Use a dark color scheme on your Android phone

You can change the color scheme of some screens and apps on your phone. Dark theme can make your screen easier to read and can save battery on some screens.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn your phone’s Dark theme on or off

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Turn Dark theme on or off.
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

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  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
Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.
  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.

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