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How to go all-black on Android

Unless you have been living under a cage, you would know that the dark UI is all the craze right now. In the next version, Android 11, you can even schedule it. Popular apps have added a dark mode to their UI given the demand, but you may want to go for the broke: painting your Android all-black, or at least as much as you can.

Thankfully, Android being Android, you can customize a hell out of it. You can set a black wallpaper, install black icon packs, black themes, and even set the dark/black UI in your favorite apps.

How to get black UI on Android

Let’s begin with the black background/wallpapers, followed by themes, icons, and apps that support dark mode.

Get a black wallpaper

While keeping the aesthetics of the wallpaper, we need to keep many things on our minds. Like the icons should be clearly visible without any obstruction, the text written on the wallpapers should not go behind the basics icons and notification bar, gadgets should be properly displayed, the wallpaper should be properly spliced apart to have a clear view on all the home screens (for 2 or more), etc.

Besides the above, here are some best apps to get black wallpapers to get you started right away:

Download: Crisper

Download: Darkify

Download: AMOLED Wallpapers

RELATED: How to change wallpaper automatically on Android

Install a black theme

Installing a black theme can get you the desired look and UI design in an instant. This can be done in two ways:

1. Use OEM’s Themes app

OEMs like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and some more give you the themes app with your phone. You can use the theme app to find a suitable black theme and download and apply that to get an instant transformation of the UI.

Samsung provides you themes, wallpapers and icon packs (even for AOD) via Galaxy Themes app (and Galaxy Store app) , and here are some screenshots from the app:

Similarly, you can find themes from the OEM’s store itself on Huawei, Xiaomi, and a few others. FYI, some OEMs do not have the OEMs like OnePlus, Motorola, Nokia, Google, etc. do not have the Themes app.

2. Use a 3rd party launcher app

Whether your OEM provides themes via its own Store app or not, you can always go to Play Store for some great 3rd party launcher apps that also feature themes feature, that you can install any of the readymade black themes on offer. Here are some 3rd party launcher apps that support themes:

How to use: Well,

  1. Install any of the 3rd party launcher apps given above.
  2. Set the new launcher app as your default home screen to be able to use the app.
  3. Thereafter, head into Settings of the launcher app (usually, tap and hold on the empty area on the home screen to find the Settings option).
  4. Find the Themes menu in the Settings.
  5. Tap on the Theme menu and find a black theme as it suits you.

3. Find a black theme on Play Store

Well, this is not the best option, truth be told. Because when you search for ‘black theme’ on the Play Store, you will get themes that require you to install a 3rd party launcher app that may not be available on the Play Store even. Hence, proceed with caution.

There are plenty of black themes available on the Play Store to satisfy your needs, but unlike icon packs that require any launcher supporting icon packs, the themes are installable only on the specific 3rd party launcher app it’s made for. So, if want to install a theme, you will need to install and use the required 3rd party launcher app the theme is designed on.

Here’s a quick guide on installing themes successfully:

  1. Visit this link to find black themes on the Play Store.
  2. Install a theme of your choice. be sure to check out screenshots of the theme app to get a good idea of how it will look like.
  3. Open the theme app. It will ask you to specify the required launcher that the theme is based on.
  4. Click the Install button to visit the Play Store listing of the required launcher.
  5. Tap on the Install button to install the required launcher app. (Note: Check out the launcher’s features, screenshots and all to make sure you want this launcher. Otherwise, try another black theme.)
  6. Open the new Launcher app and set the new launcher app as default home screen app.
  7. Open the Theme app again and set it as the default theme. Done!
  8. You can look for more themes for the given launcher on the Play Store.

Enable dark mode in apps

Most of the Android 10 and Android 9 devices support dark themes by default but some popular apps still need the user to change the display settings manually. Getting black-themed is proven to be a difficult task for the developers even in 2020! But don’t worry, to make things easier for you, we have hand-picked some of the most popular apps that support dark/black mode.

  • Gmail: Settings > General > Theme > Dark
  • Calendar: Settings > General > Theme > Dark
  • Facebook Messenger: Profile Pic > Dark Mode > On
  • Google Maps: Settings > Navigation Settings > Color Scheme > Dark
  • Google Chrome: Settings > Themes > Dark
  • Reddit: Settings > General > Dark Theme > On
  • Youtube: Profile Pic > Settings > General > Appearance > Dark theme
  • Tumblr: Profile Pic > Settings > General > Color Palette
  • Microsoft Outlook: Settings > Dark Mode > On
  • Twitter: Profile Pic > Settings and privacy > Display and sound > Dark Mode > On
  • Slack: Menu > Settings > Dark Mode > On
  • Amazon Kindle: More > Settings > Color theme > Dark
  • Twitch: Profile Pic > Settings (Gear Icon) > Enable Dark Mode
  • Skype: Settings > Appearance > Dark mode
  • Gboard: Settings (Gear Icon) > Theme > Colours > Black
  • Discord: Chat for Gamers – Menu > Settings (Gear Icon) > Appearance > Dark

Browsing the web in black

While you can individually enable dark mode on various browsers, the content you might view on websites won’t change to a darker theme. The following trick allows you to enable dark mode on every website you visit, preventing you from being blinded by bright white backgrounds on many sites. This can be enabled inside any Chromium-based browsers available on the market including Google Chrome, Brave, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi.

In order to enable the feature, tap on the address bar on your web browser, type “chrome://flags” and then tap the enter key. When the page loads, search for “Dark Mode” in the search box at the top, tap on the box adjacent to “Force Dark Mode for Web Contents” feature. For best results, select “Enabled with selective inversion of non-image elements” which will not force dark mode on images. Once selected, tap on Relaunch.

Install great icon packs

Once you have got the black theme and/or black wallpaper, you shall decorate it nicely with a suitable icon pack to spice up the look.

If you have got a black wallpaper, you can install a minimal white/colorful icon pack to adorn your screen. Or, if you have got a light wallpaper, you can get a black icon pack.

Check out the links above to find some white/black icon packs. However, here are a few we recommend to get you started right away.

Download: Whicons – White Icon Pack

Download: Zwart – Black Icon Pack

Download: Monoic White Icon Pack

So, the above should help you get a dark UI all over your phone. Feel free to share your own personal ideas with us in the comments box below.


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