Dark mode was already an option in Android 10, but users had to manually flick it on and off. Now a Googler has confirmed that the scheduling function will be included in a future Android update.
You could actually find a version of this scheduling feature in the beta version of Android 10. When it was first released, users could program dark mode to switch on and off according to the time of day. This was a nice little vision saver for tired eyes at bedtime; the screen was bright in the day, and darker at night, and it would switch between the two depending on when the sun rose and set each day.
However, this disappeared when Google rolled out the stable version of Android 10, leaving users scratching their heads as to why the popular setting had been dropped.
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Speaking with users in an AMA reddit thread, a Google staffer said: “There are a few reasons why this is deprecated (not removed) in AppCompat v1.1.0: it requires apps to request location permissions to be accurate, and even with a valid location the sunrise/sunset time calculations can be buggy.”
The staffer also went on to explain that calculating sunset/ sunrises times “are notoriously difficult, especially for locations close to north/south poles.”
It looks like the issues are resolved now and according to that Google Issue Tracker thread “it will become available in a future Android release.”
However, there’s no confirmation on when this will be released, so we’ll have to keep manually flicking on dark mode for now.