14 Dark-Themed Android Apps for Your AMOLED Smartphone
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Recently, I bought the OnePlus 3T The Smartphone Gift Guide for Family and Friends The Smartphone Gift Guide for Family and Friends Looking for a smartphone gift for a friend or loved one? We've rounded up the best iOS and Android devices for partners, friends, and family. So what kind of phone should you get? Read More , and thanks to its AMOLED screen, I’ve officially gone to the dark side by using tons of dark-themed apps.

That’s because the dark side looks amazing on an AMOLED display. When a pixel is black, AMOLED screens just doesn’t power up that particular pixel (unlike LCD screens, which can’t turn off individual pixels). This means you get true blacks. Plus, this ends up saving a bit of battery life as well, since a lot of the pixels aren’t even being used.

If you have an Android phone with an AMOLED screen — like the new Pixel phones These Secret Google Pixel Features Will Convince You to Buy It These Secret Google Pixel Features Will Convince You to Buy It The Google Pixel isn't just another Android phone. Google packed some seriously cool and unique features into this device. Read More , most Samsung devices, or a OnePlus device, among others — you should also embrace the dark side. Even if your device doesn’t have an AMOLED screen, I’d still recommend checking out the dark themes in the apps below. They’re still pretty cool.

1. Fenix

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Fenix is hands down the best third party Twitter client for Android Forget Twitter's Official Android App, Use These Apps Instead Forget Twitter's Official Android App, Use These Apps Instead The official Twitter app sucks. Let's be honest. So here are some amazing alternatives. Read More , and it has a really cool AMOLED black theme. You can enable it from Settings > Appearance > Theme. And once you do, your entire Twitter experience will change.

But Fenix isn’t the only twitter app that has an AMOLED black theme. Talon and Flamingo both have the feature. Twitter’s own Night Mode isn’t half bad either.

DownloadFenix for Twitter ($3.49)

2. Textra SMS

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Textra is the alternative SMS app Text Better with These Alternative SMS Apps for Android Text Better with These Alternative SMS Apps for Android Don't like your default SMS app? Try a new one! Read More you should already be using. The dark theme just sweetens the deal.

Go to Settings > Customize Look and from Screen Colors, select Black. This will turn the background into pitch black.

DownloadTextra SMS (Free)

3. Nova Launcher

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When setting up Nova Launcher, you can enable dark mode. This sets a dark background for the app drawer, the Google widget, and the settings screen. Choose a dark background for the home screen, and you’re good to go.

DownloadNova Launcher (Free)

4. Solid Explorer

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Now that ES is no longer the file explorer it used to be ES File Explorer: Is It the Best File Manager for Android? ES File Explorer: Is It the Best File Manager for Android? Is EF File Explorer the best option for viewing and managing the files on your Android device? Read More , Solid Explorer has emerged as the file explorer. I’m a solid fan because the app provides the powerful features a geek needs, wrapped in an interface that’s pleasant to the eyes. The dark mode is an added delight.

From Settings, select Theme and switch to either Black or Auto Light + Black.

DownloadSolid Explorer Text Better with These Alternative SMS Apps for Android Text Better with These Alternative SMS Apps for Android Don't like your default SMS app? Try a new one! Read More (Free)

5. Weather Underground

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Weather Underground is a feature rich weather app. You can customize it to your heart’s content using tiles. Plus, it has a cool dark mode. Once enabled, the dark mode also extends to the sticky notification, which is a nice bonus.

DownloadWeather Underground (Free)

6. Sync for Reddit

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You’re going to end up browsing Reddit for hours anyway A Lesser-Known Way to Find New & Interesting Subreddits A Lesser-Known Way to Find New & Interesting Subreddits Want to find new, interesting, and obscure subreddits? Use this secret but effective method that nobody knows about! Read More , so you might as well do it in style. There’s no shortage of awesome Reddit apps on Android, and chances are that your Reddit app of choice already supports an AMOLED black theme (customization options tend to be top priorities for Reddit apps).

Sync for Reddit’s AMOLED Night mode is pretty sick, and it’s a great Reddit app overall. But other apps like Slide for Reddit and Reddit is Fun have a dark mode as well.

