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LWP+ lets you force Android 8.1 Oreo's dark theme with any wallpaper

Google introduced a lot of fun software goodies with the Pixel 2, one of which is a dark theme that can be enabled depending on which wallpaper you're rocking. If you add a dark enough wallpaper to your home screen, Android's stark white paint job in the quick settings, app drawer, folder backgrounds, and Google Feed page is replaced with a sleek, dark/black look.

This is a great step in the right direction for deeper user customization, but thanks to a new app called "LWP+", you can enable this dark mode with any wallpaper that you'd like.

After downloading LWP+, open the app, select the background image/wallpaper you want, enable the "Set as current live wallpaper" toggle at the top, and you'll instantly be rocking Android's dark mode.

I've been using the app just fine on my Pixel 2, but keep in mind you'll need to be running Android 8.1 or later in order for this to work.

LWP+ does give you the option of using custom primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, but I haven't been able to get this working even after multiple tries.

LWP+ weighs in at just 1.34MB, and for folks that want to use a dark mode 24/7, it's more than worth taking a look at.

Download: LWP+ (free) (opens in new tab)

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

14 Comments
  • Is this just for the Pixel?
  • No. According to what users reported on the XDA forum, works on other devices too.
  • Does not works if you actually use a live wallpaper as wallpaper :(
  • How could it?
    It's a live wallpaper.
    Doesn't make sense to have one that hosts another. There is no such a thing on Android
  • It doesn't work
  • didn't work for me on my PXL either
  • Did you guys do as on the video? Please try again.
    It works on Android 8.1.
    One way to check if it can do anything, is to first set a normal black wallpaper and see if it affects anything on the OS.
    If not, the app did all it can, because even a normal black wallpaper failed to do anything.
  • Worked for me, thanks
  • How can you get it to work with the Google Wallpaper app?
  • Download the wallpaper you wish, and then choose it from the settings.
    It can't, of course, host other wallpaper or live wallpaper, because it is a live wallpaper itself.
  • The thing I'd most like to have a Dark Theme is the Google Assistant on the phone. That thing in a dark room will burn out eyes, and then it leaves itself there after you're done lighting up the place.
  • In gutted, my Oukitel K6 "isn't compatible with this version" I'm running Nougat 7.1.1 so I assume you have to be on Oreo to be able to use this app, oh well I'll have to wait until I get my Pixel 2 XL.
  • Indeed. It works only on Android 8.1.
  • Best mod yet on my pixel XL