Android 10 brings dark mode to Android smartphones. This is a feature users have been clamoring for, and I’m glad it’s finally here. But the sad part is that most Android phones on the market today won’t be getting the Android 10 update anytime soon. And if your phone isn’t on the update list, you’re out of luck. That’s why we always try to find alternative methods to bring new Android features to old Android devices. In the case of dark mode, we found an app that can bring the dark theme to older Android Oreo and Nougat devices. Therefore, apps that have already adopted the dark mode may have to apply a dark theme on older devices as well. That said, let’s figure out how to enable dark mode on Android Oreo and Nougat.
Note: The app has been updated to support older devices with Android Jelly Bean (4.3), Android KitKat and Android Lollipop. However, we haven’t tested it on these versions of Android, so we can’t comment on its performance. However, you can download and install the app and see if it works.
Dark Mode on Android Oreo and Nougat
Dark mode on older devices Android skin works better if it is closer to stock Android. We ran our test on Mi A1 running Oreo and it worked flawlessly. However, many users reported that it works quite well on MIUI running Android 7, ColorOS and other Android skins. So, just follow the steps and see if it works for you.
1. Download Dark Mode (Free, offers in-app purchases) from Play Store and install it on your device. The application was developed by Julian Eggers.
2. Then open it and just select “Night Mode”. This much. You should now have a dark theme in most apps, including Google Photos, Instagram, Play Store, and more. Unfortunately, the dark mode in Gmail is currently not working, but you will also get it on older devices as apps will continue to bring the dark mode natively.
3. According to the situation, auto dark theme time-based, you can select the “Auto” mode. It will keep the daylight mode and switch to night mode after sunset.
4. If the application Doesn’t work on Android Pie then connect your device to PC and execute the below command in ADB and hit enter. After that, restart your smartphone and enable dark mode via the app. If you don’t know how to install ADB, follow our guide here.
adb shell settings put secure ui_night_mode 2
SEE ALSO: How to Enable Dark Mode Anywhere (A Complete Guide)
Go to the Dark Side on Old Phones, Too
This was our short article on how to get dark mode on older devices including Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) and Nougat (7.0). Dark mode has become an industry-leading trend, so why should older devices stay away from the new transition? So go ahead and try it on your old device and see if it works. If so, comment below and let us know the device and OS version.