DownloadSync for Reddit (Free)

7. Shuttle Music Player

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It’s no secret that the Play Music app is a bit too basic — and so white and bright! If you’re looking for an alternative music player The 15 Best Non-Streaming Android Music Player Apps in 2016 The 15 Best Non-Streaming Android Music Player Apps in 2016 Want to play local music on your Android device? One of these apps is going to work for you. Read More , consider Shuttle.

The app is feature rich and customizable. It’s not as confusing to navigate as Play Music sometimes can be. You can switch between different accent colors, and of course, there’s a delicious dark mode that’s totally worth writing home about.

DownloadShuttle Music Player (Free)

8. VLC for Android

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VLC will play almost anything under the sun. The app is free, fast, and free of ads. The awesome dark mode is the cherry on top. From Settings, select Interface, and check the Enable the black theme option.

Download — VLC for Android (Free)

9. Contacts and Dialer by Simpler

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If your built-in dialer app doesn’t have a dark mode, it’s time for some change. While there are many feature-packed dialer apps out there What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? You don't have to settle for your phone's built-in contacts and dialer apps. Read More , they’re often confusing to use.

You just want to use the dialer to make phone calls, and this is where Contacts & Dialer by Simpler shines. As the name suggests, it keeps things simple — and the dark mode keeps things cool.

From Settings, go to Style, tap on Dark mode and select Black. That should do the trick.

DownloadContacts & Dialer by Simpler (Free)

10. Gboard

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Android’s default keyboard has been rebranded as Gboard. It now integrates a Google search bar right inside the keyboard. Equally as exciting is the newly added theme support. After tapping the G button, tap on the theme button. You’ll find a couple of dark themes here. Scroll down to the bottom to find the black themes.

Alternatively, if SwiftKey is more up your alley, you’ll find plenty of dark themes for that keyboard in its store.

DownloadGboard (Free)

11. Pocket

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Pocket is the best read-later service for Android. With the new recommended feature, it’s gotten even better, and the dark mode helps you get through your reading list faster and with less eye strain.

DownloadPocket (Free)

12. Feedly

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Feedly might not be the most feature-filled RSS app around, but it’s simple, works well, and has a killer dark mode.

If Feedly is a bit too basic for you and you like to have all the options possible, try gReader.

DownloadFeedly (Free)

13. Monospace

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As simple note-taking apps go, Monospace is extra special. Not only is it minimal and fast, it also supports Markdown. Plus, it uses a dark theme by default.

DownloadMonospace (Free)

14. Google Play Books

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There’s nothing worse than late night eye strain when you’re trying to get through that last chapter. Google Play Book’s dark mode makes things a bit easier.

And Play Books isn’t alone in this. You’ll find a night mode in many popular reading apps, from Kindle to Moon+ Reader.

DownloadGoogle Play Books (Free)

Use the Built-In Dark Mode

The OnePlus 3/3T comes with a built-in dark mode that itself is really cool. It adds a black theme to the settings app, the app drawer, the notification panel, and the dialer.

You’ll find a dark mode theme for some other devices as well. Search around to see if your AMOLED device has a true black theme.

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Once you’ve done all this, the last move is to install a cool black wallpaper. You could do the boring thing and just go with a pitch black one, but I suggest you take a look at the Black wallpapers series. They’re generated using shapes and lights, which end up creating sweet patterns on a pitch black background.

How have you customized your Android device? What kinds of themes or icon packs are you using? Share with us in the comments below.

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  1. Scott Johnson
    December 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Why is Pocket in this list? Pocket shows thumbnails in the list of saved articles - which are not dark. I couldn't find a way to turn off the thumbnails so I went with Instapaper.

  2. Lorens
    August 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Why es file explorer in no more the best alternative? What they changed?

  3. Zer0Nin3r
    June 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    A better Android alternative to option #2 Textra SMS, is Signal. Not only does it have a dark theme, but more importantly the application supports End-to-end Encryption (E2EE) in ADDITION TO SMS. Thus, one can make Signal their default SMS application. Additionally, add a password inside the application and the SMS database is encrypted. Not sure why this want mentioned in the article, but "now you know, and knowing is half the battle — Go Joe!"

    • Zer0Nin3r
      June 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      I forgot to mention that Signal is open source, which is important in order to detect backdoors. Another benefit to using the program.

  4. Tor Schjølberg
    May 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Very good indeed. Thanks. I think swiftkey's theme cobalt is a more fitting amoled keyboard. ??