Android Q Beta introduced a system-wide dark mode which the company had been pushing across several applications. The problem with this experimental dark mode was that it was half-cooked. Google Photos was one of the applications that negatively affected the dark mode as most of the options were unreadable. What was more problematic was the removal of disabling dark mode in the Android Q Beta. Currently, there’s no easy way out of this dark mode, unless you use the adb method which was first spotted on xda.
Disable Dark Mode in Android Q Beta
In order to enable or disable dark mode in Android Q beta, you first need to install adb tools on your computer or mac. Once it is installed, follow these easy steps –
- Open the command window or PowerShell in the same directory adb tools is installed. For me – The directory is C:\platform-tools.
- Enter the command ./adb if using PowerShell and make sure it is able to recognize the adb command. For Mac terminal or command prompt, simply enter adb without “./”.
- Enter the next command to disable dark mode –
adb shell settings put secure ui_night_mode 1
- If you want to enable the dark mode again, enter this command –
adb shell settings put secure ui_night_mode 2
- Restart the Pixel phone and check if the dark mode has been toggled or not.
It is not clear why Google decided to hide this option completely. There seems to be only one explanation from our standpoint – It is temporary and wasn’t intended.
Source – xda-developers
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