Dark Mode or Dark Theme is the hottest topic in Android development right now. All the mainstream Android app developers are now rolling out Dark Mode support for their apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Reddit etc. This also includes Google’s ecosystem with the stunning Android Messages, Google Photos, YouTube, Chrome, News, and more. Today, Google’s most anticipated Search and Google Assistant apps are receiving dark mode via beta. Once the Google Search app is enabled with dark mode, the Google Assistant app will also automatically show dark theme as well.
Some apps like Messages and YouTube have the dark mode toggle right under the settings menu. However, for the Google app, it’s a server side switch. Apparently, the latest Google app beta is now getting the dark mode / night mode / dark theme across all devices globally. We will use the same technique to enable dark mode for Google’s Search and Assistant apps that we used for the Play Store dark theme. However, you will also need to toggle the Android’s devices’ Dark Mode or Night Mode (for Samsung) from the quick panels settings.
Android 10 and 9 Pie firmware update officially introduced dark mode for most smartphones including many third-party smartphone manufacturers as well. This includes Samsung phones with their popular OneUI firmware, OnePlus with Oxygen OS 10, Xiaomi devices with MIUI 10, Huawei with EMUI 9, or the Pixel phones based on stock Android 9 Pie or later. On Samsung OneUI, you will find this option termed Night Mode available right in the quick settings panel. For Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 you may need to manually enable dark it via simple ADB commands. OR, if your device have already received MIUI 11, it has a default dark theme option. Google Pixel, OnePlus, or Essential Phones can also force enable dark mode from Developer Settings to turn on dark mode for most apps. The name may vary from device manufacturer. It could be dark theme, dark mode, or night mode.
The dark mode Google Search app comes with v10.96.12.21.arm64 or later. The dark mode for Google Assistant comes with the same build of the Google app. The assistant app is a part of the search app now. So when the Google app has an activated dark mode, the Google Assistant app will too. In order to activate it, all you need to do is install the latest beta version from the Play Store onto your device. The latest APK links is available in the tutorial below. If the new design doesn’t show up immediately after the update, then you will need to force stop the app and restart it once.
How to enable Dark Theme for Google Search and Google Assistant app?
Here in this tutorial we will show you how to enable the most anticipated WhatsApp dark mode or theme instantly. However, for that you will first need to become a WhatsApp Beta Tester, then update the app and test the feature yourself. OR simply download the APK from above and install it.
- Enroll for Google App Beta testing program using this like to get the latest features before the stable channel.
- An update should appear in the Play Store shortly.
- Download and install latest Google app v10.96.12.21.arm64 APK or later from Play Store.
- Once the Google app has been updated, launch it.
- If you don’t see dark theme, you can go to More > Settings > General > Theme and Choose Dark.
- You may also need to force close the Google app.
- Go to Settings > Apps > Play Store > Google Force Stop. (You may also need to enable “show system apps” option)
- Also, enable Dark Mode / Night Mode / Dark Theme on your Android phone.
- Launch the app again.
There’s also a separate Google Assistant app on the Play Store, if you want a separate app. Sign up for the Google Assistant app beta testing program as well. That’s it. Enjoy Dark Mode on your Google app and Google Assistant. Thanks to u/BakaMin for the screenshots.