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How to Force (Almost) All Apps to Use Dark Mode on Android

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Dark mode has become a standard feature on Android, which applies darker themes in the system and applications once activated. However, not all apps downloaded from the Play Store support the feature. Thankfully, there's a hidden feature that could force dark mode in these apps. We'll show you how to enable it.

Why use dark mode?

The use of dark mode or night mode essentially turns an app or website to use a black background with white or gray text. This is particularly useful in devices with OLED display since pixels that use black color are switched off individually, resulting in less eyestrain as the amount of light is reduced and even longer battery life as well.

How to enable and force dark mode in all apps

While Android smartphones and tablets have a default system setting for enabling dark mode, it is still dependent on the app developer options. Hence, the first thing you should do is to enable developer mode on your Android device from the settings before forcing the apps to use dark mode.

Follow the step-by-step guide below on how to access and enable developer mode:

  1. Open the Settings on your device.
  2. Navigate to About phone > Software information (or Device identifiers in other devices).
    1. Or manually type 'build number' from the search bar.
  3. Tap the Build number option 7 times.
  4. It will confirm if the developer mode is successfully turned on.
How to access Force Dark mode from the Developer Options
To access Force Dark mode, the first thing to do is to enable developer mode on your Android device. / © nextpit

After activating Developer mode, the next step then is to enable the Force Dark mode setting in other apps. To do this, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Open your device Settings.
  2. Navigate to the Developer options menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Hardware accelerated rendering section.
  4. Toggle on the Override force-dark/Force Dark mode* option.
    1. You can also search for 'force dark mode' from the settings.

*And remember, on some devices this step-by-step may change a bit. For Xiaomi devices, for example, the name of the function is “Dark theme”.

How to enable Force Dark mode in Android
Using the developer options, you can force dark mode in most apps while not all apps will adhere to the settings. / © nextpit

How to keep force dark mode in use in apps

For this feature to work, make sure you keep the developer options enabled and, of course, dark mode on your device. This way, whenever dark mode is enabled, third-party apps that do not support dark mode will be forced to use it.

Keep in mind that not all apps will adhere to the dark mode even if you enable the Force Dark mode feature. However, as tested in the Samsung Galaxy A54 (review) running on Android 14, some apps like Snapchat have individual settings for dark mode or night mode option that you can separately access.

Have you used this developer option feature before? Do you know which apps that don't support dark mode? Let us know your answers in the comments.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over a decade of experience in tech product reviews, I’ve recently embraced the world of wearables and developed a passion for digital health innovations. While I am now deeply immersed in the Apple ecosystem, my enthusiasm for Android still burns strong. Formerly editor-in-chief at AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now share my insights with the US audience at nextpit. Beyond tech, I cherish my vinyl collection and believe exploring local cuisine is the best way to discover new places. Join me as I explore the fusion of technology and culture in our everyday lives.

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    storm Apr 12, 2022 Link to comment

    Get real here now. Dark mode only matters for phones that are OLED and no others. You might find it aesthetically pleasing but there's no device level benefits without an OLED screen or similar technology.

    It strikes me as an important context for why dark mode even exists that is totally unmentioned here. Because I'm mostly a mid-range device purchaser I haven't had an OLED screen in years. And battery life and size have greatly improved even without OLED tech.

    Jade BryanCamila RinaldiRubens Eishima


    • Rubens Eishima 30
      Rubens Eishima
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      Apr 12, 2022 Link to comment

      True.

      And all signs indicate a flood of OLED-equipped devices in the following years, with over 10 plants in construction, mostly from Chinese companies trying to dethrone Samsung and LG, whether we like it or not...


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        storm Apr 12, 2022 Link to comment

        That will be nice that OLED penetrates to more daily use by more common people. I hope the panel quality remains high.


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      JOSHUSA Sep 7, 2022 Link to comment

      The only real point of dark mode for most people is eye strain

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