Android 15 could force dark mode on apps


One of the changes to Android we’ve seen in the past few years is dark mode. This is where the overall UI takes on a darker look so it doesn’t look so glaring at night. Developers have largely supported it, but there are some that haven’t. Luckily, Android 15 will change that by forcing all apps to go dark even if they don’t support it natively.

According to a report from Android Authority, a recent APK teardown has revealed that Google plans to introduce a feature in Android 15. This new feature will basically force all apps to have a dark mode. This comes in the form of a toggle called “Make all apps dark”, although there is a bit of a catch.

Since some apps don’t have a native dark mode, Google notes that toggling on this feature could result in some display issues. Android Authority tested it out and found that in some cases, it ended up reducing the contrast of some buttons. We suppose it will vary from app to app, but it could be a good way to make sure all your apps are dark when dark mode is toggled.

For the most part, a lot of apps out there do support dark mode. Hopefully this could force those holdouts to implement something native of their own, or risk ruining the user experience. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see, but if you do like using dark mode, then this Android 15 feature could be something to look forward to.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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