How To Change The Color Of Your Apps

by David Valdez
How To Change The Color Of Your Apps
  1. There are endless customization options in Android Oreo. You can change the wallpaper, lock screen style, and even the colors of your apps. In this article, we’ll explain how to change the color of your apps in Android Oreo. Reducing blue light exposure before bedtime has been shown to help people sleep better by reducing the amount of time it takes them to fall asleep and increasing the duration of their sleep. Google implemented a way to adjust the hue of your Android device in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL so that it has a redder tint when you’re winding down for bed. That’s not all there is to it, though. There are several other reasons why you might want to change the color of your apps in Android Oreo.

How To Change The Color Of Your Apps

  1. On your Android device, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Display > Advanced > Night Light.
  3. Tap the toggle next to Night Light and choose your preferred color temperature from the slider that appears.
  4. Tap Bedtime and set a time for Night Light to turn on automatically at night (in hours). You can also set a reminder to turn on Night Light if you wish by tapping When To Start and selecting an option from the drop-down menu, such as At Sunset or At A Specific Time.
  5. Tap Done when finished making your selections then tap back once more to return to the main settings menu, then tap Display > Advanced > Developer Options.
  6. Scroll down and look for Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale. Set these options to either off or 0x (off). This will make animations in Android Oreo faster, which is good if you’re using a device with less RAM such as the Moto G4 Plus or Redmi 4X (or any other budget phone, really). You can also set Animation Scales here if you want things like app drawer opening animation to be faster than they were before in Android Nougat or Marshmallow.
  7. After making your changes, press back until you return to your home screen then reboot your device by holding down power + volume down for about 10 seconds until you see the bootloader menu (or use this shortcut: Settings > System > Advanced > Reboot).
  8. Once your device reboots, go back to Settings > Display > Advanced and make sure that Night Light is still on. If it isn’t, toggle the switch next to Night Light so that it turns green.

Why You Should Change The Color Of Your Apps

  1. Night Light helps make your device easier on your eyes. If you have a large phone such as the Nexus 6P or Galaxy S8+, it’s also easier on your arms and hands, too.
  2. Apps that have white backgrounds can appear less bright (or even “washed out”) when Night Light is enabled. This is because the color temperature of your screen has been adjusted downwards by a few notches to make the screen less blue, which makes whites appear more yellow-ish and duller in comparison.
  3. You can set a reminder for Night Light to turn on at sunset automatically so that it doesn’t interfere with any alarms you may have set for the morning or if you want to use it as an additional blue light filter for reading eBooks or other content on your phone in low light situations.
  4. You can use Night Light as an additional blue light filter if you’re using apps like Twilight or f.lux on your computer while browsing the web to make things easier on your eyes (Flux will turn off automatically when you enable Night Light). I also like Twilight because it allows me to adjust the tint of my screen manually and there are several different themes available (you can even edit them using Xposed modules if you wish).
  5. You can set animations in Android Oreo faster than they were before, which makes everything seem snappier and less laggy if you have a budget device with less RAM.
  6. You can set your Android Oreo device to display the battery percentage in the status bar no matter what the theme of your device is by going to Settings > System > Battery. This is helpful if you own a device with an AMOLED display because it will let you know when your battery is getting low without having to open up an app or go into settings.
  7. You can use Night Light as a blue light filter for people who have trouble sleeping if they use their phone or tablet at night before going to bed or for people who work night shifts and need to see their screen at work without being blinded by blue light.
  8. You can make all of your apps match the color temperature of your screen (or Night Light) by setting them all to white (or whatever color you prefer) and then changing Night Light’s temperature accordingly so that they all match and look more uniform with each other. 9 . If you have apps that are heavily themed, such as Facebook Messenger, YouTube Music, Snapchat, or any other app that has a custom theme, it might be worthwhile changing their background colors so that they don’t look out of place with the rest of your device’s UI.

How To Change The Color Of Apps On Android Oreo 8.0 & 8.1 Oreo

  • Go into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced and tap on Default Apps at the bottom of the list then tap on the app you want to change the color of.
  • Select color and tap OK to save your settings.
  • You can also change the color of apps that are already installed on your device by tapping on the overflow menu button (three vertical dots) then tapping on Display colors and choosing a theme.
  • You can also change the color of apps that are already installed on your device by tapping on the overflow menu button (three vertical dots) then tapping on Display colors and choosing a theme.
  • If you want to uninstall an app that you’ve set its display colors, go into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced and tap on Default Apps at the bottom of the list then tap Uninstall for any app you wish to remove from your device.
  • If you have several apps that have been set to white and you want them all to be different from each other, I recommend going into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced and unchecking Use system defaults so that they don’t automatically change back to white if Night Light is enabled or if you use another blue light filter such as Twilight or f.lux. This will ensure they always stay whatever color(s) you choose for them even when Night Light is enabled or an alternative blue light filter is being used instead.

Bottom Line

The color of your apps can have a significant impact on your mood, attention span, and more. Android Oreo offers many different options when it comes to app color, so you can choose the color that works best for you. If you feel like your attention span is low while using one type of app over another, try changing the color of the apps to see if that helps. And don’t forget that this is useful for more than just yourself. You can use the app color feature on a device that you share with others to make the device less distracting for whoever is using it at the time.

FAQs:

Q1: Why is the color not changing?

A1: You should restart your device after you’ve changed the color to make sure your app’s new color takes effect.

Q2: What if I don’t want my apps to change colors?

A2: Go into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced and uncheck Default apps at the bottom of the list then tap Default app settings for any app you wish to disable its ability to change colors.

Q3: What if I want my apps to change colors and I don’t want them to change back when Night Light is enabled?

A3: Go into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced and check Use system defaults so that they don’t automatically change back to white if Night Light is enabled or if you use another blue light filter such as Twilight or f.lux.

Q4: Why can’t I see the Display colors option in Settings?

A4: You must have an Android 8.0+ device that was purchased from the Google Store, Project Fi, or a device that was originally sold with Android 8.0+. It’s possible your device is running a custom ROM, so I recommend contacting your ROM developer for support instead of asking the Android Central community for help.

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