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Here's how to change your Android system accent color

Stock colors are OK, but you can make your home screen much more exciting!
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June 1, 2021
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The release of Android 10 in 2019 included, among other things, a system-wide dark mode theme for the first time in the operating system’s history. However, that’s not all. You could also change the Android system accent color for the first time as well. This feature is still available and ready to use, even with newer Android 11 devices.

While it does require going into the more advanced Developer Options, you can change the accent colors of your Android icons to several choices. Here’s how to change the Android system accent color on your smartphone.

Read more: Best Android 10 features | Best Android 11 features


What Android system accent colors are available?

You will have eight colors to choose from when you enable this option. They are:

  • Blue (the default choice)
  • Purple
  • Dark brown
  • Cinnamon
  • Turquoise
  • Black
  • Green
  • Ocean (a different shade of blue)
  • Space
  • Orchid
  • Gray
  • Hot pink
  • Dark purple

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How to alter the colors

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It takes a bit more effort than normal, but here’s how to go into the OS to change the Android 10 system accent color:

  1. First, tap on the Settings icon on your phone.
  2. Then, scroll down and tap on the About phone selection.
  3. After that, you have to tap on the build number seven times. That should display a message stating you are now officially a “Developer.”
  4. Go back to the main Settings menu once again.
  5. Then, tap on the System selection.
  6. Then, tap on the Advanced option on the menu.
  7. After that, tap on the Developer options selection
  8. Then, scroll down and tap on the Accent color part of the menu.
  9. You should see a selection of several styles, using different colors, to pick from. Tap on the one you want to enable to change the accent color. Alternatively, you can make a custom one and pick from any of the colors listed above.

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That’s all there is to it. It’s more than likely that many people could shift between colors on their phone for the lifetime of their device. In the future, we could see even more color choices available, if rumors about Android 12 are any indication.