Android 10 brings the dark mode to Android phones. It is a feature that users have been claiming and we are glad that it is finally here.
However, the sad part is that most Android phones on the market today will not receive the Android 10 update in the short term.
And if your phone is not in the list of updates, then your luck is definitely over. That’s why we always try to find alternative methods to bring new Android functions to older Android devices.
Dark mode on Android 8 Oreo and Android Nougat 7
In the case of the dark mode, we have found an application that can bring the dark theme to older Oreo and Nougat Android devices. Therefore, applications that have already adopted night mode may also be forced to apply a dark theme on older Android devices.
That said, let’s go ahead and discover how to enable this mode on Android Oreo and Nougat.
Note: The application has been updated to support older devices with Android Jelly Bean (4.3), Android KitKat and Android Lollipop. However, we have not tried it on those versions of Android, so we can not comment on its performance. That said, you can download and install the application and see if it works or not.
This night mode mode on older devices works best if the Android layer is closer to the pure android. We did our tests on Mi A1 with Oreo and it worked perfectly. However, many users have reported that it also works quite well in MIUI with Android 7, ColorOS and other cooked versions of Android.
So, we just have to follow the steps and check if it´s ok for us.
How to have dark mode in old Android versions?
1. Download the following apps from the Play Store and install it on your Android phone. The application has been developed by Julian Eggers.
2. Then, open the app and simply select “Night mode”. That’s. Now, you should have a dark theme in many applications, including Google Photos, Instagram, Play Store and more. Unfortunately, the dark mode in Gmail does not work at this time, but since the application brings the dark mode natively, you will also have it on older Android devices.
3. In case you want automatic dark theme based on a time range, you can choose the “Auto” mode. It will keep the light mode during the day and switch to night mode after sunset.
Also switch to the dark side on older Android phones
This was our brief article on how to get the dark mode on older Android devices, including Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) and Nougat (7.0).
This darkened mode has become an industry-leading trend, so why older devices should stay away from the new change?
So go ahead, try the app on your phone and let us know. If so, comment below and tell us the phone and the version of the operating system in which you could activate the dark mode.