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Night mode for the Messages App

How to enable the Dark Mode for Messages

By Julian Eggers, Oct. 29, 2020

You can easily enable the dark mode on Android phones by using the Dark Mode app that I developed. You can download it on Google Play.

If you want to learn more about the Android dark mode, check out this article.

The Google Messages app is a popular SMS messaging app that is widely used. In addition to several useful features, the Messages app also supports a night theme.

Unfortunately, activating the night theme differs depending on the Android version that your phone is running on.

Dark Messages

Android 10 or later:

On phones that are running on Android 10 or later, you have to go to your phones system settings and activate the night mode there for your complete device.

Once your device is set to night mode, the Messenger app will automatically be displayed dark as well.

You can find more information on how to activate the night mode for your Android 10 device in How the Android night mode works.

Android 9 (Pie):

  1. Open Messages
  2. Tap Menu ⋮ in the top right corner
  3. Choose Enable dark mode
Activate the Night Mode for Messages on Android 9

Android 8 (Oreo) and below:

Use the Dark Mode app to activate the Night Mode of your device. This will also make the Messages app use a night theme, as the App on Android 8 and below, uses the device's current mode.