Google Photos update brings long-awaited dark theme

Google Photos update brings long-awaited dark theme
Google is definitely on a roll when it comes to bringing its apps up to par with the upcoming Android Q design language. As some of you might already know, Android Q will add a system-wide dark mode, but that won't kick in when you're using apps.

And so the Mountain View giant has started to add the dark mode option to many of its apps. We already reported that a couple apps, including Calendar and Keep have already been updated with the new feature.

Well, it looks like Photos is the next Google app that is getting a dark theme, XDA Developers reports. The latest version of Google Photos allows users to switch to a dark mode, but we're not sure whether or not this is worldwide roll-out yet.

We do know that the dark theme was spotted for the first time in Google Photos version 4.17.0.249919200, so if you have that installed on your Android phone, you should be able to see it. Otherwise, we'll just have to wait for a wider roll-out, which might come in the coming days or even weeks.

If you have a slightly older Google Photos version installed on your phone, don't bother looking for a newer one in the Google Play Store since this seems like a server-side update, which doesn't require any action from users.

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9 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Apple’s Dark mode is better and well thought while this seems half baked.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 254; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Can you explain why it seems half baked?

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2259; Member since: May 04, 2015

He can't so don't bother asking. He's just a troll in every android article.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

They don’t get into details of making dark mode theme awesome. Now try to look at iphone photos in dark mode, it feels premium and amazing.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The company which is selling LCD flagship phones ( based on prices) will feel premium and amazing?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's good that Google has finally figured out how to do a dark theme, after the guy who had the recipe for ice left the company 7-8 years ago.

7. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Nice, been waiting for the dark mode feature in Google Photos.

8. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I have this version, and I don't see a dark theme option. Perhaps it's a server side update?

9. AlienKiss

Posts: 154; Member since: May 21, 2019

And QuickPic is still number one when it comes to gallery apps..

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