How To Enable Dark Mode On Samsung Galaxy Phones

Dark mode has been all the rage in the past year or so. As many people are fed up with the very bright interfaces on apps and operating systems, as they should be. Smartphone makers (and even PC makers like Apple and Microsoft) have been embracing dark mode in the past year or so. Dark mode has a few advantages. Besides being easier on the eyes, especially at night, it also helps improve the battery life on your smartphone.

The way dark mode helps with battery life is pretty simple. With many smartphones using OLED displays, a darker interface means that it is lighting up less pixels, then an all white or brighter interface. In fact, Google found that if it turned the entire operating system into a darker color, users would gain quite a bit of juice. Batteries would last more than 25-percent longer, on average.

Samsung is one of those smartphone makers that has embraced dark mode, and it's part of its new One UI that launched with Android 9 Pie. The option to turn on Dark Mode can be a bit hidden, so we're here to show you how exactly to do just that.

How To Enable Dark Mode On Samsung Galaxy Phones Running One UI

Firstly, you're going to want to jump into your phones Settings.

Then scroll down and tap Display.

Now, look for the "Night Mode" option, It'll be in the second section below the "Blue Light Filter" option.

Tap on the toggle to turn on Night Mode now.

If you want to configure Night Mode, tap on Night Mode. This will take you to a new screen which will show you an animation of what Night Mode will do. You can opt to keep it on all the time, or instead opt to have it turn on at a specific time - like when the sun goes down. That way you still get a brighter mode during the day and a darker one at night. Since it can be hard to see your phone when its in dark mode and you're outside in direct sunlight.

Samsung should also have a toggle for Dark Mode in the notification shade, if not, you can add one yourself. That way you can toggle it on and off whenever you want.

Wrap Up

Samsung's "Night Mode" isn't perfect, but it does a good job. It does turn the majority of the operating system "dark", which is what users are looking for here. It also goes further than stock Android and even most other skins (except maybe Oxygen OS from OnePlus). It's desperately needed on One UI since Samsung has turned the UI mostly white, or a very light gray. Which means if you use your phone in bed, at night, when you turn it on it is going to blind you, and that's not a fun thing.

A fun fact about the Night Mode here is that it does also work with Samsung's themes. So even if you do like to use themes, you can still use night mode.

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