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Top 10 Launchers with Dark Mode for Android [2021]

Android launchers have always been one way to customize the look and feel of your home screen and app drawers. And Dark Mode has been one of the most important features to have ever come into existence. OEM launchers do not have a Dark Mode but are slowly adopting it as consumers want to enable the function without downloading a third-party launcher. However, there are lots of third-party launchers on the Play Store that have the Dark Mode option. Here we will list the 10 best launchers with dark mode for Android.

Dark Mode on Android came around in 2019 alongside Android 10. Since then, Dark Mode has made its way through a large number of popular apps as it helps in reducing eye strain and battery consumption. Of course, nowadays a lot of devices do have system-wide dark mode but, does your launcher have it? Today we’ll be talking about the 10 best Android Launchers with Dark Mode. While some of these launchers are ad-free, some of them aren’t.

If you want to know what are the best 10 ad-free launchers on Android you can check them out here. Let’s get on with Android Launchers that let you enable Dark Mode. Remember the numbering mentioned here does not show ranking or popularity.

Best Dark Mode Launchers for Android

1. Poco Launcher 2.0 by Xiaomi

When you think of Xiaomi the only thing that comes to your mind is MIUI. The Poco Launcher doesn’t scream a bit of MIUI. It in fact feels like a pretty modern launcher that lets you arrange your apps based on icon colors. You can even arrange the apps based on categories. Since it’s a Xiaomi app you may or may not see ads of any sorts, though its Google Play Store listing shows that it has ads.

Dark Launchers

If you want to enable Dark Mode on the Poco launcher, just long-press on an empty space on your home screen. You’ll see settings towards your right. Tap on Settings > More > Backgrounds. Here you choose between Light and Dark Mode. You’ll also be able to change the app drawer’s background transparency as well. The launcher scores 4.6 stars out of 5 and weighs in at 18 MB. Given the popularity of Xiaomi and this particular Poco Launched, the app has around 10 million downloads. This dark mode launcher is free to download and may contain ads.

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2. Microsoft Launcher by Microsoft Corporation

This launcher needs no introduction. One of the finest launchers with Microsoft Apps integration for Android. Works like a charm if you have a Microsoft account linked to it. And the Microsoft Launcher also offers a Dark Mode option.

Dark Launchers

To enable dark mode on Microsoft launcher, simply open the launcher settings app that’s placed on your home screen. Now Select Themes and change it from Light to Dark. All your launcher widgets and the app drawer’s card will now turn dark. The launcher scores 4.7 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 15 MB. The app has around 10 million+ downloads. Microsoft Launcher is available for free and has no ads and in-app purchases.

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3. Hyperion Launcher by prjkt.io

If stock Android is what you are all about, then the Hyperion Launcher is the most suitable launcher with Dark Mode. A simple and clean launcher with basic settings for icon sizes, colors, widgets, and the desktop.

Dark Mode Launchers

Enabling Dark Mode on Hyperion is pretty simple as most of the launchers out there. Simply long-press your home screen to get to Hyperion’s settings. Select Colors to change the theme of your launcher. You can select between Light, Dark, Black, and Transparent. The app is free to download, ad-free, and has in-app purchases to make changes to other items in the launcher. The launcher scores 4.1 out of 5 stars and weighs in at just 3.8 MB. Lightest launcher right after Shade and CPL Launcher. The app has 1 million + downloads so far. If you are using this launcher, then let us know if it deserves a place in the dark mode launchers list.

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4. Lawnchair 2 by deletescape

Just like Hyperion, Lawnchair is another lightweight minimal settings launcher. It gives you the feel of Stock Android right away. Even the date and time widgets of this dark mode launcher give you a very Pixel-like feel. This one’s a smart launcher when it comes to enabling Dark Mode. Based on your wallpaper’s colors it automatically sets the theme to dark. Though you can always manually set up dark mode.

Dark Mode Launchers

Simply long-press on the home screen, tap on Home Settings > Themes. Now under Style, tap on Appearance > Dark Theme. Here you can set your launcher to enable or disable dark mode by the system, or even schedule by time. Select Enable and your launcher have Dark Mode enabled. Lawnchair 2 scores 4.3 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 5.1 MB. The launcher is completely free with no ads and in-app purchases and has 1 million downloads.

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5. Customized Pixel Launcher by whataudoinghere

The launcher’s name itself tells you what you’re about to expect. A totally Pixelified look right away. Great for those who like the Android Stock experience look and feel at the home screen. Well, there are a lot of Android launchers that bring you the Pixel Experience. And this is an advantage for users as they can pick the launcher that they like. CPL also offers the Dark Mode option and you can consider it if you are looking for best Dark Mode launchers.

Dark Mode Launchers

Setting Dark Mode in CPL is the same as other launchers in the list. Long press the home screen and tap on Home Settings that sits at the bottom of the screen. Now select Theme and then choose the kind of theme you like. There’s Light, Dark, and Black with options to set your text colors for a particular theme. CPL scores 4.2 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 3.1 MB. The launcher is free to download without ads and has a few in-app purchases that unlock a few features. The launcher has around 1 million + downloads.

