Change to dark or color mode on your Android device

You can change the color scheme of some screens and apps on your Android device and phone.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 13 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Some of these steps require you to touch the screen.

Turn Dark theme on or off

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Turn Dark theme on or off.
Tip: Dark theme can make your screen easier to read and can save battery on some screens.
Stop Dark theme from automatic turn on
If you see a dark color scheme but didn’t turn on Dark theme, it could be that battery saver is on. When battery saver is on, Dark theme may turn on automatically. On some phones, battery saver turns on automatically when the phone’s battery charge falls below a certain percentage, like 15%.

Turn off battery saver

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Battery Saver and then Turn off now.

Tip: You can't use battery saver in light theme. If you want to use light theme, you need to turn off battery saver.

Stop battery saver from automatic turn on
  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Battery Saver and then Set a schedule.
  3. Choose No schedule.

Fix issues with apps that show in Dark theme

Dark theme isn't available for all apps.

Important: When you turn on Dark theme for your device, or when battery saver is on, many apps will also use Dark theme. 

To check an app’s theme settings:

  • If Dark theme is on but an app is light, the app probably doesn’t offer Dark theme.
  • If light theme is on but an app is dark, it could be:
    • Dark theme is on for the app, but not for the whole device. To check, open the app’s settings and find “Theme” or “Display” options. Specifics vary by app.
    • The app uses a dark color scheme, and it can’t be changed.

Change the color scheme

When you change the color scheme, you can choose the wallpaper style and change the color of your tabs to a color scheme you like.
  1. On your phone, go to the Settings app.
  2. Tap Wallpaper & style.
    • To change the color palette of your wallpaper, tap Wallpaper colors and select the color palette you like.
    • To change the color of your tabs to a specific color, tap Basic colors and select the color you like.

Related resources

Learn how to use Dark theme in these apps:

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