I bought brand new Xperia Z1 compact for my girlfriend, but she complains she don't like light colors in all menus (like settings). Personally I don't like it either in my Xperias.

Is there any tool or other method which allows switching theme of the colors in menu to light letters on dark background? I am not interested in rooting the phone and invalidate warranty.

  • If this device is rooted, you can try this tutorial (I didn't try it). If not, you can use Big Launcher, this app has some apps dark theme, such as phone and messaging. – خالد محمود Mar 31 '16 at 23:48
  • None of those answer the OP's question. The launcher doesn't make any difference, because with any launcher you can set the background/wallpaper to something dark. That tutorial doesn't have any instructions on how to change the colors, although you may be able to with Xposed. – Aaron Gillion Apr 1 '16 at 1:34

No, you can't do this without rooting or installing a custom ROM. Some apps allow you to select from predefined themes within the app, and you can install a custom launcher to change the appearance of the home screen and app drawer (the list of apps), but you can't change the appearance of all apps.

If you could, there'd be no way for app authors to know what the app would look like on users' phones. For example, if an app had light-coloured background artwork or photo, with dark text, and you changed the text to light, it would no longer show up against the background image. People already complain that Android apps look less polished than iOS apps, and this would be even worse if app authors had to worry about text colours being different on different users' devices.

Samsung phones have an accessibility feature that colour-inverts the whole screen, in all apps. Even this doesn't quite do what you want, because of course if the app started out with light text on a dark background, it would be inverted to dark on a light background. It also makes the device pretty useless for looking at photos or other artwork, and makes colours ugly in all apps.

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  • Appearance is strong word here, I just would like to have light letters on dark background. It's very bad from Google's side they don't allow that. – Manveru Jul 23 '14 at 17:49

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