One of the most awaited features of Android is the system-wide dark mode. And Google introduced the same with the latest Android release. The feature is known as Override Force dark and is present under Developer Options. However, most of the device has yet to receive this latest release. Hence users are left with no options than to wait for the OEMs to adopt to Android 10. But you could easily bypass the waiting period if you have a rooted Android device. All you have to do is download the Substratum Theme Engine and the Swift Black Theme. Also, check out 5 Substratum Themes for Oxygen OS & OnePlus 7 Pro.
Apart from making the entire device adopt the dark mode, it also themes various user and system-installed apps. These include Gmail, WhatsApp, Files, Duo, Instagram, nearly all of Google Apps, Android System, Calendar and tons of other apps. It goes without saying that every good thing comes at a cost. And the same is the case here as well. You will be required to shell out Rs 99 or US$1.99. With that said, here are the steps to enable the system-wide dark mode via Substratum. Moreover, here are the 13 Best Samsung One UI Themes for Android Pie (2019).
But before that, please go through the requirements section and make sure that your device qualifies all these pre-requisites. Even if one of them doesn’t meet the device requirements, it is advised not to go ahead with the purchase.
Prerequisites to Enable System-Wide Dark Mode
- You should have a rooted Android device if your device is running Android Pie or later version. For Android Oreo users, they may try Andromeda, the rootless theming support plugin for Substratum.
- For Android 10 devices, only OxygenOS and AOSP ROMs are currently supported.
- Disable the Auto-Update option in the Play Store to avoid app crashes. This usually happens because the app gets updated to a newer version whereas the theme is still applied to an earlier version. It usually takes a week before the theme get’s updated to the new version of any app.
Meet these requirements? Well then follow the below steps to enable the system-wide dark mode via the Swift Black Substratum Theme. On that note, welcome this festive season with a Christmas Substratum Theme.
- Substratum Theme Engine to efficiently manage its associated themes.
- Swift Black Theme to enable the dark mode on rooted Android devices.
Enable System-Wide Dark Mode via Swift Black
Now that you have downloaded both the above-mentioned files, here are the steps to enable the system-wide dark mode using Substratum.
- Install the Substratum Theme Engine and the Swift Black Theme on your rooted Android device.
- Open Substratum and grant it the Magisk root permission.
- Next, under the Themes section, select Swift Black. Tap Next in the Instructions that appear.
- Now you will be taken to the Overlays section. Start by selecting your Android type. if you are having an Android One device, choose the Pixel and AOSP version.
- Next, select all the apps for which you need to enable the system-wide dark mode via Substratum. Some apps like Gmail, Gboard provides some extra tweaks, The same could be found right next to that stated app.
Building and Enabling the Theme
- Before starting with the build process, make sure that if you have already enabled the dark mode in some apps (like WhatsApp, Instagram), then uncheck them from the list.
- Choose the color combination (System UI color) that you wish to see with this Dark Mode. The same could be done from the System Accent menu present under the Android system.
- Once you are done with the above steps, tap on the Build icon present at the bottom right and tap on Build and Install.
- Restart your device, head over to Substratum > Swift Black and select the same apps that you did earlier.
- Again tap on the Build icon but this time choose the Enable Selected option. Wait for the process to finish and finally reboot your device for the changes to take place.
That’s it. Now the selected user and system-installed apps, System UI and other device settings would have adopted the dark mode. With that, we also conclude the guide on how to enable system-wide dark mode on rooted Android devices via Substratum. Although the steps might seem a bit too long, it’s just to help you understand all the steps in a detailed manner. Anyways, the comment section is all yours. Do drop in your queries below.