Android Pie: how to activate dark mode

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Dark mode is finally available in Android Pie, and users can already activate it manually, or leave it in automatic mode – it will then activate as soon as the wallpaper is dark. In this quick tutorial, we show you how to access the menu to activate the dark theme.

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Android users have had to wait a long time for a dark mode, but Android Pie is finally here. This feature, far from being a simple "smart invert mode" like on iPhones, is a complete redesign of some parts of the interface to make the user experience smoother, especially when using your smartphone in harsh conditions. low light. On smartphones with an OLED screen, dark mode is also a way to save your battery a little. Google had already briefly enabled a dark mode in Android Oreo by mistake – which activated automatically based on the wallpaper.



How to Enable Dark Mode in Android Pie

To enable dark mode on an Android Pie smartphone:

  • Go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Device Theme
  • Choose Automatic if you want this mode to activate when the wallpaper is dark or Dark to activate the mode immediately
  • To deactivate dark mode, simply return to the same menu and check the box Clear

Of course, these instructions are the generic instructions. Depending on your manufacturer's Android Pie overlay, the path may be slightly different than on a Pixel smartphone. It may also be that the result is not exactly the same as the dark mode of a Samsung smartphone under Samsung Experience 10 for example.



Besides, this theme essentially changes the way some parts of the system are displayed: essentially the app drawer et Quick settings. Enabling this dark mode at the system level does not change the theme of all applications, which individually can also have their dark mode such as Google Maps.


Have you enabled dark mode on your Android Pie compatible smartphone? What do you think ? Share your opinion in the comments.




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