Android Q will introduce a system-wide dark theme that will help users save more battery juice and use their phones for longer periods on a single charge. To ensure that they fall on the right side of the divide when the OS begins rolling out, developers have been busy implementing the dark mode feature to their apps, but not all of your favorite apps have gotten it thus far.
In this post, we have put together popular stock and third-party Android apps that have already received a dark mode that can be enabled/disabled whenever the user feels like. As you may have noticed, some OEMs are also going dark with their custom skins, among them Samsung and OnePlus.
Android 10 dark mode
The Dark mode is one of the best Android 10 features. You can simply enable the Dark mode on Android 10 under Settings > Display > Toggle on the Dark theme option.
Android 9 Pie dark mode
All devices with Android 9 Pie as the base OS have a built-in dark mode, but enabling it may vary from one manufacturer to the next. Generally, this path should get you there: Settings > Display > Advanced > Device Theme > Dark.
You should see the changes in your Quick Settings, volume slider, Google Discover Feed, and other parts of the system UI and select Google apps.
Samsung One UI Night mode
If you are a Samsung user, you might as well save yourself some time and enable the system-wide dark mode that comes as part of One UI. This can be done through the Quick Settings menu or Settings > Display > Night mode, however, only the system settings, quick settings, notification menu, and system apps will go dark.
OnePlus OxygenOS Dark theme
Those on OxygenOS can also enable dark mode via the Settings > Display > Themes > Dark. These changes the appearance of settings, quick settings, app drawer, and system apps like dialer, messages, and contacts, but you’ll have to enable dark mode manually on other third-party apps.
Android Apps with Dark Mode
Speaking of compatible apps, here are some of the popular ones that now have dark mode/theme:
The most popular email app on Android is finally getting the highly-anticipated dark mode. After the launch of Android 10, users around the globe slammed Google’s decision of not dressing some of its most popular apps in black. The company, instead of sitting around and making excuses, actively tried to make a change and has now started rolling out the dark mode for Gmail.
The server-side update carries software version v2019.08.18.267 and is currently available for a handful of users. Upon updating to the said software version, users will find a Theme option inside the General settings menu. After tapping on it, they can choose pick from Light, Dark, or System default. You can download the APK from APK Mirror.
Google Chrome is one hell of a popular app not just on Android, but also on iOS and desktops. As a result, it was always going to get the dark theme on all platforms.
Unfortunately, the dark theme hasn’t arrived on the Android version app, at least not officially. If interested, though, you can still enable dark mode toggle on Chrome for Android by enabling some flags, but it can be a bit finicky at times.
To do this, copy the bolded text in the brackets (chrome://flags/#enable-android-night-mode), launch Google Chrome app on your Android phone and paste the text in the address bar. From the drop-down menu, find the option to enable Android Chrome UI dark mode and toggle it on.
If interested, you can also have the webpage content to go dark by enabling Android web contents dark mode. You’ll have to relaunch Chrome in order to implement these changes. To disable dark mode in Chrome, disable the flags you enabled above.
YouTube is another popular app with millions of users across the globe. With such popularity, YouTube as always going to be among the first to get the dark theme feature.
Dark theme first arrived on YouTube via the web and iOS, and later came to Android. To enable it on our favorite OS, launch the app and open Settings by tapping on your profile photo in the top right corner. This should lead you to Settings > General > Dark theme, where you can toggle the dark mode option on.
Sitting up there as one of the best keyboard apps there is, the Google Gboard now has themes to make it even better. This feature means that you can also use Gboard in dark mode, just like other Google apps.
To enable dark mode in Gboard, go to Settings > Theme and pick a dark theme.
Google App (Discover Feed)
The Google app already got a dark mode. Like a few others, the Google app doesn’t rely on the system entirely, meaning you don’t need Android Q in order to enjoy this feature on the app.
To enable dark mode in the Google app, open the app and tap on More (bottom right corner) > Settings > General > Dark theme. From the three options, you might want to go with Always, but those with Q can stick to following the system settings.
The Google Phone app also supports a dark theme. When enabled, all parts of the Phone app will go dark, be it the contacts, call history, menus and even the dialer.
Apparently, Google Phone not only reacts to changes you make to the Google Contacts app, but also those made to the system settings.
To enable the dark theme in the Phone app, launch it and tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right corner. Open Settings > Display options > Dark theme and enable it.
The Google Contacts got an update that added the dark theme feature in the settings menu. This feature is independent of the system settings, meaning you don’t need a specific OS in order to enable it.
Speaking of, you can turn it on by launching the Contacts app, tap on the hamburger menu in the top left corner and then go to Settings > Choose theme > Dark.
Android Messages app is slowly becoming a quintessential app for many out there, especially now that Google is looking to take control over RCS. As a result, this app was among the first to gain support for dark mode, which can be enabled by tapping on the 3-dot menu in the top right corner and from the options, tap on Enable dark mode.
For some reason, Google Maps has night mode only on the navigation page alone, meaning you still got to deal with a white theme in other areas.
To enable night mode, launch Maps and tap the hamburger menu and tap on Settings > Navigation settings > Map display > Color scheme > Night.
