Dark mode swaps white backgrounds with grays and blacks. Here's how to enable dark mode on all your favorite apps. We spend most of our day watching the screens. Italian adults watch the displays of their mobile devices for an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes a day in 2018, this statistic shows us that the time spent on mobile phones will exceed TV in 2019.
All that intense light that flows in your eyes is not benign. Blue light can interrupt sleep, confusing your brain about what time of day it is. Giving up mobile devices for most people is not a matter for them, so many of us opt for a dark mode, which exchanges white backgrounds with grays and blacks.
Not all apps offer an official obscure mode; some only have nocturnal themes that work only under certain conditions. Google Maps, for example, has a nighttime theme while browsing, but it doesn't work in the whole app. Meanwhile, Firefox, Gmail and the Windows 10 Mail app allow custom themes on the Web, but mobile apps are not consistent.
If you have upgraded to iOS 13 or your phone has received the update to Android 10, both mobile operating systems support dark system-wide modes. But it will only apply to supported apps, like the integrated Apple apps, most Google apps or third-party apps that support the dark theme, like Instagram.
The apps below support their own dark modes; here is how to enable.
- 1 AccuWeather
- 2 Amazon Kindle App
- 3 Castbox
- 4 Edge
- 5 Evernote
- 6 Facebook Messenger
- 7 Files by Google
- 8 Firefox (iOS only)
- 9 Gboard
- 10 Gmail (Android 10)
- 11 Google Calculator
- 12 Google Calendar
- 13 Google contacts
- 14 Google Drive
- 15 Google Keep
- 16 Google News
- 17 Messages
- 18 Outlook
- 19 Opera
- 20 Periscope
- 21 Pinterest
- 22 Shazam
- 23 Twitter
- 24 Waze
- 25 Whatsapp
- 26 YouTube
To activate dark mode in AccuWeather, tap the three-point menu and select Settings> Theme. Here, choose between light, dark and automatic, which will change depending on the time of day.
Amazon Kindle App
Amazon's Kindle app allows you to turn on the dark mode by navigating to More> Settings> Color theme. Dark touch, which will darken the main app. However, this does not change the content of your e-books. To do this, tap the Aa icon at the top of each book, tap Color and select Black from the drop-down menu.
Turn down the lights of your favorite podcasts with the dark mode on Castbox. Tap Personal> Settings, then turn on the Dark theme option.
Make the Microsoft Edge browser dark, available on the web and on your mobile device. In the Android app, tap the three-point menu () in the lower right corner and select Settings> Appearance> Theme> Dark. On iOS, just touch the three-point menu, select Settings and tap Dark under Theme.
Evernote makes it easy to deactivate the app to take notes. On Android, tap on () in the upper left corner and activate the Dark Theme switch. On iOS, tap the My Account option in the lower right corner and activate Dark Theme.
The dark mode for Facebook Messenger was initially launched as an Easter egg for Android phones, but recently it has been implemented as a permanent feature on iOS and Android. On both operating systems, simply tap the chat head icon at the top left and turn the Dark Mode option on or off.
Files by Google
The Google file management app on Android has an obscure mode that you can activate by opening the burger () in the upper left corner and tapping Settings. Activate/deactivate the dark theme switch.
Also read: How to enable dark mode on Google Chrome
Firefox (iOS only)
Enabling dark mode on iPhone and iPad is easy. Touch the browser () and activate the Enable night mode option, which will give menus and web pages a dark theme. The Android app for Firefox does not yet have a completely obscure mode but supports add-ons. Tap the menu button at the top right and select Add-ons or Tools> Add-ons, depending on the Android version, and look for an extension in dark mode.
The Google Gboard keyboard app allows you to customize the keys you type with certain themes. There are several dark themes to choose from, which you can find by tapping the gear icon on the keyboard. Select Theme and then choose the color combination you prefer. While there are some darker ones, there are only two with a real black pattern.
Gmail (Android 10)
Gmail has long been supporting web-based topics; they change menus and mailboxes while emails remain blank. With Android 10, however, you can turn on dark at the system level and Gmail will obey. Or set it manually in the app by accessing the hamburger menu () in Gmail and selecting Settings> General Settings> Theme> Dark to set the app to dark mode.
Do you need to do some accounts without straining your eyes? Open the three-point menu () on the Google Calculator app and select Choose theme. Then touch the default light mode, dark mode or choose to enable it when you need to save battery.
Click on () in the upper left corner and select Settings> General> Theme. Choose from a light or dark theme or change it based on your Battery Saver settings.
The Google Contacts app can be dimmed if you open the burger () and select the Settings. Tap Choose theme, then select the default light mode, dark mode or configure it based on the battery status of the device.
Activate the dark mode in the Android version of Google Drive by opening the hamburger () and selecting Settings. Tap Choose theme, then select the default light mode, dark mode or configure it based on the battery status of the device.
The note-taking app from Google now has its dark mode. Activate it by opening the () and selecting Settings. So just turn the switch to Enable the Dark Theme and enjoy the new color scheme.
The Google News app can be set to obscure by tapping your user profile and going to Settings. From there, select Dark theme and determine under what conditions you want the color change to take place. As the Google News interface changes, the articles you click on will remain in their default colors.
Messages simplifies the transition to dark mode. Just tap the three-point menu and select Enable dark mode from the drop-down menu.
Microsoft has finally added the dark mode to the Outlook app. On Android, touch the hamburger () and select Settings. Tap Theme and choose between Light, Dark or Set on Battery Saver. On iOS, tap the menu at the top left, select the gear icon () at the bottom left and activate the Dark mode option.
Opera has three different apps to choose from and each includes a dark mode. In the standard Opera app, tap the O icon at the bottom right and select Settings> Appearance> Theme> Dark.
The light version Opera Mini offers you even more options. Tap the O icon> Settings> Theme and choose between different color themes, including black.
Opera Touch is much simpler. Open the three-point menu at the top right of the browser, then select Settings. Enable or disable the Dark theme option.
Periscope allows you to watch live videos with a change of night theme. To enable it, tap the people icon at the top of the screen and select the profile icon in the right corner. Scroll down and touch Settings, then turn night mode on or off.
On Android 9.0+, Pinterest will by default switch to the Battery Saver theme. But for the dark mode always, go to your user profile and select the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Tap Change settings> Set to save battery> Dark. On iOS, you'll need the system-level dark mode offered by iOS 13.
On Android, Shazam will follow the default setting of the Battery Saver theme. For dark mode always, go to your Library and touch the gear icon in the upper left corner. Choose Themes> Dark Theme.
To enable obscure mode on Twitter, touch your profile icon and select Settings and Privacy. Tap Display and audio> Display and audio> Dark mode and activate it (iOS) or select if you want it to be active, deactivated or set to automatic (Android). If this dark blue theme is not dark enough for you, iPhone and iPad users also have an Unlit Lights option that totally dims the application. Android users will have to settle for now.
To obscure Waze touch the magnifying glass, then press the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Tap Map View, then choose Night to give everything a dark theme or Auto so that the colors change between night and day.
WhatsApp does not have an official dark mode like the other apps, but since it allows you to customize the background for each window, you can create your own dark theme. Open the settings window and tap the background. There will be several options to choose from, but the easiest way is to select Solid Colors, choose black from the color pallet options and touch Set to finalize.
Pay attention to your eyes while watching videos after videos on YouTube. On Android, touch the photo of your profile at the top and select Settings> General> Dark theme and activate it. On iOS, tap your profile picture at the top and select Settings> Dark theme and activate it. A dark theme is also available on the web. Click on your profile picture and select the Dark theme option.