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How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for All the Major Google Apps

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There is a reason why countless apps have released a dark mode option over the last couple of years – it is not only very trendy, but it actually helps save battery power.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for All the Major Google Apps

Many Google apps now offer this option, and you will probably want to turn it on and go as dark as possible on your favorite smartphone/tablet device. Well, here is how to enable/disable the dark mode on some of the most important Google apps.

How to Enable Dark Mode – Android Settings

If you’re using an Android device on Android 10 or higher, you can quickly change all apps to Dark Mode with a few easy steps. We’ll discuss how to set each one individually below, but for now, we’ll show you all to do it all at once in your device’s settings.

Here’s how:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the Settings cog.

  2. Next, tap on Display.

  3. Now, tap on Dark Mode.

While this won’t change all of your apps (like Facebook, Instagram, etc.) it will change all of your Google apps to dark mode.

If for some reason this method wasn’t effective for you, or you don’t want all of your apps in Dark Mode, keep reading.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Play Store

Let’s face it, we can talk about Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Search even, but Google Play Store remains the most important app on your device. How come? Well, you use it to download all the other apps that you need.

Whether you download new apps occasionally or are a daily Google Play visitor, you will surely want to play around with the dark mode for your favorite Android device.

  1. Start off by opening the Google Play Store app, then, tap on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. In the menu, find Settings and tap on it.

  3. In the Settings menu, find the Theme option, tap it, and you will get to choose between Light and Dark.

  4. There is a third option that will set the time in accordance with your device’s global dark mode settings. Select your preferred option – it is all straightforward.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Keep

Google Keep is one of the most advanced note-taking services on the market. It has been around for a while, but, as of recently, it is seen quite the spike ineffectiveness. This is evident by the number of people now using it.

If you are like many others who frequently use Google Keep to revise your notes, a particular theme might not be a perfect fit. You might not like the brightness of the regular theme. Or maybe you do not like the dark theme at all.

  1. Open the Google Keep app and then navigate to the hamburger menu in the top-left corner of the screen.

  2. From the menu that opens, navigate to the Settings option.

  3. In the Settings screen, tap Theme. You will find the Enable dark theme option.

  4. Alternatively, tap the Disable dark theme option, and the dark mode will be disabled.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Assistant

If you still are not using Google Assistant, you are missing out – it can answer a ton of questions and do a lot of stuff on your command. Whatever you need, Google Assistant is there for you.

Unfortunately, you can not tell Google Assistant to turn its dark mode on or off. If you want to choose between the dark and regular modes, you are going to have to go about it manually.

  1. Run the Google Assistant app from your device.

  2. Navigate to the bottom-right corner of the screen. You will see a More option, with three dots, tap on it.

  3. On the next screen, select Settings and then click General. This will list many useful settings, among which you will find the Theme option.

  4. Now, tap Theme and select whether you want the theme to be Light, Dark, or go by the System default.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Discover

Remember Google Feed? You know, the app that used to show you all the news and topics regarding things that might interest you? Well, it is no longer called Google Feed. It is Google Discover now.

The name change is not the only thing the app has gone through. It now introduces a variety of informative options regarding yourself and your interests. Oh, and you get to choose whether you want to use the dark mode in it.

  1. Run the Google Discover app and go to More.

  2. From the list, select Settings and then go to General.

  3. On this list, you will find the Dark Theme option. Select Always if you want Google Discover search pages and the bottom tab to turn dark. Bear in mind, though, that the Discover feed is still going to remain light – there is no way to change it to dark.

  4. To disable the dark mode here, follow the same steps.

How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode for Google Maps

Google Maps has become the world’s most popular navigation app. Whenever someone needs any map-related information, it is their go-to choice. Recently, Google Maps introduced a dark mode feature.

To enable Dark Mode on Google Maps, do this:

  1. Start by tapping on your profile icon in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. Next, tap on Settings.

  3. Now, tap on Theme.

  4. Then, tap on Always in dark theme and tap Save to apply the change.

Keep in mind that the menu theme will not change. But once you go back to the Google Maps home page, you will see that the map is now dark.

How to Enable Dark Mode for Google Search

Finally, the most Google app on the list – Google Search. You would think that this app would be the first to get a trendy feature, such as dark mode. However, you would be wrong, as they introduced it only a few months back.

  1. Start by running the Google Search app on your device and then navigate to the in-app More button.

  2. Next, click on Settings.

  3. In the Settings screen, go to Themes.

  4. A screen will allow you to choose between the Dark, Light, and System default settings. It is pretty clear what you need to do here.

No Dark Mode Option Available

Some Google apps have yet to introduce the Dark Mode option. Whatever the reason, they are lagging behind, as you can rest assured that the Dark Mode will be introduced to most, if not all Google-based apps.

The apps on the above list possess the dark mode option. Follow the steps, and you will be able to quickly enable or disable it. However, the app on your device might not include the dark mode feature at all.

The main reason for this would be that your app is not up-to-date. As a rule of thumb, your device will update the apps automatically. Sometimes, however, the auto-updates might be lagging behind, so you are going to have to perform them manually.

To do this, go to your app store and search for the app in question. From there, update it manually, if possible. This should make sure that the Google app is up-to-date and that it features a dark mode option.

Additional FAQ

1. How do I turn on dark mode for all apps?

Whatever device you are using, there is an option to enable the global dark mode feature. The global dark mode feature will try and detect all the apps on the device that support the dark mode and automatically turn it on. Keep in mind, though, that it might not detect the dark mode with every single app that offers the option.

  1. You will find this option in the devices Settings menu, on Android, navigate to Display & Brightness.

  2. Now, toggle the Dark mode switch to On.

  1. On iOS devices, go to Display & Brightness and select the option you prefer. You can choose between Light, Dark, and Automatic.

2. Is dark mode better for eyes?

In addition to ensuring a longer battery life on your device and lower power consumption, the dark mode has been known to reduce eyestrain in conditions that offer low amounts of light.

However, the dark mode is not an excuse for staring at your phone screen for hours per day. Any form of screen overuse can still cause eyesight damage in the long term – always keep this in mind.

3. Why should you use dark mode?

First of all, the dark mode causes less eyestrain. Then, there is the factor of battery life. Simply put, white and bright backgrounds feature a higher light emission (as you have probably noticed). Naturally, this entails more battery consumption.

The dark mode is better in terms of productivity as well. Plus, it looks pretty sleek and cool.

4. Does Google Chrome have dark mode?

On Android devices, the dark mode in Google Chrome is still an experimental feature, activated from the browser’s address bar, by entering chrome://flags. iOS devices have yet to see an option for the dark mode in Google Chrome.


There you have it! This is how you enable the dark mode on the major Google apps. Although the dark mode option hasn’t been introduced in every single Google app, you can rest assured that we are slowly getting there. Remember, unrolling this option seems to be a much bigger challenge than it seems.

Have you managed to turn on the dark mode in any of these apps? Did you have to manually update them to do it? Hit the comments section below and join the discussion. Don’t refrain from asking any questions you might have on the subject, either.

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