One of Android 10’s best new additions is the system-wide dark mode. With more apps now supporting the system, it is still a shame that scheduling in dark mode is not yet officially available in Android.
That seems set to change in a future Android 11 build, as a recent comment on the Google Issue Tracker has suggested the potential return of the feature that was available in early Android 10 beta builds (via XDA developers).
Seeing that we can schedule the day-to-day eye-saving Night Light, you’d expect the ability to set when you’re dipping apps into a dark theme. Google indicated that the initial removal was due to potential user experience problems with suddenly restarting applications while using them.
There is also the issue with apps that require local sunrise and sunset time tracking permissions. According to a Reddit AMA with part of the Android Developer Relations team Chris Banes, this is famously buggy.
We’re not sure when the Android 11 beta or preview will be released, but we can expect it will be launched at a time similar to the Android Q beta— which was released in March 2019. At some point in the first few betas, we could see dark mode scheduling with a full release alongside Android 11 in late 2020.
Thanks to a workaround using the Automatic Dark Theme for Android 10, there is a way to enable dark mode scheduling. What requires you to run those commands through ADB, however. While that’s awesome for those who want to automatically toggle up dark mode, it probably won’t match a stock implementation’s intuitive nature.