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How to enable system-wide dark mode||Android Q||

Google has finally delivered the Android Q beta update – a major upgrade over Android Pie. Following update addresses many security concerns and provides more improvements in the Privacy settings. You can find more details on the future updates and eligible devices here

The most important thing about this update is the System-Wide Dark Mode which when enabled not only changes the theme of the device to pitch black but also updates the aesthetics of certain Google Apps like

  • Google Phone
  • Google Photos (Currently in Testing)
  • System Settings
  • Google News
  • Android Messages
  • Youtube

For now, it seems, Android Messages and Youtube doesn’t seem to change to Dark Mode with this feature turned on.

Google doesn’t provide any direct option to enable this dark mode directly, so how to enable it ??


You can do so by turning on the “Battery Saver” mode. This dark mode is not a grey edition dark mode, following is a complete “pitch black” dark mode with the even notification center turned to pitch black as well.

We have attached some of the photos of dark mode above. You can see how do the pitch black mode fits with new UI and new icons on the Android Q.


While the previous method is quick and easy to use, it will force you to use a battery saving mode on your phone for the dark mode, and if you’re looking to use the dark mode all the time, you might not want to always keep the phone in battery saving mode. Fortunately, the good folks over at XDA figured out an ADB command to enable dark mode in Android Q:

  • First, make sure you have ADB set up on your system.
  • Connect your Pixel device running the Android Q beta build to your PC or Mac, and launch a terminal (or command prompt) window in the same directory where your ADB files are located.
  • To enable dark mode, use the following command:adb shell settings put secure ui_night_mode 2
  • Reboot your device, and the system-wide dark mode will be enabled on it.
  • To disable dark mode, use the following command:adb shell settings put secure ui_night_mode


Use Dark Mode in Android Q

As of now, the toggle to enable or disable dark mode is not available in Android Q. However, seeing as the dark mode is basically only hidden behind an ADB command, and is actually even available via the battery saving mode, there’s a high chance that Google will bring the toggle back in Android Q in a future update (maybe Android Q beta 2? Let’s hope). Until then, you can use these methods to check out the dark mode. Also, if you know of any other methods to turn on the dark mode in Android Q, let us know in the comments down below.

Let us know in the comments down below how do you like the new system wide dark mode in the Android Q.

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