While many Android apps have already welcomed user requests for a dark mode, Google Docs has resisted. However, Google announced Google Docs’ new dark mode in July 2020. Like most new features, it’s coming to users in stages, so if you don’t see it yet, don’t worry. I personally only received the update at the beginning of August. Some users still have not received the update. Of course, it will be available first to G Suite customers.
Not just Google Docs
Before you worry, Google Docs Dark Mode isn’t just for Docs. It will also be available for Sheets and Slides. You can activate the mode individually in each application, depending on your needs. You will also have the option to preview documents in light mode, even if dark mode is enabled. This can make it easier to view documents that are harder to see in darker themes. If you use a dark theme in Android, these Google apps will also automatically adjust to make it suitable, although you can always override it in the app settings.
Benefits of using dark mode
Google says the new feature will improve battery life and make screens easier to see in low light settings. You’ve probably heard that it’s also better for your eyes. It is important to know that reading white text on a black background can often increase eye strain, although in a low light environment it will reduce eye strain. So if you work at night or in a dimmer light, you will definitely see and feel the benefits.
Remember, you can go back and forth as much as you want with this new setting. Feel free to adjust it depending on when and where you use the apps.
Turn on Google Docs dark mode
The first thing to do is visit the Google Play Store and check for new updates. If you don’t have any new updates and don’t see the feature available in your app’s settings, bookmark this article and wait for the feature to arrive. For the moment, there is no definitive date.
If you’re up to date, it’s time to check if you have the functionality. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
Tap the hamburger menu and select Settings.
Then tap on Theme. It should be at the top of the list. If you don’t see it, it’s not available at the moment.
When you tap on Theme, you will see three options: dark, light, and set by battery saver. Tap Dark to activate dark mode.
You should see the change immediately, even the settings windows going dark.
If you want to come back at any time, just tap Theme again. Select Light or Set by Battery Saver. The latter can go into dark mode to save battery if you get weak.
Preview in clear mode
If you try to view a document, but have trouble seeing it in dark mode, you don’t have to reset everything. Instead, preview it in clear mode. When you do that, the only document that changes is this one. When you’re done, it will turn dark again.
Open any document. From the menu in the top right corner, tap “Show in light theme.”
This feature is useful for one-off documents or if you’re trying to show a document to someone else who might not like dark mode either.
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