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Using Dark Mode on Older Androids

Finally a dark theme was added to Android, something the public had been asking for a long time. Unfortunately, it is only available in the latest version of the operating system, Android 10. It is even possible to use dark mode on older Androids, but not natively, as the vast majority of smartphones will not be kept up to date.

Exposure to night lights, more precisely the blue shortwave lights, affects various brain functions, impairs sleep quality and suppresses melatonin production, which occurs exclusively at night and serves to help you sleep better.

Studies repeatedly prove that the use of electronic devices can be detrimental to health when it comes to constant contact with the screen of the devices. Other benefits of this theme are improved visibility for people with vision problems and reduced battery usage if your device has an OLED screen.

With all this in mind, we created this article in which we will explain how to enable dark mode on your Android smartphone, no matter which version you are using. If you want to go deeper into the topic, we also have tips on how to enable this mode in various apps, including Youtube.

1. How to use in older versions

To enable dark mode on older Androids, it is necessary to use a very good application, the Dark Mode, which is available on the Google Play store. It works best if your android is not much modified by the manufacturer and does not work on all smartphones, as certain companies have blocked this functionality.

First, download it from the link and let it install on your device; then open the app and selectNight Mode. From now on, most of your apps should be like this active theme, including the Play Store, Instagram, Google Photos, and more. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on Facebook or Gmail.

Dark mode

If you don't want it active all the time, but only during certain times, you can enable "Self" instead ofNight Mode.

2. How to enable theme on Android 10

quite simple; first go to“Settings” the device, then Screen and then Themes to activate. Once enabled, go to the quick settings panel to switch themes at any time.

The process can change from device to device, so if you can't follow the steps above, use the search function and look for Dark theme in the settings application.

3. What to do if the “Dark Mode” app doesn't work

There are several apps that have similar functions to this app and let you use dark mode on older Androids or at least greatly decrease the blue light in your eyes.We also have a list of apps to prevent eye strain.

The first option is Twilightis a free ad app that offers dark screen function as well as blue light filter. As soon as it installs it already applies a red filter to the screen. When you open the app you will see several red cards showing the utilities of the app.

Twilight use night mode on old androids

Swipe all the way to the settings screen, where you can edit your preferences for screen color intensity, opacity, and temperature, and set the night mode to look best.

Below is the option Sun filter, where you can choose when the phone automatically enters the dark mode you have edited. To pause mode, just scroll the quick settings bar and click pause. If interested, download through the link.

The second dark mode option on older Androids is Nova Launcher, A launcher app – smartphone home screen – is very popular and free, which runs fast and also has the option of your theme being automatically activated according to the time of day.

Once you open the app after downloading it from the playstore, select the option“Start from scratch”. Then ask for permission to access your location so that you can automatically activate the night theme. It has 3 options,"Sure", "Dark" and "Self". After that you can configure how you want your home screen to look.

New Launcher use night mode on old androids

Our third alternative is Darkeris another similar app for eye protection of handset screen. It allows customization of screen light and offers predefined color filters.

It also has a function of switching screen profiles automatically. The free app, but also has a paid version, which features extra features, including customizable colors, greater brightness control, among others. To download, follow the link.

Bonus: apps with dark mode

O Gmailare performing upgrades on several smartphones, including dark mode. However, she is slowly going to the users, so it will still take time for everyone to have. To activate, just go to“Settings”,“Themes” and activate.

Both the Google Calendarhow muchGoogle Keep It has native dark modes, which you can easily activate. In the first, go to“Settings”,"General",“Themes” and activate it. In the second, just go in“Settings” and select the“Dark Mode”.

OFacebook Messenger another that offers a very well implemented night theme after a long period of testing. To activate, just go to “Settings” by clicking on your image and clicking on the option.

So what did you think about our tips on how to use dark mode on older Androids?

What version of Android do you use? Will your smartphone receive an update to the latest operating system update? If not, we hope this guide has helped you enjoy the best that Android has to offer.