By now, you probably know what two-factor authentication (2FA) is. If not, let’s explain what it does. 2FA adds a little extra layer of security when you log into an app. It does this by sending a code to your phone via SMS after you first try to log-in using your account username and password. It prevents someone from breaking into your account by taking a lucky guess at your password. Why? Because it means that the bad actor has to have your phone in his hand if he is going to see the code that will allow him or her to break in.
Google’s 2FA prompt for Android gets an update that includes Dark mode and more
The 2FA Prompt, at right, adds Dark mode following an update
If you take a look at what the screen looked like prior to the update, you can understand why it is was so important to offer it in Dark mode. When not in Dark mode, this page mostly consists of a blinding white background that looks like it can melt your retina. Apparently not all Android users have received the updated version of the prompt on their handset at this time. If you have yet to see the new Dark mode 2FA prompt on your phone, there is no need to have a hissy fit and send a message to Google saying how disappointed you are. After all, Google has its own problems that it needs to work on such as updating its iOS apps. That will set off requests from Apple for the information it needs to complete adding the App Tracker Privacy Labels on its listings inside the App Store.
To turn on system-wide Dark mode on your iPhone, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and select “Dark.” On Android 11, go to Settings > Display and toggle on or off Dark theme.