Google Photos beginning with version 4.18 going forward has a night mode, but enabling it isn’t direct like the rest. You must first enable developer options by opening the phone Settings > About phone and tap on the build number multiple times until you see a confirmation that you are now a developer.
Thereafter, go back to the Settings > System > Developer options > Night mode > Always on.
Google Keep gained support for dark mode in May 2019. The feature doesn’t spring to life alongside the system dark theme, instead, you can toggle on/off the dark theme independently via the settings of the app.
FYI, you don’t need Android Q in order to enable dark theme in Keep.
Google Calendar also supports a dark theme, officially. As long as your device has Android Nougat and above, you can switch to a dark mode via Settings > General > Theme and toggle on the feature.
As for those using Android Q, a tweak to the system-wide dark mode will affect the settings of the Calendar app, so beware.
The Google Clock has a night mode that can be activated by tapping on the 3-dot menu > Settings > Night mode. This option is found at the bottom end of the settings page.
Another stock app that already got a dark theme is Google Drive. Unlike Keep, the feature is available only on devices installed with Android Q.
This essentially means that Drive’s dark theme is controlled by the overall changes to the system-wide dark theme, although some users claim the feature works on Android Pie too. Unfortunately, there is still no room for iOS and desktop users of Drive.
Google has also updated its Calculator app to support the dark theme. The app has a toggle for enabling and disabling the dark mode from within without relying on the system tweaks.
Simply launch the app and tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right corner. From the options, tap on Choose theme and pick Dark from the list of three options available.
Google News also hopped onto the dark ship. The feature can be enabled in the settings of the app, which means you don’t need Android Q to enable it. Since it’s a platform for content consumption, the dark mode on News can be further customized to remain always turned on or turn on automatically at night.
Google Play Games
Google has not completely forgotten about the Google Play Games app. Similar to other Google apps, this one also supports dark mode that is triggered manually using a setting.
To enable dark mode, go to the overflow menu and then tap Settings > Dark Theme and turn it on using the toggle.
Google has also updated the popular Snapseed app with a dark theme that can be enabled through the app’s settings and under Appearance, enable dark theme.
Those who use 2-factor authentication should be familiar with this one. And yes, the Google Authenticator app has a dark mode that can be enabled via the toggle in the overflow menu.
Nova Launcher is a popular launcher it was never going to lag behind. The app got the feature via an update and even better, it offers several dark modes. There’s more about the Nova Launcher dark mode here, including how to enable it.
To enable dark mode on AccuWeather, tap the 3-dot menu to open Settings > Theme > Dark. You can also choose automatic mode such that dark mode turns on and off depending on the time of the day.
Besides Gboard, another popular keyboard is Swiftkey and guess what, it also supports dark mode. It can be enabled by opening the app’s Settings > Themes and select a dark theme to download.
To enable dark mode, launch the Facebook Messenger app and tap on your chat head icon in the top-left corner. You should see an option to toggle on dark mode on the new page.
Tweeps can enable dark mode too by opening the Settings and privacy page > Display and sound > Dark mode and enable it.
Users of privacy-centric messaging app Telegram can also enable dark mode through the Settings > Chat settings > Change chat background > Color theme > Dark. There’s also the option to set auto-night mode when you scroll further down the settings.
For the Pocket users in the house, there’s a dark mode for you too. It can be enabled by tapping on your profile and then the 3-dot menu in the top right corner to reveal the Settings. In there, tap on Change Theme and pick the dark mode.
You can enable dark mode in popular podcast app PocketCasts too. This can be done by tapping the profile tap and then head to Settings > Appearance > Theme > Dark/Extra Dark.
Your favorite tool for collaboration also has a dark mode that can be enabled by opening any Chat settings > Theme > Dark.
Popular SMS replacement app for Android, Textra, goes a step further by offering a customizable dark mode. To enable it, open the app and hit the options button in the top right corner to enter the settings menu. In there, tap on Customize look and switch to a dark mode. You may also switch to Night or Pitch Black modes, as you wish.
Skype entered the dark mode party a little late, but better late than never. To enable it, launch the app and tap your profile photo, settings, and go to Appearance. In there, you can pick the dark mode you crave for and even make some tweaks to the chat bubble color.
Samsung Internet Browser
The millions of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets sold globally come preinstalled with Samsung Internet Browser, which makes the web browser a close competitor to Chrome. And to close up the gap, Samsung took the early initiative of adding dark mode to the browser ahead of Google.
To enable it, tap the hamburger menu in the bottom right corner and then Dark mode. This not only changes the UI but also the web content.
VLC Media Player
If you have VLC Media Player installed, the app has a dark mode too. To enable it, open the settings by tapping the hamburger menu in the top left corner. Under extra settings, tap on Interface > DayNight mode > Black theme.
Unfortunately, WhatsApp has yet to receive support for dark mode. We know the feature is in the works, but it’s still not clear when Facebook plans to roll it out. The fact that Facebook Messenger already got the dark mode feature is testament enough that WhatsApp will also get it.
Simple Gallery Pro
This is easily one of the best Gallery apps that you must try. And it does support Dark Mode too. Not only that, the latest update also lets you set the color of your choice to the navigation bar so that you can set it to a dark color to go with your dark theme.
So, that’s all from us.
Let us know if you know a very good app that features dark mode and should be featured here.