How to Enable the Black Theme and Night mode in VLC for Android

One of the cool features about VLC for Android is the ability for you to choose the interface and make it dark or light according to your preference. The options allow you to switch to a dark mode that’s on all the time and there’s also a day and night mode. The day and night mode switches between light and dark themes automatically, depending on the time. It’s a great feature if you are using this player around the clock. Night owls will find it useful when they’re using the app during night time.

Enable the Black Theme

To enable the black theme for VLC’s interface:

  • Tap on the hamburger  ☰ menu (three lines on the top-left)
  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down to Extra settings and tap on Interface.
  • Drag the Slider towards the right to Enable the black theme.
    Enable the Black Theme

The dark theme turns on immediately. The app will sort-of refresh and it will take you to the settings home.

Dark Theme Preview in VLC

You will notice that everything (menu bar, background etc) are now dark. It’s dark grey everywhere. It will stay till you turn the same option off. So, black everywhere 24/7 in VLC.

DayNight Mode

If you prefer to switch between day and night mode (Dark Grey theme vs the Light and Orange theme) automatically, then VLC will do it. It will go dark if it’s night time and will choose the orange theme if it is daytime. The app is smart enough to look at your local clock and do the switching itself. The options are present in the same interface settings but if you need the detail steps, here they are:

  • Go to ☰ Menu > Settings
  • Go down to the Extra settings heading and tap on Interface.
  • Drag the DayNight mode slider toward the right to turn it on.
    Day Night Mode

Make sure the clock on your Android device is accurate and VLC will do the rest.

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