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One UI 2.0 feature focus: Dark/Night mode darkens wallpaper as well

Samsung beat everyone to the punch by introducing a system-wide Night mode to its software with Android Pie, a year before something similar would become a part of the core Android OS. With Android 10, Samsung has renamed Night mode to Dark mode, which is what Google calls it on stock Android, and Samsung has also made a very sensible addition to the feature: Dark mode on Android 10 and One UI 2.0 can be made to darken the wallpaper as well.

If you have used Night mode extensively on a Galaxy S10 or another Galaxy device running Android Pie, you will realize why the option to darken the wallpaper is important. While the system-wide dark interface makes things easy on the eyes at night, it doesn’t help when you go to the home screen and you have a bright wallpaper active. On Android 10, that is no longer an issue.

If you want, you can make your home screen wallpaper darker when Dark mode is enabled. Don’t worry, Samsung doesn’t go overboard here, as you can see in the picture above (the left picture has the wallpaper darkened, the right one has the option turned off). The brightness of the wallpaper is reduced only to a slight extent, so you can still enjoy the wallpaper while preventing your eyes from getting blinded when using the phone in the dark.

You can set whether Dark mode darkens the wallpaper by opening the Settings app, tapping Display, tapping Dark mode, then toggling the Apply to wallpaper option. You can also schedule the times at which Dark mode should be enabled or disabled from the same menu, in addition to turning it off and on completely (which can also be done via the Dark mode toggle in the notification shade).

For more on what One UI 2.0 brings to the Galaxy S10 and other Galaxy devices, look forward to our One UI 2.0 feature focus articles in which we will be taking a deep dive into some of the new features.

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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techhahn
techhahn

Somehow camera quality degraded with one UI 2 update on s10e. Especially lowlight/artificial light. Photos come very bad, unusable at point.

Odin9126
Odin9126

On my side I noticed taking a picture became really slow.
I was part of the beta, so I was thinking official release would fix it. But it did not.

So, I simply wiped camera app data and gallery app data as well.
Then I just had to set my settings back (HEIC etc.) and the issue was fixed.

Maybe give it a try.

NicuPit
NicuPit

The icons look the same in Android 10 as they look on Android 9?Or they look different?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Samsung UI is the main reason why I stuck with the galaxy flagships. Hope that there will be option to turn the keyboard to dark mode too. Especially the Google keyboard.

Plus Never liked the stock android look or feel. Really hated the bubble around icons lol never found a way to change it like on my galaxy phones.

emelian
emelian

Samsung should change the wallpaper too according the night/normal mode, like iOS does

IJAZ M
IJAZ M

The reason why I love Samsung, always gives options for the consumers instead of impossing something new on them. Keep it up.

VCT.Gomes
VCT.Gomes

Excelente way! I’d like to see a option to select a wallpaper for dark mode and another for write mode too

emelian
emelian

I think exactly like you!

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

This is great; I hope Dark Mode will be a complete system wide feature.