How to Use Google Photos in Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

How to Use Google Photos in Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

Google Photos is a great alternative to the native Photos application on iPhone and iPad. The fantastic image display and editing features, combined with unlimited photo and video backups, make it absolutely a must-have on your device.


But what Google Photos doesn’t have is dark mode. Most native and third party applications have used a darker color scheme for a while. So interacting with Google Photos is made for a mixed experience – especially late at night.

Luckily, Google finally added dark mode support with the version of Google Photos 4.49. If you are using an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 / iPadOS or higher, you should have no difficulty using the application in dark mode.

Enabling Dark Mode on Google Photos

Before you start using Google Photos in dark mode, make sure to update the application – it must run on version 4.49 or higher to work in dark mode. Open the App Store, search for Google Photos, then tap Update. After Google Photos are updated, you are ready to go.


The dark mode functionality in Google Photos is related to the color scheme of your iPhone and iPad. So you need to change your iPhone or iPad interface to dark mode, and Google Photos will change the color theme automatically.

If you have been using iOS 13 or iPadOS for a while, it might already know about how dark mode works on your device. Start by opening the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. On iPhones with Face ID, this requires sliding downward from the top right-hand corner of the screen – the same movement applies to all iPads running iPadOS. If you are using an iPhone with the Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

In the Control Center, do the Haptic touch (long press) or the 3D Touch gesture on the Brightness bar – once zoomed in, tap the Dark Mode icon at the bottom of the screen.


And voila! It will activate dark mode for all devices, which includes Google Photos and other supported applications.

The Google Photos application looks great in dark mode and is a party for the eyes. This works well in all applications – you can find it in the four main tabs, Settings panel, photo editing screen, etc. Even the font looks rather dim and doesn’t look flashy against a dark background.


Besides aesthetics, using the application in dark mode does not result in better battery life for iPhones with OLED displays. However, the dark mode on Google Photos is actually not ‘dark’ – if you look closely, this is the deepest grayish. The color still looks fantastic, but only perfect black pixels means battery savings. Disappointment

There is no devotion option to enable dark mode on Google Photos. You must enable dark mode for the entire iPhone or iPad, even if you only want to use Google Photos in dark mode.

However, you can make the whole process of changing color modes a little easier. For this, you must place the Dark Mode control in the main area of the Control Center.

Start by going to iPhone / iPad Settings> Control Center> Adjust Control. From this screen, add Dark Mode to the list of active controls.


You can then eject the Control Center and quickly activate / deactivate dark mode every time you use Google Photos. The tap must be Haptic Touch or 3D Touch the Brightness bar. It also works for other applications.

Google Photos in Dark Mode – iOS 12 and Previous

If your iPhone or iPad isn’t able to run at least iOS 13 or iPadOS, then don’t give up. You can still use Google Photos in dark mode using the Smart Invert function built in iOS 12 and before.

Smart Invert works by reversing the colors on your screen to produce a dark mode effect. But it’s ‘smart’ enough to leave an image alone.

Just go to the iPhone / iPad Settings app> General> Accessibility> Accessibility Shortcuts, then enable Smart Invert Colors as Accessibility Shortcuts.


Whenever you want to use Google Photos, or other applications, in dark mode, press the Home or Power button (on a device with Face ID) three times. To turn off Smart Reversal, triple-click the Home or Power button again.

Do not be late

Google Photos look amazing in dark mode. Finally, you can use it at night without your blind eyes. However, Google Photos requires its own separate dark toggle mode – the photo gallery application generally looks good in dark mode, but having to change the color mode for the whole iPhone doesn’t cut it. Also, what about some perfect black pixels? The battery life is also important.

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