Google finally confirms something people have long suspected — dark mode on Android phones saves battery life

Google Pixel 3XL

  • Google showcased how the “dark mode” option on mobile operating systems and apps uses less power and drains battery less quickly. 
  • The dark mode option changes the primary color theme of an app to the color black.
  • The company also admitted that it had made a mistake in encouraging app developers to use the color white as the main color for their apps due to its negative effects on battery life. 

Dark mode saves lives. Battery lives, that is.

Google backed up the battery life benefits of “dark mode” on operating systems and apps in a presentation during the company’s Android Dev Summit on Thursday.

Dark mode is an option that changes the overall color theme of an operating system or app to the color black. It’s long been associated with better battery life on devices, especially mobile devices. Nevertheless, the benefits of dark mode are now officially endorsed by Google, one of the most influential tech companies in the world.

In one piece of data, Google showed how dark mode can use 43% less power at full brightness than “normal mode”

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