Want to Save Your Phone’s Battery? Google Says Switch to Dark Mode

Dark mode is likely to be a standard for Android devices from here on. 
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Dark Mode on YouTube is available for all devices.  | (Photo: The Quint)
Dark Mode on YouTube is available for all devices. 

All this while you have been looking for the magic that increases the battery life of your phone. You’ve tried power banks and even fast chargers to negate its impact, but turns out Google had a trick up its sleeve that they have now revealed.

Google has finally confirmed that dark mode on Android phones uses less power and saves battery life.

Google revealed this bit of information on how your smartphone spends its battery life at this week's Android Dev Summit, speaking to developers about what they can do in their apps to avoid consuming massive amounts of battery life.

"But this isn't just about that. This is about the biggest factor in battery consumption: screen brightness! And not only that, but screen colour, too," Slash Gear reported late Thursday.

Dark mode essentially changes the overall colour theme of an operating system (OS) or applications to the colour black.

During the presentation, the internet giant added how dark mode can use 43 percent less power at full brightness than "normal mode" in the YouTube app which traditionally uses a lot of white, according to Business Insider.

How to Switch to Dark Mode

  • Go to Settings on Android phone
  • Open the Display option and scroll down to select Theme
  • From there, select between three options (as shown below)
  • Dark mode is activated on the device

Select between these themes for your phone. 

The tech giant reportedly acknowledged its mistake of encouraging app developers to use the colour white for their applications, including its own apps.

Since the inception of Google's "Material Design" initiative, the company had been pushing for the use of colour white, thus, encouraging designers to use white as their primary colour for all apps and interfaces.

Google has also pushed for Android 9.0 Pie to become intuitive about battery usage. For this it has added features like Advance battery management, along with switching off apps running in the background for a long time.

(With IANS inputs)

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