Dark Mode returning to the Android Messages app with next update

Dark Mode returning to the Android Messages app with next update
Earlier this month, Google added a long awaited Dark Mode option to version 3.5 of the Android Messages app. The feature allows users to switch the app's UI from black text on a white background to white text on a black background. At night, using Dark Mode prevents users from getting blinded by the bright white background of an app; some just like the look of Dark Mode and even employ it during the day on apps with the feature. The new UI for Android Messages also included Google's Material Theme, which meant plenty of white space (when Dark Mode is disabled) and the use of Google Sans font.

But before anyone could use Dark Mode on Android Messages, Google surprisingly pulled it from the app with a server-side update. This upset several Android users who were looking forward to using the setting on the Messages app. But all's well that ends well. The next version of Android Messages, v. 3.5.052, will include both the Material Design UI and Dark Mode feature. 

If you just cannot wait for the next Android Messages update, you can use APK Mirror to sideload the APK. The latter is signed by Google, and you can install it now by clicking on the sourcelink. Or, you can wait for the update to arrive OTA on the Google Play Store.

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15 Comments

1. Cingano

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

The app looks so much better

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I think Google is really afraid of the dark tho, they really tried to avoid anything associate with "dark". Alright joke aside, I guess Google really worry that the dark mode will cause a screen burn, hopefully that they could provide a actual dark mode UI to Pixel and Android One devices soon.

3. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Screen burn in is mostly caused by white and grey pixels. Black pixels on OLED screens physically turn off saving battery and rarely any screen burn.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Really? Then Google are really afraid of the dark then.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They aren't lol In fact its on their Material Design 2 road map for September-November

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 550; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Google is afraid of Dark Mode because it destroys Material Design.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

? Dark mode is on the Material Design 2 road map for September-November

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Dark themes just look amateurish. I do like the light theme. Matches the light theme on my OnePlus 6 very nicely.

7. Rager722 unregistered

I'd rather protect my eyes then deal with aesthetics.

15. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Well, no one is perfect.

8. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I never got the now pulled update that gave me dark mode. I'd be keen to give it a look. I used YouTube in dark mode on my laptop and it looks so much better

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Got it yesterday. Was hoping they would allow for true black when they pulled it but this is better than nothing I guess

12. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I installed version v. 3.5.052 but cannot see the dark mode option.

14. andrewc31394

Posts: 295; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

its being rolled out on the server side. i did the update yesterday but didnt notice the change until today

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's cleaner looking or maybe more balanced looking to me now. Now update YouTube to dark mode soon too please. I didn't need this option but dang I appreciate it at night.

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