Android users have been pleading with Google for years to add a dark mode or theme to their mobiles. Google added a dark mode with Android Oreo that was activated depending on the wallpaper you were using but later removed the feature, claiming that it was released accidentally.
Now with Android Pie, the dark mode is back and you can now switch to it manually.
Why should you choose to use a dark mode? Not only does it look cool, but Google also claims that it saves battery life. All the empty white space that is being used by your phone requires more power, which drains your battery more than you think.
Using a darker interface not only uses less power, but it is less taxing on your battery and helps extend its life.
Android Pie’s Dark Mode
Android Pie’s dark mode is an option that changes the color theme of the operating system to black. The battery-saving effects of the dark mode are more evident on OLED displays which are used by most top smartphones. The pixels of OLED displays are turned off and use little power when displaying the color black.
It’s a known fact that brighter screens attribute for faster battery drain, but Google gave more insight into this claim by explaining the relationship between saving battery life and enabling dark mode.
Google presented some slides that show that the screen’s brightness increased a smartphone’s power usage almost linearly. Google also pointed out that a Pixel smartphone that uses AMOLED display is able to reduce power usage by up to 63% when making use of Google Maps’ night mode compared to its normal mode.
Fortunately, the dark mode is now available in more Google apps for Android like Android messages, Google News, and YouTube among others.
The Android Pie’s dark mode not only extends your smartphone’s battery life, but it is also much easier to look at compared to a very long page of black text over a white background. The dark mode ensures that your device lasts longer before it needs a recharge.
How to Enable Android Pie’s Dark Mode
This process varies based on the type of device you are using, but these general steps are the ones you will need to take;
- Open your settings app and click on “Display”
- Click Advanced and scroll down until you locate “Device theme”
- Click on it, then click on “Dark”.
When you view your app drawer straight from the quick-settings card (swipe down from the top of your screen), it will be in dark mode.
Pros & Cons of Using Android Devices
While Android is the most widespread mobile operating system in the world, with predictions of becoming the dominant OS in general, that doesn’t mean that it is superior to its counterparts in every way, especially when we consider the iOS.
Depending on your phone, your proficiency, and your needs, you may want to opt for a different operating system or learn how to make the most out of the Android version on your smartphone.
If you want to learn how to make your own apps, or to find out how most current Android apps work, you might want to take out Android Programming for Beginners that provides a nice, gentle learning curve for all that want to learn.
The Android Pie’s dark mode is a useful feature that not only saves your battery life but looks cool doing it. So, if you need to extend your battery life, are in a place without a power supply or you don’t want your battery to drain quickly, don’t forget to enable the dark mode feature.