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Custom Theme Friday: Alternate Dark Theme

Today’s theme might be one of the cleanest we’ve seen in a while.  Brought to you by roberj13, Alternate Dark is now one of my favorite black and white themes of all time.  A themed ADW Launcher, widgets, settings menu and so much more make this a certified winner.

Oh, he’s even made separate versions for CyanogenMod and Sapphire so you’ve got some choices here.

Theme:  roberj13’s Alternate Dark


*Rooted Droid 1 users only.

1.  Install either CM6 RC2 or Sapphire 0.8.4 from ROM Manager.
2.  Open ROM Manager, choose “Download ROM” and scroll down to “roberj13.”
3.  Choose “Alternate Dark” and then CM6 RC2 or Sapphire 0.8.4 depending on step 1 choice.
4.  Phone will reboot and apply theme!  Enjoy!

If you don’t have ROM Manager, you can download this roberj13 theme here.  Donate link here.


  • C Hutchson

    I think that I'm about to get out of this one. Nothing is working correctly. The digital clock you can't even see, the google voice search force closes and beautiful widgets doesn't work. Any suggestions before I unload this app. Thanks

  • Paulforshee

    I put this theme on my D1 because i seem to love changing themes every other day. The lines that come out to meet on start-up would not meet.As soon as they started they would stop and it locked my phone completely up. When you take the battery out and put it back in you cant even go to the bootloader cause the phone automaticlly starts soon as the battery connects. I suppose it could have been ( JUST MY TIME ), who knows ?

  • rootislife

    love everything about this theme except that you cant see notifications or the time in the status bar…black on black doesnt work out there and you cant change the color. unless someones figured that out and would like to share! otherwise awesome theme!

  • This is a awesome theme! The only thing that bugs me is I can't read wats in the notification bar

  • Really Cool Looking, but has major problems, can't open Market, can't click on links.

  • Mtbtraks

    How do you change the Notification color so its not black?

    • Chris Nimon

      I dont know if it works with this theme but on CM6 RC2 you hit menu, settings, scroll down to Cyanogen settings, user interface, notifications colors, scroll down to custom notification bar and make sure its checked, then below that click Bar color and pick the color you want and touch the dot in the middle.

  • Tonygonzalez319

    does anybody have the link were I can get the droid-life wallpaper, I've used the download option from the site but when I install it say it doesn't work. thanks

  • Roberj13 is working on porting this to LithiumMod, Kangerade's replacement.

  • superchachi

    I really dig this. When in doubt, black it out. But I seem to have forgotten how to change the clock text in the notification bar back to white.

  • Flyinion

    Ok a bit OT, but seriously, how on EARTH do you log in here to Disqus so you can post from your droid? I find it odd that I can't post from my droid at all to a site for droids. If I try the mobile site I can put in a user name and password, but attempts to click the “login” button either don't work or I get the “register” screen. If I try it from the full site I can't even get the login popup. Are none of you posting from your phones?

    • Droidzilla

      Ditto to this. Ironically frustrating.

      • machinegun68

        Mine's been like that for a long time as well.

    • I'm posting from my phone. It took me a while but somehow I got it to register with Facebook.

      • Flyinion

        Maybe I should just try it with a 3rd party browser like XScope. It wouldn't be the first time the stock browser has caused issues lol. Logged in to online class the other night and couldn't scroll the screen, loaded XScope and set client to PC and bam no problem.

    • KaZx

      Log into discus from the official discus page then goto droid-life you should be logged in I had terrible time trying to reply until I found out that trick

    • Chris Nimon

      KaZx has it right, go to disqus.com on your phone, log in then go back to Droid-Life. You can also set disqus up to notify you when someone responds to your comments, much easier than refreshing all the time.

      • Flyinion

        Yep it already notifies me, it just drove me nuts that I couldn't seem to log in here, I think I'm going to try the login on Disqus to see if that fixes IE8 as well. IE8 never retains my log in, Firefox of course has no problem.

    • Just log in using twitter

  • Pimp Steak

    Anyone else having issues installing Sapphire? It downloads fine then “aborts” during re-boot (Droid 1). Lil' help would be appreciated!

  • Johnny G

    this F*cked up my phone… it would not fully boot

    • You did what I did, and tried to install it as a ROM. You HAVE to have CM6 or sapphire installed, and you HAVE to choose the right theme for your ROM. Do you have an Update.ZIP on the card? Or a Nandroid?

      • Pimp Steak

        I do but I'm thinking we would just install it the same way we did the 1st time…………when we rooted it initially. Yes?

      • Pimp Steak

        Well, tried that way as well. Still no luck

      • OLD DAWG

        I also tried to install as a ROM without knowing better. When I tried to reboot all I get is he Motorola symbol and it is frozen. It will not do anything. I am really panicked and don't know what to do.

        • Try rebooting while holding the x button. Hold until you get a black screen. You should have the option to reboot. That should revert you your previous set up. Happened to me a couple weeks ago

          • OLD DAWG

            Aran I have tried that. When i use the D-pad and highlight reboot now it comes back to the Motorola M and freezes.

          • How about rebooting the same way and hitting the “factory reset”. Should be able to start fresh the re-add ROM Manager. Restore your backup and be golden. This has helped me with times I've jacked my phone

          • OLD DAWG

            Aran I have done that also. The triangle screen has an error message at the bottom that recovery mode not available.
            I have tried the factory reset wipe, sd recovery and then clear cache and then hit start reboot. Then the Motorola M and it quits.

