This core Google app finally gets Dark theme on more phones running Android 10

This core Google app finally gets Dark theme on more phones running Android 10
Stop us if you've heard this one before; the Google Play Store Dark theme update is rolling out right now. Actually, the feature is being made available to more models running Android 10. You might recall that last month we told you that Dark theme was being made available to the Google Play Store on certain handsets. Google's Android app storefront and Gmail are two of the apps that Android users have been anxiously waiting to apply Dark theme on. The inverted white text on a black background has yet to show up in Gmail on our Pixel 2 XL running Android 10, but we can tell you for sure that it has arrived for the Play Store.

The Google Play Store will follow the system-wide setting you have chosen for Android 10 on your phone. So if you have Dark theme toggled on, the Play Store will follow suit. On Android 10, go to Settings > Display > Dark theme. Besides protecting your eyes from the retina melting white background, Dark theme's black background also won't disturb others at night or in a dark room. And on phones sporting an AMOLED screen, using Dark theme might save you a little battery life. That's because unlike LCD displays that are always backlit, AMOLED screens create the color black by turning off pixels in the appropriate spots; a turned off pixel does not draw power from the phone's battery.

If Google does plan on offering a Dark theme for the Play Store to those using Android 9 and older, it will have to add a separate toggle switch to the app's settings. That's because only Android 10 offers the system-wide Dark theme. Android users aren't the only ones with a system-wide Dark theme this year. Apple brought native Dark theme to iOS 13 and iPadOS.


Google is apparently pushing out the Dark theme update to the Play Store and Gmail through a server-side update. This means that as long as you have the latest version of each app installed on your phone, all you can do is sit back and wait. It also might help to have a phone running Android 10.

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9 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Android 9 and still no dark theme on Gmail. Come on Google!!!

2. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

Ikr..

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

I really don't understand how Google are doing this. My Nex S is on Android 9 but has system wide dark theme already. I have dark mode in Photos, Voice and Chrome but not Gmail or the Playstore. Coincidentally I also have dark mode in WhatsApp which is great since I use that app the most.

3. AlienKiss

Posts: 198; Member since: May 21, 2019

It simply baffles me that it takes Google (one of the biggest software companies in the world) YEARS to make a dark theme for an app. I'm no expert developer, but to switch a color in java you just need to change the color code from #ffffff to #000000 and then make all the text white. That's it! I guess none of the Googly testers ever used the phones at night or in a dark environment..

4. XyAzario

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

lmao dude, really? It goes way more than that. Remember that they also have to account for UX and also things that would break if they just go the way of "common sense". So no, its not that easy.

6. AlienKiss

Posts: 198; Member since: May 21, 2019

I realize there's GUI work involved, but they should stop using images and other objects that are not resizable altogether and focus only on wrappable content. For example I always switch the DPI on my phones and if I go beyond 622 on my S8+ per example, the status bar gets shrunk.. Big letdown. This means the statusbar is not wrappable? I also made a few themes for Sony phones and I hit a lot of bumps because color codes between various toggles and background colors would conflict, making text invisible in some areas, while in others worked just fine. That's how I found out about .9.png images. Ever since I first held an android phone in my hand I wanted black themes in every app. How come they never thought about that until now? Nobody from Google ever uses the phone at night?

8. XyAzario

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

Yeah you right, I think they tried to get a clean UI with super whiteness only to realise they've been pushing the envelope too much. Back then when everything was terminal based, screens where dark mode out of the box. (dark mode wasn't even a thing back then)

5. S4NDY

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

I have that on my Mate 30 pro

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I don't have dark mode on Gmail yet, but play store looks great with the dark theme.

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