If you’re a lover of dark mode and use Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides in your workflow, you’re in luck: Google has recently released a new feature that adds dark theme compatibility to its Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications.
A dark theme not only conserves the battery life of your device but is also easy on the eyes so that seeing the screen is not painful. You can enable dark mode on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android, iOS, and the web by following this guide.
How to Enable Dark Mode in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets on Android
Please note that the dark theme feature is still being rolled out, so there’s a chance you won’t see it on your Android device just yet, but you will soon. According to our experience, the dark mode in Google Docs runs flawlessly on our Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 11 beta.
Follow these instructions to enable dark mode on your Android smartphone or tablet for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets.
- On your device, open Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets. The technique to enable dark mode in each of these applications is identical.
- Hit the hamburger icon, navigate to Settings, and then tap Select theme.
- Select Dark to enable the app’s dark mode.
However, there is a technique to preview a specific file in a light theme without disabling the dark theme for the entire application. Follow the steps below.
- On your device, open Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets.
- Open a file > press the vertical three-dot icon > choose View in light theme, given that the dark theme is already enabled.
iOS Instructions for Enabling Dark Mode in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets
You can enable dark mode for Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets by adjusting a few settings on your iPhone or iPad. Follow the instructions and you can thank us later.
- If you haven’t already, go to the App Store and download Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets on your iOS device.
- Now, prior to launching the Google applications, you must enable Smart Invert on your iOS device. To accomplish this, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > enable Smart Invert.
- When you exit Settings and launch one of your preferred Google apps, you will observe that the program is now utilizing a darker theme.
This allows you to preview your documents in dark mode on Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets, but when you quit the app, iOS colors and elements do not play well with the dark mode. This is because Smart Invert is not an ideal solution for dark mode.
In this instance, you can always off Smart Invert once you’re through using Google apps. However, we recognize that the process to enable/disable Smart Invert might be lengthy and laborious; thus, please follow these steps to speed up the process.
- Add Accessibility Shortcuts by navigating to Settings > Control Centre > scrolling down to the bottom of the page.
- Go back; tap Accessibility; scroll to the bottom and tap Accessibility Shortcut; and then enable Smart Invert.
Instead of going through the Settings menu to enable Smart Invert, you can now enter the Control Centre on your iPhone or iPad and enable or disable Smart Invert with a single tap on the Accessibility Shortcut. You are very welcome.
Web-Based Instructions for Enabling Dark Mode in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets
Similar to iOS, there is no official way to activate the dark theme when using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web. Nonetheless, by modifying a few Chrome settings, you can make these applications operate in dark mode. Follow the steps below.
- Launch Google Chrome and type chrome:/flags/#enable-force-dark into the address bar.
- Force Dark Mode for Web Contents will appear disabled. Enable this option and then restart Chrome.
Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets are now compatible with Google Chrome’s dark style.