How to Use Dark Theme on Google Docs, Slides and Sheets


Google officially introduced the dark mode feature for its Android apps Docs, Sheets, and Slides

If you’re a fan of dark mode, and your workflow includes using Google Docs, Google Sheets , and Google Slides, then rejoice because Google has just rolled out a new update to support its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps with dark themes. Not only does a dark theme save your device’s battery, it’s also quick on the eyes so it doesn’t feel boring every time you look at the phone. So you can learn how to allow dark mode in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides on Android , iOS and the web by following this guide.

Remember, the dark theme feature is a recent release so there’s a chance you may not see it on your Android device right away, but be assured you’ll get the feature soon. As for our experience, on our Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 11 beta, we tried Google Docs dark mode and this works perfectly well.

Follow those steps to allow dark mode on your Android phone or tablet in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets.

  1. Open in your browser Google Docs, Slides, or Boards. The method of turning all those devices on dark mode is the same.
  2. Tap the icon on hamburger > go to Settings > tap Pick theme.
  3. Select Dark to allow the app to have dark mode.

However, if you want to preview a specific light-themed file without turning off the app’s dark theme, there’s a way to do that as well. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open in your browser Google Docs, Slides, or Boards.
  2. Seeing that dark theme is already on, open a file > tap the three-dot vertical
  3. icon > select View in Light theme.

How to allow dark mode on iOS with Google Docs, Slides and Sheets

You can allow dark mode on Google Docs, Slides and Sheets by tailoring a few settings on your iPhone or iPad. Take the measure, and later thank us.

  1. First, go to the App Store and download, if you haven’t already, Google Docs, Slides and Sheets on your iOS device.
  2. Now you’ll need to activate Smart Invert on your iOS device before you go ahead and open the Google apps. To do so, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Smart Invert switch to.
  3. Exit Settings and open any of Google’s favorite apps in question, you’ll find that the app will now run a darker theme.

By doing so, Google Docs, Slides and Sheets can preview your documents in dark mode, but when you exit the app, there are colors and elements in the iOS that don’t play well. This is because Smart Invert isn’t a perfect solution for dark mode. You should still turn off Smart Invert after using the Google software, in that case. But we can understand, it can be a long and tedious process to turn on / off Smart Invert, so follow these steps to make it faster.

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center > scroll down, and add Shortcuts to Usability.
  2. Go back > tap Accessibility > scroll down to the bottom and tap Shortcut Accessibility > Smart Invert test.

Now whenever you want to turn on Smart Invert, instead of going through the Settings menu, you can simply access the Control Centre on your iPhone or iPad, and enable or disable Smart Invert with just a single tap on the Accessibility Shortcut. You’re welcome.

How to enable dark mode in Google Docs, Slides and Web Sheets

Compared to iOS, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides don’t have an official way to toggle on dark theme when using these services on the site. Even, you can render those aforementioned apps run in dark mode by changing a few settings in Chrome. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your screen, and enter in the address bar chrome:/flags/#enable-force-dark.
  2. You can see Force Dark Mode as disabled for Web Content. Activate this tool, and restart Google Chrome.

Since this done, Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets can now be run in dark theme on Google Chrome.

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