Theming is the best way to express our personality, thus making our smartphone look unique. Additionally, a good theme can refresh your experience, so you get that new phone feel every time you change it. While there are several theme engines to choose from, Substratum is definitely the most popular option. Regardless of your level of experience, some theme suggestions may come in handy. Here is our list of 10 best Substratum themes for Android devices.
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- What is Substratum?
- 10 Best Substratum Themes
- 1. Swift Dark, Black & White
- Swift Black Substratum Theme +Oreo & Samsung theme
- Swift Dark Substratum Theme
- Swift Light Substratum Theme
- 2. Mono /Art & Belo
- Mono/Art [substratum]
- Belo [substratum]
- 3. Nineteen & Edge
- nineteen [substratum]
- edge [substratum]
- gaia [substratum]
- 4. Flux & Flux White
- Flux - Substratum Theme
- Flux White - Substratum Theme
- 5. Outline & Ethereal
- Outline for Substratum • Q, Pie, Oreo, Nougat
- Ethereal for Substratum • Q, Pie, Oreo, Nougat
- Outline X for Substratum (Extensions)
- 6. Focus & Compound
- Focus || Substratum Theme (Android Oreo/Nougat)
- Compound for Substratum (Android Pie/Oreo/Nougat)
- Compound [light] Substratum (Android Oreo/Nougat)
- 7. Fresh UI Light & Dark
- FreshUi Light Substratum Theme
- Freshui Dark Substratum Theme
- 8. Coalfield & Reverie
- Coalfield Substratum Theme
- Reverie Substratum Theme
- 9. Pitch Black
- PitchBlack - Substratum Theme For Nougat/Oreo/Pie
- 10. Orange Kitten
- [substratum] OrangeKitten PRO
- The Kittens - Color Plugin
What is Substratum?
Before proceeding, let’s quickly introduce Substratum. This theme engine has been developed by the Projekt Development team, and currently has the largest community of any competitor. Substratum is supported by third-party developers, who combine their skills and creativity to create new awesome theme packages. Applying themes is exceptionally simple and intuitive, plus developers often include notes to help users.
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Substratum is compatible with Android Nougat or higher, and you can download it for free via Play Store (link below). Keep in mind that it generally requires root access in order to function properly. However, if you’re running Android Oreo, the Andromeda add-in allows you to skip this requirement. You’ll find all the resources linked below, as well as the Play Store download pages.
Install Substratum on Oreo without Root:
Play Store Links:
10 Best Substratum Themes
In this article, we’ll be talking about themes specifically designed to run on stock Android. You’ll find some of them grouped under the same entry, due to some shared similarities we’ll discuss in the respective sections. Keep in mind that we have compiled the list based on our personal preferences, but there are many more awesome Substratum themes out there! Also, there is no specific order in the list, since preferences change from person to person. Now let’s get to the point, here are the 10 best Substratum themes you can get right now!
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1. Swift Dark, Black & White
Swift themes are some of the most popular ones and include among the best Substratum themes, thanks to their simplicity and exceptional support. The three themes are variations of the same base concept, and the one you pick determines the background color you get. Most importantly, with over 200 supported apps, most of your favorite ones will be covered. Moreover, the Beach Road IT team updates these themes very frequently, which ensures the best compatibility.
2. Mono /Art & Belo
Mono /Art and Belo are truly two of the best-looking themes ever created. While Belo focuses on a clean white interface, Mono /Art pushes the boundaries with innovative solutions. Both of them are based on the same concept and design language, but the latter also offers some optional design variations. On top of that, these variations can be adorned by astonishing accent color options.
3. Nineteen & Edge
For those who like transparency effects, Nineteen and Edge are the most beautiful Substratum themes we could find. Everything is perfectly done, all you need is a good wallpaper to complete the interface. The main difference between the two is related to the color options. In fact, Nineteen is more colorful and also offers alternative non-transparent backgrounds. Instead, Edge is fully focused on transparency and offers subtle accents to match the interface. One more thing: Nineteen comes with an alternative system icon set called Gaia, which you can also download separately to use with other themes.
4. Flux & Flux White
Flux themes offer a very clean and refined look, which somewhat resembles Android Pie. Rounded corners and circular icons dominate the interface, thus giving it a smooth and polished look. The two available options allow you to choose between a dark theme and a white one.
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5. Outline & Ethereal
The name Outline already says everything about the design language. In fact, this theme uses thin lines instead of solid icons, thus making the interface clean and elegant. The developer also offers a special package called Outline Extensions, which expands the customization options. Instead, if you prefer dark themes, Ethereal is the one you should take a look at.
6. Focus & Compound
Focus and Compound are dark Substratum themes which share a common design language. In addition to all the things you may be used to, these themes also modify app headers and splash screens. Since the two represent variations of a similar concept, we recommend to check out both to see which one you prefer. If you would prefer a lighter theme, there’s also a white version of Compound.
7. Fresh UI Light & Dark
Fresh UI themes are two of the most colorful ones you can get. Not to mention that pretty much everything is customizable with several distinct variations. Moreover, you’ll notice that the card UI theme appears all over the interface, including app headers. Not only this contributes to a cleaner look, but the larger header area also makes the device easier to use one-handed. In my opinion, Fresh UI is one of the best Substratum themes available now.
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8. Coalfield & Reverie
Coalfield and Reverie are high contrast themes, which focus on the antithesis between dark and light elements. In fact, the coloration is very delicate in both of them, with the main difference being represented by system icons. These themes are recommended for those who want something unique yet subtle.
9. Pitch Black
Pitch Black is one of the most well-known black themes for Substratum, thanks to the minimal style and the variety of options. First of all, the available accent colors can create up to 130 unique combinations. In addition to that, black backgrounds can also be exceptionally battery friendly (learn more here). With this in mind, thanks to the number of apps which the theme supports, you’ll find your battery life improving by a significant margin.
10. Orange Kitten
Orange Kitten is one of the classics in the theming world. As the name suggests, orange is the dominant color for the entire interface. Instead, regarding the backgrounds, you can choose between dark, black, and white. In case you like the theme but you would like to try a different accent color, you can use the official color plugin. Keep in mind that the theme isn’t being updated anymore, so it’s recommended to only apply it on the system components.
Here we wind up our review of the best Substratum themes for Android devices. Leave a comment below and let us know which are your personal favorites!