Dark mode returns, adds several new changes [Diving into Android N]

by: Andrew GrushMarch 9, 2016
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Android N Dark Mode-AA

In last year’s “Diving into Android M” series we brought news of a dark mode, a welcome change for those that weren’t into the bright white default for the settings UI. Unfortunately, the feature was axed before Android 6.0 Marshmallow officially arrived on the scene. Interestingly enough though, it has made a return with Android N.

This night mode doesn’t just return in the same old form from last year, but is instead enhanced a fair amount and has moved from its home in the developer settings to the system UI tuner first introduced with Marshmallow. Just like in Android 6.0, enabling the System UI tuner is done by long-pressing the settings shortcut found in quick settings.  The new night mode is found under “Color and Appearance> Night Mode”, and there’s an easy toggle to turn it on and off. Just like before, there’s also the option of an automatic mode that will turn your UI from bright white to dark, depending on the time of day.

night-mode

Keep in mind that “Night Mode” isn’t just necessarily a black, dark theme now. While that’s one option, you can choose to keep the white, only with a red filter that tints the display so it isn’t so hard on the eyes. There’s also a night mode option that automatically lowers brightness. Finally, you can use a combination of these three things when Night Mode is turned on.

it’s obviously too early to tell if night mode will actually make its way into the final release of Android N, but considering Google not only brought it back but expanded its feature set, we’d say it is pretty likely that night mode will become an official feature of the next Android release. The big question is whether or not all the existing options (brightness, filter, black) will be there, or just some of them.

What do you think of the new night mode? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

  • Leszek A. Szczepanowski

    Finally!! Such a simple thing for what we’ve been waiting too long!!!

    • nezlobnyj

      when CM had it – nobody cared.
      now iOS 9.3 beta has it – BAM! Here is you Night Mode in stock!

      that really does suck if you think about it.

      • Leszek A. Szczepanowski

        You probably don’t understand. I mean STOCK, ‘by default’ abilities. And CM had it since years and I’m of course using it on daily basis! But – the thing is to incorporate some useful feature by demand, and not considering it for life… Anyway, if they would add it, me and millions of users will be simply HAPPY! :)

        • nezlobnyj

          That’s exactly how I understood your comment. I just don’t believe in coincidence. IPhone is a player too big to ignore, as opposite to CM. Otherwise, they’ve incorporated this feature in stock looking ago, as it’s freaking useful.

          To all the rest – learn to read the whole comment, not just ‘iOS? Heretic!’. I use S6 for God’s sake))

          • Leszek A. Szczepanowski

            It is sad that useful features aren’t just a features, but political and competition weapons between companies… But even then, why Google didn’t develop it first? Then, according to your theory, Apple should follow ;-)

      • josuearisty

        It was avaliable in android beta, but maybe was not that ready! Not because ios, ignorant.

      • ѦՊԻ

        CM rocks ??

      • Say What??

        Really? This was one of the main reasons I always used CM. I hate the white backgrounds, always have, always will.

        • 手機聖人

          Yep, white BG sucks.

      • Filly Jnr

        You do realise 4.4 kitkat had dark theme its just lollipop and marshmallow that removed and then kept not having them

      • And that how it’s always been, Google wants Android to have the best features + all Apple best ideas, even there’s a hint of 3D touch in upcoming Nexus and other flagships.

  • Jesper Tranekær Rydder

    Yes! Love it! And I don’t care about brightness regulation or filters, I just want my dark theme ALL THE TIME! A feature that’s been missed for waaaay too long!

    • Leszek A. Szczepanowski

      That’s what I’ve been shouting all the time!! Simply I don’t understand those engineers from Google, smart enough to rule the smartphone world, but not to create just a SIMPLE bunch of code changes, like this.

  • Jure

    do not forget, it was included in Marshmallow Preview, then taken out for some unknown reason

    • Andrew Grush

      Very true. Though they’ve expanded it greatly here, suggesting it is something they’ve been planning, but weren’t ready to go forward with M.

  • Hel Thanatos

    Android 6.3 confirmed…
    Android 7 has 2 years yet

  • This is great. I hope it makes it to the final version.

    • Exare

      Me too, I always liked a darker UI. It’s so much easier to look at.

      • 手機聖人

        Agree, light UI sucks to the very core.

  • Vincentius Phang

    not enough innovation, more battery life please is more important than this.

  • KyleVPirate

    While I love A Night/Dark Mode. I don’t want a lame Grey overlay. I want a full on Pure Dark Black greatness. Once you go Black you’ll never go back…. to a non Dark Mode. Give us pure blackness Google!

  • X

    That is why I hate LCD displays. At night and in the mornings I use my Samsung A5 and not my Ipad because if I want the screen dark and use a dark theme, its is actually dark!

  • Freak_ Aniket_

    I want deep blacks not holo blue..!!

  • dark mode, wonderful news, finally!
    i know it was available on CM, and i used it continuously, now it’ll (hopefully) stay in standard!

  • acca

    …we waiting also in L, M release!!!

  • 手機聖人

    Night modes rocks. It will be even better if it has a black mode, which has black instead of just dark gray backgrounds. And maybe lets us change the font colors as well. I like yellow and pink fonts on black BGs, some might offer blue, or green.