how to activate dark mode?

The dark mode is more and more widespread in our customs. It is now the turn of the Google application to benefit from it, whether on iOS or Android.

For the past few years, application developers and operating system vendors have embraced the dark theme fashion, which relieves our eyes (and in some cases, our phone batteries). In a tweet published on May 19, Google has announced the deployment of this display option in its eponymous application, available on Android and iOS.

The Google app, not to be confused with the Chrome browser, allows you to quickly search on topics that interest us. It even includes the integration of Google Lens. To switch to dark mode, there is absolutely nothing rocket science. Attention, the deployment is done gradually, so some users will have to wait.

How to activate Google's dark mode on iOS (12 and 13)

Good news, the Google app will automatically adjust to the operating system setting. Basically, if you're already using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod in dark mode, the Google app will display the same way. As a reminder, the dark mode has been introduced on Apple mobile devices since iOS 13.

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On iOS // Source: Numerama screenshots

Here's the procedure to follow :

  • See you in Settings
  • Then in Brightness and display
  • Choose the dark world or switch between light and dark modes automatically depending on the time of day.

It's done: Google will adapt to your preference.

How to activate Google's dark mode on Android

On Android 10, the handling is basically the same.

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On Android // Source: Numerama Screenshots
  • See you in the Settings
  • Then Display and brightness
  • Choose dark mode or automatic activation of dark mode

What if we don't want dark mode?

Google has obviously thought of a manual mode for the following cases:

  • A smartphone that does not have iOS 13 or Android 10;
  • A smartphone that has iOS 13 or Android 10 set to dark mode but whose user does not want in the Google app (or vice versa).

To force one of the two options (light or dark), you will have to go through the application settings: More> Settings> Theme.

Front photo credit: Google

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