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How to enable Android’s dark mode for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

I’ve become a firm believer in using dark mode on my phone. Not because of its presumed battery-saving advantages (although those are nothing to sneeze at), but because I have the unfortunate habit of reading in low-light (or nearly no-light) conditions, and dark mode is a lot gentler on my eyes.

While both iOS and Android have introduced system-wide dark modes to phones, Google is now rolling the feature out to its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on Android phones so you can set each app to show in dark or light mode individually.


Here’s how you set it for Docs, Sheets, or Slides on an Android phone:

If you are using the dark mode and need to temporarily see your document in the light mode instead (for example, so you can better see how it will look printed or to another reader), you can do it from within the document:

Note that if you chose to set your app to the light theme or system default, the option to change it within the document isn’t available — you can only do that for the dark theme.

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