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How to Use Google Sheets in Dark Mode (on Mobile & Desktop)

A spreadsheet needs all your attention when trying to make sense of the data. Using Google Sheets in Dark Mode can help reduce digital eye strain, especially if you work in a darkened room at night. Here are a few ways to use Google Sheets in Dark Mode on your mobile and desktop.

How to Switch Google Sheets to Dark Mode in Mobile

A single Google Sheets setting enables you to view and use Google Sheets in dark mode on Android and iOS. The steps below are on iOS, though they are similar for Android and iOS. Note that the dark mode setting is applied to all the spreadsheets in the Google Sheet app and not to an individual sheet.

  • Open the Google Sheets app on your phone.
  • Tap the three-line hamburger icon for the menu on the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select Settings.
  • Select Theme > Dark. On Android, this option is labeled as Choose Theme.
  • Follow the same steps to arrive back at the Theme menu and select Light when you want to switch back.
  • The Google Sheets app will take on the System Default theme according to the option chosen in your mobile settings. So, don’t forget to check the default mobile theme setting too.

    View an Individual Google spreadsheet in the Light Mode

    The dark theme can also be applied to all spreadsheets within the Google Sheets app. While you can’t enable the dark theme for a specific spreadsheet, you can view one spreadsheet with the light theme (and vice-versa) when you want to.

  • Open the individual spreadsheet.
  • Select the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the screen
  • Toggle the View in light theme to green and switch the spreadsheet to a white background.
  • To return to the dark mode, toggle the View in light theme setting to the off position.
  • Use the System Dark Mode Settings in iOS and Android.

    You can use the system settings to use every app on your phone in dark mode. Of course, this system-wide switch also brings the dark mode to your spreadsheets if the System Default option is enabled in the Google Sheets app. The instructions below are on iOS.

  • Open Settings > Display & Brightness.
  • Select the screen thumbnail for Dark.
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