Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a secret built-in dark theme, enabling it is easy

A dark interface theme and theme support in general have been among the top-requested features for any major iteration of Android for more than half a decade now, yet Google still refuses to bake in this already widespread functionality of third-party Android distributions.

Yet the wall is beginning to crack a little, as the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launcher is, you see, boasting an automatic dark theme that kicks in when you apply a darker wallpaper as a background. So far, it seems to be working with the built-in Pixel launcher only, but we are certain a workaround will arrive in no time.

By doing that, your notification/quick settings shade, folders, and app drawer are getting a dark makeover that not only looks classy, but also goes easier on your battery due to the fact that the two devices are using AMOLED displays, which are more energy-efficient when faced against dark scenes and images.

Currently, there's no way of enabling this manually, but your best will be to apply a darker image and hope for the best. Multiple outlets are reporting that one safe way to enable dark theme on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL is to apply one of the preloaded "In the shadows" wallpapers.

You can check out how the dark theme fares against the default bright one in the gallery below.



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9 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Looks beautiful.Now just replace soft keys by swipe gestures or giving an option.It looks congested with search bar.That 18:9 resolution display makes really difficult for thumb to reach the soft keys.

2. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Nice find

3. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

"Connected to Gear S3", on a Pixel phone. Try posting that on a purist site like Android Police and the comment section will explode. :)

4. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Android Oreo is beyond earth

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lol What a joke...

6. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I like the Pixel Phones a lot. But I cannot accept spending 800 to 1050€ and stilll getting spied on. We should not forget that google reads your mails, that google listens 24/7 to what you are doing by leaving the microphone on. Google needs to decide how to make money. Either sell hardware or via selling adds while offering the same hardware for 400€ maximum.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. with great fingernails... but the Nexus era is dead. The only way Google will launch a $400 phone is when they release a mid-ranger phone. And it seems they won't release any anytime soon as they want to replicate Apple in the "Premium" approach to the customers.

8. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

It’s not about the money. I am happy to pay 800€ or more if I can be sure that Google does not spy on me. But it’s hard to accept that Google spys and charges me Apple pricing at the same time. Apple does not read my messages. They have no access to it.

9. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I think Apple may get some information from you. but not that deep as Google of course. Sadly Google's income depend on the individual's information and that clearly is a threat to privacy. The only way I can tell you to use a Pixel is to not use any Google Service, disable everything that says Google in it and be permanently disconected from the web... When I had my Nexus 5x I disabled the Google Assitant and didn't use some of it services, but I have Gmail, use GMaps, use Photos app, and so on, it's virtually impossible to evade Google's Eye. Unless yout get another phone...

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