Pixel Launcher will have a manual dark/light theme switch in the future

Pixel Launcher will have a manual dark/light theme switch in the future
If you want a full dark theme for the Android system, you're not getting it from Google and that doesn't appear to be changing. But, it does look like Google is planning to give users at least a bit more control over the dark theme in its own Pixel Launcher in a future update.

Currently, the dark theme will automatically turn on if your phone's wallpaper is dark enough and will change the folder backgrounds, app drawer background and the Quick Settings menu to dark colors. More control over the dark theme in the Pixel Launcher has been an issue requested by users, including an official request via Google's issue tracker in March. Today, Google officially confirmed that it will be adding a manual toggle to the Quick Settings menu to allow users to switch back and forth between the dark and light themes. 

As yet, it's unknown when the new settings toggle will arrive. The reply from Google in the issue tracker simply says "it will be available in a future Android build." It seems reasonable to assume that since the issue is labeled as part of the Android P developer preview, the feature will go live with the full Android P release, but because it's actually a change to the Pixel Launcher itself, Google could push that out as soon or as far into the future as it wants.



1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Why don't Google and Apple just add in a full blown dark mode in Android and iOS? It's such a heavily requested feature, yet both of them appear to just ignore everyone. Even Windows 10 has a Dark Mode (currently in the beta build) coming.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


4. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Android P doesn't support that natively anymore. Which is dumb, considering they added said support (without root) in Oreo.

2. Paranoid_Android unregistered

Just use Lawnchair launcher and have light, dark, and black modes ready. And it's based on pixel launcher.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Sweet, but also about time!

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google has been dangling this carrot since Nougat. I'll believe it when I see it. For now, it's vaporware. Apparently Google can't implement a perfectly working solution that has been functioning flawlessly in the Beta versions of Android 7/8/9.

7. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'm so sick of Google and Apple both being afraid of the dark. Can't they go to therapy and get over it finally?

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