsend to some using their phones at night or under low-light conditions, because the bright white background can be blinding in dark surroundings. But there seems to be more to the dark mode mania than that. And today, an update to Android Messages adds a dark mode and more. Version 3.5 of the texting app updates the UI to Google's Material Theme. This means that you should see a lot of white and the use of Google Sans font (check out the image at the top of this article).

To turn on dark mode, tap on the three buttons at the right of the screen and tap on "Enable dark mode." To turn it off, tap on the same three buttons and click on "Disable dark mode." To install the app on your Android phone, click on the sourcelink below. Keep in mind that the update just started rolling out today, and it might not yet be available on your phone

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16 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Looks very iOS-ish, eh? I like it, though!

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Don't you know...? The New Big Thing with Android platform and it's incompetent manufacturers is "copy anything and everything Apple does & worship the Apple Gods twice a day, morning and evening". That's their new business strategy. Their marketing strategy is completely different too, that is "blame Apple for everything, and by doing that we spread the Apple hatred all over the world, then people will buy our products just because they hate Apple".

16. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Go find a ditch somewhere and burry your little brains

2. Pigaro

Posts: 90; Member since: May 15, 2016

Nice one

3. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Does it have pop-up functionality, a la Facebook messenger?

4. thedizzle

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

This app doesnt have that many settings. Weird hah.

5. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

STILL waiting for dark theme for YouTube Android.

6. thedizzle

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

For real, I have Youtube premium and its not even an option, ugh

12. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Yeah, I don't understand why Google seems hesitating to implement it on Android. I like it very much on iOS. Hopefully they do it next month so with chrome browser.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'm running Version 3.5.048. No dark mode to be found.

8. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Same here

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Figured it out. You need to force stop the app and start it again, this will reboot it and you get the new material 2

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Grabbed it this morning from apkmirror.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Hope the update to allow you the option to change the background on different people.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Google's dark mode sucks. It's just grey. I want pitch black.

15. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

odd not yet on my phone n no update yet ..:(

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