          • Do you have any old ROMs or on the sd card you can install so you can get the phone open and use ROM manager? I'm all out of ideas. Have you e-mailed droid-life?

          • Did you find a solution? What was it?

  • BigRed4X15

    So I am having a little trouble with Rom Manager. Once the theme is done downloading, I check the wipe and back up boxes, the phone restarts, the moto logo comes on for like 30 seconds and then the phone resets again and boots normally to the old rom. Anyone have this issue? I am currently running BB V0.4 with the black theme.

    • machinegun68

      Flash Alternate Recovery 1st. Then Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Then try it again.

      • BigRed4X15

        I know this is a little late, but THANKS!

    • Yea I get that problem sometimes. In Rom-manager, clear the download cache, then flash to sprecovery(on the bottom) then back to clockwork. Then flash clockwork an extra time. Then try it.

      • Thank you thank you thank you. If i had a vagina i would let you touch it. I have been going batshit crazy for about 2 hours now. I'm new to the root world thanks to droid mod. Still not sure of the proper way to overclock. I'm broke for a couple weeks. Not going to bother picking up set cpu until i can purchase the premium rom manager. Would like to check out jrummy's but that's in premium. Do you have any favorites you would like to suggest.

  • As many changes as I have ever made, I am stuck with simply stunning 4.5 for now. Just doesn't get any better in terms of look, feel, and speed. I know the theme you are sharing is a clean theme, but I had to share my story somewhere. (Running on the connery bond o.g. droid1)

  • So I got a preview of coming attractions earlier, and installed it wrong, and REALLY broke my phone. Almost fixed though, between my brains and Tim's neverending encouragement and knowledge.

  • Trdracer21

    how do u add these themes someone explain to me?

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Not really sure what you're asking, more specific please?

  • how fast is it.. has anyone ran quadrant on it?

  • barry

    Am I the only one who thinks themes are stupid? Not only this theme.. ALL themes. Total waste of time.

    • Droidzilla

      Yes. Yes you are.

    • t0ni

      No, you aren't this theme sucks.

    • Yeah buddy, your the only one that thinks so… Themes are a simple way to set these droid apart.. There not for everyone but there are some pretty cool looking ones out there. To each it's own

    • davesdroid

      Well hello Mr. Buzzkill. Why the hell are you even reading a post about theming then

  • duckphan

    I tried to install themes over CM6 the other day, but get force closes when applying the theme. I also can't seem to find sapphire in rom manager…any help?

    • nkhex19

      Sapphire is under cvpcs in ROM Manager.

      • duckphan

        thank you

  • YankInDaSouth

    Just installed this theme over Sapphire 0.8.4 this morning actually 🙂 It is pretty slick looking (just wish Launcher Pro would be themed as well). I should be content with this … for now anyway 😛

    • Themed LP? Can't you just theme it yourself?

      • YankInDaSouth

        I am talking about the icons that show up when you hit the menu button. Settings, search and wallpaper are set to the them, but add, notifications and preferences are not. Not a huge deal, but would be nice to have everything looking the same.

        • Gotcha. That would be nice. But LP updates about once a week so I think you would only be having it themed for a short amount of time 😛 lol

          • YankInDaSouth

            LOL – this is true!

  • Paradisimo

    Are there any themes for BB v0.4? Where's the love for Pete?

  • nkhex19

    JRummy has a new ROM in the works (Lithium Mod) and I believe roberj13 is working on porting this theme for that new ROM which should be released very soon.

    • Rodeojones000

      This is correct. roberj13 is indeed working on porting this theme to JRummy's new ROM. He posted a few screen shots of it via Twitter last night.

  • Chase

    Anyone know if this will work on FR01b? That's what I'm running, with a ULV 1ghz kernel from Chevy!

  • Flyinion

    So which would you guys run it over? CM or Sapphire? I've been wanting to try a CM ROM as I haven't had the chance yet because all the Froyo ROM's dropped around the time I rooted. I've been reading about a lot of market and other bugs with the CM release candidates though. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll port it for SS 4.5 🙂

    • kellex


      • Flyinion

        Hmmm RC1 or RC2? Will I need to find market fixes and such for it? Don't have a problem doing that, just not quite sure where to find them at.

    • YankInDaSouth

      I just flashed to Sapphire 0.8.4 yesterday and installed this theme this morning. So far VERY nice! This is my first Sapphire ROM and I have to say this theme influenced my decision big time!

    • Droidzilla

      I just flashed CM6 RC2 (I was on RC1), and I seemed to have market issues. After several hours occupied working on the bike, though, things started to magically show up. Now it's up and running like a champ.

      • Daniel

        im also having problems with CM6 RC2. It wont allow me to import contacts from my gmail account. Also its a bit choppy.

  • Mrpicolas

    liking this but have had no good luck with cm6 as of late may have to load up sapphire.rigt now though i am enjoying bb 0.4 with black glass theme

  • keyblade02

    Been running this for days, its awesome.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    This looks tight, downloading now

    • kellex

      It should I'm guessing.

  • JosueD

    Can someone post that wallpaper please! I'm making a collection of Droid Life wallpapers.

    • kellex

      Oh yeah one sec.

      • JosueD

        Wow, That was fast, Your Awesome Thanks!

        • remember to share that collection with us some day =)

  • Markcollado

    1st = D