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Android – How to detect if night mode is on when using AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_AUTO

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I’m using Androids built in day/night mode functionality and I’d like to add an option to my app for AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_AUTO

I’m having a problem though because my app requires certain things to be colored programmatically, and I can’t figure out how to check if the app considers itself in night or day mode. Without that, I can’t set a flag to choose the right colors.

Calling AppCompatDelegate.getDefaultNightMode() just returns AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_AUTO which is useless.

I don’t see anything else that would tell me, but there must be something?

How to&Answers:
int nightModeFlags =
    getContext().getResources().getConfiguration().uiMode &
    Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_MASK;
switch (nightModeFlags) {
    case Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_YES:
         doStuff();
         break;

    case Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_NO:
         doStuff();
         break;

    case Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_UNDEFINED:
         doStuff();
         break;
}

Answer:

If you are kotlin developer then you can use below code to judge dark mode.

 val mode = context?.resources?.configuration?.uiMode?.and(Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_MASK)
    when (mode) {
        Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_YES -> {}
        Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_NO -> {}
        Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_UNDEFINED -> {}
    }

For more about dark theme mode

https://github.com/googlesamples/android-DarkTheme/

Answer:

The bitwise operator in Java (which is used in @ephemient ‘s answer) is different
in kotlin so the code might not be easily convertible for beginners. Here is the kotlin version just in case someone needs it:

    private fun isUsingNightModeResources(): Boolean {
        return when (resources.configuration.uiMode and 
Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_MASK) {
            Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_YES -> true
            Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_NO -> false
            Configuration.UI_MODE_NIGHT_UNDEFINED -> false
            else -> false
    }
}

Answer:

A very simple solution is to add a string resource like this.

res/values/strings.xml

<string name="mode">Day</string>

res/values-night/strings.xml

<string name="mode">Night</string>

And then wherever you need to check it:

if (resources.getString(R.string.mode) == "Day") {
    // Do Day stuff here
} else {
    // Do night stuff here
}

But you CAN NOT call this before super.onCreate() in an activity’s life-cycle. It will always return “Day” before onCreate.