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How to use Android Pie's Dark Mode to save battery life



Android users begging Google to add a dark theme, or fashion, to the mobile platform for years. With Android Oreo, Google added a dark mode that was activated based on the wallpaper. Google then removed the feature, saying it was accidentally released. Starting with Android Pie not only is dark mode back but now there is a manual way to switch to it on demand.

Outside of looks, why would you want to use a dark fashion on your Android device? According to Google, it saves battery life . It turns out all of that empty white space that Google (and Apple) has been using over the past few years uses more power, which in turn drains your battery. A darker interface requires less power and is less taxing on your battery.

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The process will vary based on your device, but in general, the steps you'll need to take: Open the Settings app and select Display . Next, tap Advanced and scroll down until you find Device theme . Tap it, followed by Dark . Now when you look at your app or the quick-settings card, it'll be in dark mode.

Samsung's One UI, which includes Android Pie, is rolling out to some devices right now. Enabling dark mode for One UI devices requires you to go to Settings > Display > Night Mode and sliding the switch labeled "Turn on now" to the On position .

Each device maker will have a different method of implementing in dark fashion. Samsung, for example, uses Dark Mode across all of its own apps. But third-party apps like Chrome or Gmail don't reflect the setting.


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