In case you haven’t heard, the first Android 11 developer preview is out. Along with it, Google has also released a timeline for the development of Android 11. Most of the changes are not that noticeable since this is a very early build. This is historically the earliest Google has released a developer preview. There are some significant new features in Android 11 though. One of them is automatic dark mode scheduling, finally.
After being in development for at least 2 years, the system-wide dark mode was finally available in Android 10. The implementation felt a little half baked though. Not because some parts of the OS were still not dark. Instead, it was just the lack of an automatic dark mode scheduling. Both macOS and iOS have the feature and it is really convenient. Not everyone is a fan of dark themes but may still find it useful in the dark.
If you belong in that group, you might often find yourself looking for the dark mode toggle whenever you’re in a darker environment. And then you’re looking for the toggle again when you’re in a brighter environment. For a lot of us, this is usually going to bed in the night and then getting out of bed in the day. This is why an automatic dark mode schedule makes sense.
Enable Automatic Dark Mode Scheduling In Android 11
In Android 11 we are finally getting automatic dark mode scheduling. And activating is pretty easy. It’s placed right where you normally find the dark theme option in the Settings app. In case you don’t know, that is Settings > Display. Here you’ll find the Dark theme setting and a toggle next to it. Tap on the Dark theme text, not the toggle.
Next, tap on Schedule and select one of the available options. You can set the dark theme to turn on at sunset and then turn off at sunrise. This is not ideal for everyone. Fortunately, there’s also an option to schedule the automatic dark mode at a custom time of your choice.
Not everyone has the Android 11 developer preview, though. Not everyone might even get the Android 11 update this year, or at all. Thanks to problem-solving developers, you can get automatic dark mode scheduling on Android 10 too.