Android users could get an option for Dark theme that iOS users already enjoy

Android users could get an option for Dark theme that iOS users already enjoy
This year, Google added the often-requested system-wide Dark theme to Android 10. Enabling the feature requires the user of a compatible Android phone to head to Settings > Display and toggle on Dark theme. Doing this inverts the UI from black text on a white background to white text on a black background; the black background used on Dark theme can reduce the strain on users' eyes created by the blinding white background, especially at night or in a dark room. In addition, innocent bystanders close to a phone can also be affected by the bright light.

Using Dark theme can also save battery life on handsets that sport an AMOLED display, but only if the background is truly black as opposed to dark gray. That's because, on these screens, the color black is created by turning off all pixels in the appropriate area. And just as dead men tell no tales, turned off pixels do not draw on a phone's battery.

Google offered a Dark theme scheduling option in some beta versions of Android Q but subsequently removed it


There are some who will toggle off Dark theme in the daylight hours and then toggle the feature on when the sun goes down. Others have no use for the inverted UI and consider it to be the work of the devil while others (like Yours truly) prefer to have Dark theme on at all times. For those who go by the clock to determine when to enable Dark theme, Google might be planning to make your life easier with Android 11.

Earlier this year, an Android user made a request on the Google issue tracker requesting that a scheduling feature be added to Dark theme. Currently, this is offered on iOS and Samsung's One UI. Some of the beta versions of Android Q briefly allowed users to schedule when Dark theme could be turned on and off, but the option was subsequently removed before the final version of the build was released. However, a Googler added a response to the thread last week (via Android Police) that said, "The issue reported here...will become available in a future Android release." But Google will have to take into account an issue that even occurs now when the battery saving mode comes into play and Dark theme is enabled automatically.


Switching from Light to Dark theme forces an app to be redrawn and users can lose any text that was entered and also lose their position in the app. And while Google has been working on a way for apps to switch from Light to Dark theme without having to be redrawn, this is the reason why the scheduling option was dropped from Android 10. In addition, a member of the Android Engineering Team noted in Reddit a few months ago that offering a scheduling option based on local time "requires apps to request location permissions to be accurate, and even with a valid location the sunrise/sunset time calculations can be buggy."

As we noted, the most recent word is that the feature will be coming on a future Android release. That sounds to us like it won't arrive before Android 11 does; in other words, users will have to continue to manually toggle on and off Dark theme until the new Android build is disseminated next year. For some, this option can't come soon enough. As one Android user wrote on the issue tracker, "There are many people out there that want this done automatically via some sort of scheduling just like Night Light is done. This would make it easier on users as they wouldn't have to go into their devices each and every day, twice a day possibly, to change it from light to dark and then back to dark."

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12 Comments

1. Poptart2828

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Just about all the Chinese phones offer this already.

4. Mikele

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Don't mind this guy he wrote what he didn't have knowledge about. Only to make their mother company as if it's from another planet!

2. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 203; Member since: May 29, 2019

Who cares if Apple offered it first? Oh wait, name already checks out.

3. CTHR100

Posts: 30; Member since: May 12, 2017

Don't Samsung phones already offer this? Oh wait...

6. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

We enjoyed it way before Apple lol... It's all about the clicks for these guys

7. CTHR100

Posts: 30; Member since: May 12, 2017

That's what I'm seeing more and more.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1392; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

damn wonder WTF i've been using for years...oh yeah forgot the fruit company invented after so everyone else will copy prior to them coming out with it... what a joke

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31751; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Note 10+, and Pro Max already have it. Get on it Google.

9. XP007

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

You guys must start using Android phones from Chinese and Korean brands more often because usually Android phones from Chinese, Korean or even Japanese brands often have useful features that are not found on Pixel or even iPhone.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1129; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You guys are really expecting too much from Mr. Friedman. You should hardly take the guy seriously, really. "…but only if the background is truly black as opposed to dark gray." Really, Friedman, you hate writing from a place of knowledge this much? No, “AMOLED Black” Does NOT Save More Battery Than Dark Gray. The little power pitch black saves more than dark gray is very marginal and practically insignificant:https://www.xda-developers.com/amole​d-black-vs-gray-dark-mode/amp/

12. AlienKiss

Posts: 312; Member since: May 21, 2019

You are right, but still, I would love dark mode to be with true black instead of dark gray. On the S8+ you can tell that the color is not pure black, even though it is AMOLED. On the S9 and up you can't tell because the displays have better contrast. Meanwhile, the author seems to have just landed on this planet.. :))

11. irwan92

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

This guy really like to lick Apple's a$$.. whats has u been smoking off ? Don't take weed just to write an article till late night

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