Google has officially announced dark mode for Android Q at I / O and has updated the Material Guidelines how to properly implement the theme in their apps. But of course, there's always going to be some apps that just will not receive a gray look, be it because it's abandoned or just not a priority to the developer.
Override force-dark To test how the OS could circumvent these, Q Beta 3 introduces a brute method that forces all of the apps into dark mode.
] (after first opting into developer settings, naturally). Chromed reversed colors, similar to Chrome's experimental dark mode tests at the beginning of the year. For some apps, this ends up looking good and functional.
As you can see, it's hit or miss for now. Bath examples include Telegram and Whatsapp, with both not really going dark, and Telegram's text becoming unreadable. But I like the Google app and Instagram look and hope for a similar official implementation soon. WebViews and Google Chrome remain untouched by this mode.
Right now, the forced theme, as well as the default white mode, as whites end up staying inverted here, too. This is the case for Google Feed, among others. Android Q launches later this year.
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This feature is partly broken as of Q Beta 4. Trying to enable the setting in developer options will result in a crash. Presumably, this will affect the "alternative" slightly-tweaked dark mode we spotted.
Kieron Quinn was able to get it working in this latest build, but it requires root. Instructions for the curious are available here. So, note that you're in the middle of now and the dark theme toggle in Settings -> display enabled.
The Force dark mode option works again on Android Q Beta 5 and no longer crashes when enabled. 9to5Google So reports Assistant and Maps.
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