If your smartphone is running Android 10, iOS 13 or a newer version, you have access to a system-wide dark theme. And this dark theme works well with Google Calendar, but it’s not the only way to go dark. If you have an older operating system, you can still darken the calendar theme on your phone.
Calendar has supported its dark theme on Android since May 2019, but it took almost a year for Google to release it for the iPhone. This gives you a longer battery life, less eye strain and better legibility. It also just looks cooler. Not sure how to get the look? Use a link below to jump to the right section.
: Android 10 and higher
In Google Calendar, press the hamburger menu in the top left, scroll down, and tap Settings. Next, select “General” and tap on the “Theme” option. You will see that Choose topic The dialog box appears with the following options:
- Light: This is what calendar usually looks like. If you select this option, you cannot go dark in system-wide dark mode.
- Dark: This is what you want if you only want the calendar to be dark and no other apps on your device. The system-wide dark mode setting does not change the calendar from dark to light or vice versa.
- System error: This is the default option and should already be enabled unless you have previously changed it. With this option, the calendar is committed if you change the dark mode system-wide.
Select “Dark” if you want the calendar to always be in night mode until you change the setting, or “System default” if you want to use Android’s system-wide dark mode. On standard Android, you can either go to Settings -> Display -> Dark Theme or just tap the Dark Theme button in your quick settings panel (you need to add it if you haven’t already).
Option 2: Android 7.0 – Android 9.0
On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo or 9.0 Pie, you can still activate the dark theme of the calendar, although you do not have the system-wide option. To do this, open Google Calendar, press the hamburger menu in the top left, scroll down and tap on “Settings”. Next, select “General” and tap on the “Theme” option. You will see that Choose topic The dialog box appears with the following options:
- Light: This is what calendar usually looks like. This is the standard option.
- Dark: This will make the calendar dark until you return to these settings and change them.
- Set by Battery Saver: This will automatically change the calendar to its dark theme when battery saver is enabled on your device.
Once the dark mode is activated, which you can use the quick settings or the “Battery settings” menu, the entire Google Calendar app will have a dark theme. The highlighted colors can be different, but the background and navigation bar are dark gray.
Option 3: iOS 13 and higher
There is no built-in dark theme setting in the Google Calendar app for iPhone because Apple’s dark mode option is used. So there is no way to activate a night theme in the calendar without influencing other apps – unless you turn on Apple’s dark mode when you open the calendar and off when you exit.
In iOS 13, iOS 14 and future versions go to Settings -> Display and Brightness and then select “Dark”. To return, do the same, but choose “Light”. However, there are faster ways to turn it on and off, and you don’t even have to leave the calendar.
For one, you can use Siri; Just say “turn on dark mode”. To return, say “turn off dark mode” or “turn on light mode”. Another option is to use a Control Center shortcut. The brightness control is integrated, or you can add independent control for dark mode. Simply switch on or off as required.
Option 4: iOS 11 and higher
If you have an iPhone that doesn’t support iOS 13 and above, or if you think Apple’s system-wide dark mode is a bit extreme, there is another option called “Smart Invert”. You only need iOS 11 or higher and the latest version of Google Calendar.
Smart Invert changes the colors of most elements of an app and turns white backgrounds into black and black text into white. It does not affect pictures, as is the case with his classic older siblings. So it’s only a step away from the official Dark Mode option.
To activate it in iOS 11 and 12, go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Show accommodations -> Invert colors and then turn on “Smart Invert”. In iOS 13 and higher, navigate to Settings -> Accessibility -> Display and text size and activate “Smart Invert”. It’s not very practical, but you can create an accessibility shortcut for Smart Invert so that you can click the Page or Home button three times to toggle it – right from the calendar.
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