It’s so subtle you might not even notice. Theand phones have a light and dark theme that will change based on the phone’s wallpaper.
If you have a predominately light phone background, your app drawer, folders and quick settings backdrops will be white, while a dark-colored wallpaper will turn them black.
While dark themes are nothing new — they were a notable feature of Windows phones — they are harder to find on Android devices. Often you’d have to root your device or download a separate theme or launcher to get a dark theme on your Android phone. So seeing the Pixel 2 come with a built-in dark theme is a nice little surprise.
Finding the Pixel 2’s dark mode
To change your Pixel 2 between dark and light themes, all you have to do is swap your phone background between an image that is brightly colored (for the light theme) or one that is predominately black (for the dark theme).
The dark theme will look extra nice on the Pixel 2 thanks to its AMOLED display. Because AMOLED displays light up each pixel individually, the display essentially turns off for black colors, which results in deeper black hues. This also has the added benefit of slightly better battery life because not every display pixel is lit up with a darker theme.
With the Pixel 2’s dark theme easier on your eyes and your battery, what’s not to love? We’re hoping Google brings the feature to other Android devices.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be in stores on Oct. 19.