How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for All Major Google Apps

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There's a reason countless apps have released a dark mode option over the past couple of years — it's not only super trendy, but it actually saves battery life.

Many Google apps now offer this option, and you'll probably want to enable it and go as dark as possible on your favorite smartphone/tablet. Well, here's how to enable/disable dark mode on some of the most important Google apps.


How to Enable Dark Mode – Android Settings

If you're using an Android device on Android 10 or later, you can quickly switch all apps to dark mode with just a few simple steps. We'll see how to set each one individually below, but for now we'll show you how to do it all at once in your device settings.


Here's how:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Parameters dent.
  2. Then press Displays and Signage.
  3. Now press Dark mode.

While this won't change all of your apps (like Facebook, Instagram, etc.), it will change all of your Google apps to dark mode.

If for some reason this method wasn't working for you, or you don't want all your apps in dark mode, keep reading.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Play Store

Let's face it, we can talk about Google Maps, Google Translate, even Google Search, but Google Play Store is still the most important app on your device. How come? Well, you use it to download all the other apps you need.



Whether you occasionally download new apps or are a daily visitor to Google Play, you will surely want to play around with the dark mode of your favorite Android device.

  1. Start by opening the Google Play Store app, then tap the profile icon in the top right corner.
  2. In the menu, find Parameters and press it.
  3. In the Parameters menu, find the Theme option, tap on it and you will have the choice between Light and Dark.
  4. There is a third option that will adjust the time based on your device's global dark mode settings. Select your preferred option – everything is simple.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Keep

Google Keep is one of the most advanced note-taking services out there. It's been there for a while, but lately there's been a spike in inefficiency. This is evident by the number of people using it now.

If you're like many others who frequently use Google Keep to review your notes, a particular theme might not be the perfect fit. You might not like the regular theme brightness. Or maybe you don't like the dark theme at all.

  1. Open the Google Keep app, then go to the hamburger menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. In the menu that opens, go to Parameters option.
  3. In the Parameters screen, press Theme. You will find the Activate the dark theme option.
  4. Otherwise, press the Disable dark theme option, and dark mode will be disabled.

How to turn dark mode on or off for Google Assistant

If you're still not using Google Assistant, you're missing out — it can answer a ton of questions and do a lot on your command. Whatever your needs, Google Assistant has you covered.



Unfortunately, you can't tell Google Assistant to turn its dark mode on or off. If you want to choose between dark and normal mode, you'll have to do it manually.

  1. Run the Google Assistant app from your device.
  2. Navigate to the lower right corner of the screen. You will see a Suite option, with three dots, tap it.
  3. On the next screen, select Parameters then click General. This will list many useful parameters, among which you will find the Theme option.
  4. Now press Theme and select if you want the theme to be Light, Dark, or go through the System failure.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Discover

Remember the Google Feed? You know, the app that showed you all the news and topics about things you might be interested in? Well, it's not called Google Feed anymore. It's Google Discover now.

The name change isn't the only thing the app has undergone. It now presents a variety of informative options regarding yourself and your interests. Oh, and you can choose if you want to use dark mode.

  1. Run the Google Discover app and navigate to Suite.
  2. From the list, select Parameters then go to General.
  3. On this list, you will find the Dark Theme option. To select toujours if you want Google Discover search pages and bottom tab to darken. Keep in mind, however, that the Discover feed will always remain light – there's no way to change it to dark.
  4. To disable dark mode here, follow the same steps.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Maps

Google Maps has become the most popular navigation app in the world. Whenever someone needs card-related information, that's their choice. Recently, Google Maps introduced a dark mode feature.



To enable dark mode on Google Maps, follow these steps:

  1. Start by tapping your profile icon in the top right corner.
  2. Then press Parameters.
  3. Now press Theme.
  4. Then press Still in the dark theme and press save to apply the change.

Keep in mind that the menu theme will not change. But once you return to the Google Maps homepage, you will see that the map is now dark.

How to Enable Dark Mode for Google Search

Finally, the most Google app on the list – Google Search. You would think that this app would be the first to get a trendy feature, such as dark mode. However, you would be wrong because they introduced it only a few months ago.

  1. Start by running the Google Search app on your device and then accessing the app Suite button.
  2. Then click Parameters.
  3. In the Parameters screen, go to Topics: .
  4. A screen will allow you to choose between the Dark, Light, and System failure The settings. It's pretty clear what you need to do here.

No dark mode option available

Some Google apps have not yet introduced the Dark Mode option. Whatever the reason, they're lagging behind, as you can rest assured dark mode will be introduced to most, if not all, Google-based apps.

The apps in the above list have dark mode option. Follow the steps and you can quickly turn it on or off. However, the app on your device may not include the dark mode feature at all.

The main reason would be that your app is not up to date. Typically, your device will update apps automatically. Sometimes, however, automatic updates can lag, so you'll have to do them manually.

To do this, go to your App Store and search for the app in question. From there, update it manually, if possible. This should ensure that the Google app is up to date and has a dark mode option.

Additional FAQ

1. How to enable dark mode for all apps?

No matter what device you're using, there's an option to enable the global dark mode feature. The global dark mode feature will try to detect all apps on the device that support dark mode and automatically enable it. Keep in mind, however, that it might not detect dark mode with every app that offers the option.

  1. You will find this option in Devices Parameters menu, on Android, navigate to Display and brightness.
  2. Now switch the Dark mode switch to Au.
  1. On iOS devices, go to Display and brightness and select the option you prefer. You can choose between Light, Dark, and Automatic.

2. Is dark mode better for the eyes?

In addition to ensuring longer battery life for your device and lower power consumption, Dark Mode is known to reduce eye strain in conditions with low amounts of light.

However, dark mode is no excuse to stare at your phone screen for hours a day. Any form of excessive screen use can still cause long-term eyesight damage – always keep this in mind.

3. Why should you use dark mode?

First, dark mode causes less eye strain. Then there is the factor of battery life. Simply put, bright white backgrounds have higher light output (as you've probably noticed). Naturally, this involves more battery consumption.

Dark mode is also better in terms of productivity. Plus, it looks quite sleek and cool.

4. Does Google Chrome have a dark mode?

On Android devices, dark mode in Google Chrome is still an experimental feature, enabled from the browser's address bar, by entering chrome://flags. iOS devices have yet to see an option for dark mode in Google Chrome.

Conclusion

Here! This is how you enable dark mode on the main Google apps. While the dark mode option hasn't been introduced to all Google apps, you can rest assured that we're slowly getting there. Keep in mind that unfolding this option seems like a much bigger challenge than it looks.

Have you managed to enable dark mode in any of these apps? Did you have to manually update them to do so? Hit the comments section below and join the discussion. Also, don't shy away from asking any questions you may have on the subject.

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