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Dark theme coming to Google Contacts Android app starting today

Google continues to add dark themes to its apps, with Google Contacts now bestowed with a dark mode.

Published onNovember 13, 2018

  • Google Contacts version 3.2 has a new dark mode setting.
  • The update to the app is rolling out today.
  • It appears dark mode will be locked on if you have the developer option “Set Night mode” toggled to “Always on.”

After years of ignoring them — and encouraging app developers to use a lot of white — Google appears to be going all-in with dark themes, as many of its apps are getting the dark mode treatment.

Case in point, the latest update to Google Contacts (version 3.2) has a dark mode toggle, via 9to5Google. As with other Google apps with dark themes, the background becomes a dark grey and not a true black. Still, though, this is better than nothing.

Besides turning the background from white to grey, Google Contacts looks and functions much the same as it does in its default mode:

Interestingly, if you have the developer setting “Set Night mode” on the “Always on” toggle, you won’t be able to control the dark theme of Google Contacts. Instead, the dark mode will automatically be on with no way to switch it to light mode.

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Google recently admitted that dark modes positively affect the battery life of smartphones, which is probably part of the reason why we’re seeing such an about-face from the company. However, there’s still no word on whether or not there will ever be a system-wide dark mode baked right into Android, as is the case with many custom ROMs. While it’s still unlikely, these recent app upgrades show that it at least is more plausible than ever.

Click below to download the latest Google Contacts.

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