How To: Enable Dark Mode in Google Calendar

Enable Dark Mode in Google Calendar

If your mobile is running Android 10, iOS 13, or the newer version on either platform, you can have access to a system-wide dark theme. It does require developers to add support to their apps. Fortunately, Google has done a great job, enabling on most of its apps, including Google Calendar.

Google Calendar is a key component of many people's workflow. With dark mode, the popular productivity apps get even better thanks to increased battery life, reduced eye strain, and improved readability.

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Option 1: Android 10 & Later

Open the Google Calendar app. Press the hamburger menu in the top-left of the screen. Scroll down and press the "Settings" button, then select "General." Here, find and press the "Theme" button. A "Choose Theme" dialog will appear.

  • Light - Enable Light Theme
  • Dark - Enable Dark Theme
  • System Default (Android 10 or later) - Theme changes based on system settings

Choose "Dark Theme" to set it to dark mode regardless or choose "System Default," so it adjusts based on the systemwide-theme.

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Option 2: Android 7 Nougat - Android 9 Pie

For devices running Android 7 Nougat, 8 Oreo, or 9 Pie, you can still enable dark theme despite not having the systemwide option. To do so, open the Google Calendar app and select the hamburger menu in the top-left of the screen. Select "Settings," "General," and finally "Theme." A prompt will appear with the following options:

  • Light - Enable Light Theme
  • Dark - Enable Dark Theme
  • Set by Battery Saver (Android 9 Pie or older) - Dark theme enables when Battery Saver is activated.

Once dark mode is activated, you will find the entire Google Calendar app will have a dark theme. The highlighted colors may be different, the background and navigation bar will now be dark grey. With dark mode on, you will now increase your battery life and reduce eye strain.

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Option 3: iOS 13 or Later

iPhone users on iOS 13 or later will be able to activate dark mode on Google Calendar and all other apps, by enabling the dark theme in Settings. Open Settings, select "Display & Brightness," and choose "Dark."

However, there is a much faster way. By adding "Dark Mode" tile to Control Center, you can enable turn on dark theme in Google Calendar with one button.

Option 4: iOS 11 & Later

For older iPhones, there is an Accessibility setting that can double as a dark theme. Known as "Smart Invert," this feature switches the colors of most elements of an app, including white backgrounds to black and black text to white.

To enable select Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Display Accommodations –> Invert Colors –> Smart Invert. If you are using iOS 13 and later and wish to use this method, Apple change its location a bit to Settings –> Accessibility –> Display & Text Size –> Smart Invert. To save you some time, you can great an Accessibility Shortcut reduce activation to a triple-click of the Home or Side button.

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1 Comment

This changes the app only. The calendar and schedule widgets (which I use) however remain very very white. Is there a way in Android 9 to change even the widgets to dark? I know Google released a dark version, awhile ago, meaning the widgets were dark too! Great right? It only lasted a day before an update was issued and the widgets were back to their glorious white again. If I'd saved that apk file, I'd be fine. Is there a site to go to, to be able to download older versions of app releases? Anything I can do, or do I just have to be patient and wait for 10 to be released? I mean it's pretty much November, so it should be coming pretty soon. I hope!

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