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MIUI 10 beta brings eye-friendly dark mode to Xiaomi devices

It looks like Xiaomi will soon join Samsung and HUAWEI in offering a native dark mode on its phones.

Published onFebruary 15, 2019


A system-wide dark mode is quickly becoming one of the most requested software features on smartphones today. Xiaomi fans have had to use third-party themes for the longest time though, but it looks like the company is ready to deliver a native option.

FoneArena (h/t: XDA-Developers) spotted the availability of a native dark mode in the latest MIUI 10 beta update. The outlet says the color scheme is available in system apps, such as the phone, contacts, gallery, screen recorder, updater, and messaging apps.

Furthermore, the dark mode extends to the notification shade, volume slider, and recents menu. It seems like the option isn’t available across the board in settings, but several menus do indeed offer it (e.g. Mi account, data usage, quick ball menu).

It’s believed the mode could be pushed out to users as part of the MIUI 10 v9.2.14 global beta update this week. So you might not have to wait too long if you really must have the feature.

Aside from being easy on the eyes at night, dark mode also saves battery life on phones with OLED screens. Xiaomi’s OLED-equipped phones include the Mi 8 series and the Mi Mix 3.

News of the mode comes a month after Xiaomi reportedly confirmed that MIUI 11 is in the works. We don’t know much about the major update, aside from claims that it’ll be a “new and unique” OS with a “more refreshing feeling.”

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