Learn to Switch Android 9.0 Pie’s Manual Dark Theme on Google Pixel

Android users have been asking Google to add a dark theme, or mode, to the mobile platform for years. With Android Oreo, Google added a dark mode that activated based on the wallpaper you were using. Google then removed the feature, saying it was accidentally released. Now, dark mode is finally available for Android, and you can manually switch it.

How is that even possible? Well this has something to do with the fact that the final build of Android P is officially here, and while there are a ton of features to be excited about, there’s one particular I know for sure that you will love. I am precisely talking about this exciting manual dark mode.

This is pretty much similar to the automatic system theme that was introduced in Android 8.1 Oreo, but you no longer have to use a black or dark wallpaper to trigger it. Instead, you can manually choose a light theme, dark theme, or the existing automatic theme. This dark theme might seem ideal, but it isn’t an actual dark theme as it only alters certain aspects of Android.

To be more specific, the notification shade, quick settings tiles, app drawer, and folders will go into “dark” mode when you turn it on. Anyway, the settings pages and other elements of Android will not change. Even so, I think that this manual dark theme setting is a good start after all these years.

Well, in order for this to work, you’ll need to have a Pixel phone running Android Pie. Assuming this is no problem, manually turning on dark mode is pretty simple.

Learn to Switch Android 9.0 Pie’s Manual Dark Theme on Google Pixel:

  1. First of all, head to your phone’s main Settings;
  2. While here, tap Display;
  3. At the bottom of these is the “Device” theme — tap this option right away;
  4. Scroll down and tap Device theme;
  5. Tap Dark and you are good to go.

That’s all you had to do. Now, when you view your app drawer and the quick-settings card (swipe down from the top of the screen), they will be in dark mode. As for those of you still wanting a full dark theme, you can turn to custom ROMs and other unofficial tweaks to get it.

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