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6. Shade Launcher by Amir Zaidi

Here’s another launcher in the dark launcher’s list that got the stock Android feel and look. Shade Launcher a very basic barebones launcher. Has everything that you would need to make the launcher tasteful for yourself.

best launchers with dark mode

To enable Dark Mode, simply long-press on the home screen and select Home Settings. Now, tap on Theme and select between Light, Dark and automatic. This little launcher scores 4.2 out of 5 stars and weighs the lightest at just 1.8 MB. The launcher is completely free with no ads and no in-app purchases. The app has around 1 million downloads and it’s a launcher I’d suggest for those with low spec or really old Android devices as it’ll run quite smoothly without consuming resources.

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7. Yandex Launcher by Yandex

Now this one’s an unexpected entry. Yes, it’s the Russian variant of Google and all that. But hear me out! It’s a good dark launcher and it’s worth trying. Yes, there are a few ads here and there but they don’t cover up the whole screen and annoy you. Yandex Launcher has its news discover feed that brings you news from regions that you can select. Apart from that, the functioning of this browser is similar to that of the Poco Launcher. Anyways you can enable dark mode on this launcher, but it’s a bit different as compared to most of the launchers out there.

best launchers with dark mode

Simply long-press on the home screen to bring the sliding personalization menu. Now tap on Themes. Now select Colors. You’ll see two options one for interface and the other for background color. You get to choose from the color options that are available and that’s how you can enable dark mode on Yandex. Yandex is free to download and has ads with no in-app purchases. The launcher scores 4.6 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 42 MB. One of the bigger launchers on the list in terms of app size. The Russian giant’s launcher currently has 5 million+ downloads.

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8. Action Launcher Pixel Edition by Action Launcher

The name describes it all. Yes, another Pixel-like launcher that has a Dark Mode option. The free version of Action Launcher lets you customize all the basic stuff, but you miss out on a few things like an all-Black Mode for the launcher, icon indicators, and even app opening animations. But you can use the Dark Mode in the launcher.

best launchers with dark mode

Setting up Dark Mode on Action launcher is quite easy. Simply open the Action Launcher settings shortcut on your home screen and select Quick themes. Here you change the theme to Light, Dark, or by battery saver. The Black Mode unfortunately requires you to have the Pro version of Action Launcher. Freely available to download from the Play Store, it scores 3.8 out of 5 stars and weighs in at 13 MB. The app contains a few ads that can be removed with the help of in-app purchases. The app has around 5 million + downloads. Now we are heading to the last section of the Dark Mode launcher article. What is your opinion on the above launchers in the list? Let us know.

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9. Rootless Launcher by Amir Zaidi

If you are looking for a really tiny launcher that won’t hog up space and resources this is the route to go. Rootless Pixel Launcher can be described as a lite version of Pixel Launcher. With such minimum customization tools, it’s more than enough for a user who cares less about features or functionality. You also get the added functionality of using Dark Mode on this launcher.

best launchers with dark mode

Enabling Dark mode in Rootless Launcher is simple. Long press on the home screen and tap on Home Settings. Navigate to Theme and choose between Automatic, Light, Dark, Default, and Transparent. This launcher is by the same developer for Shade Launcher. The app is free to download and is free from in-app ads and in-app purchases. Scoring 4.2 stars out of 5 the app has been downloaded more than 1 million times, thanks to its super small size of around 1 MB.

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10. Nova Launcher by TeslaCoil Software

The best for the last yet again. Nova needs literally no explanation whatsoever. One of the best launchers out on the Play Store. Feature-rich and light on the device, Nova Launcher rules the roost. The Dark Mode launchers list is incomplete if we don’t include Nova Launcher. It is a launcher popular for customization.

Dark Launchers

To enable Dark Mode on Nova Launcher is quite simple. As usual, long press on the home screen, tap on Settings, and select Night Mode. Here you the option of setting it On, Off, Automatic, or Custom. You can also set the dark mode color as well as where all you want to apply it. Nova is free to download from the Play Store and has an in-app purchase for Nova Prime that unlocks all the features. Would recommend purchasing Nova Prime when it’s on sale and discounted at a really good price. The app scores 4.6 out of 5 stars and weighs 7 MB. Being one of the most popular launchers, it easily boasts of its 50 million + downloads.

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Conclusion

Most of the launchers mentioned here have the ability to enable Dark Mode automatically based on time. While some of them change modes based on the wallpaper you select while others like Nova Launcher ask you if you wish to enable Dark Mode right away in the beginning itself i.e. the first time you launch it. Some launchers are also able to adjust based on your phone’s theme. Which one of these is your favorite launcher with Dark Mode? Do let us know in the comments!

So that’s all on the best dark mode launchers for Android. I hope you find your next favorite launcher from the list. Enjoy your launcher with Dark Mode.

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