Samsung’s Android devices let you adjust settings pretty much everywhere, and that includes full device themes. Starting with Android Pie, though, Samsung Themes which are free will only work for 14 days.

A notice has been going out today to Samsung users in the Samsung Themes store which describes a new policy change. Starting with Android 9 Pie, free themes will only work for 14 days before being automatically reverted back to the default “TouchWiz” theme. It’s not exactly clear why Samsung is making this change, but more than likely it is being made in an effort to push more theme sales.

Two notifications will be sent to users before the theme is changed back. The first notification will be the day before it reverts and will give some suggested alternative themes. The second notification will come in 10 minutes before it reverts.

Free themes will be usable for fourteen days once applied and the Home screen with automatically change to the default Touchwiz theme (no theme theme) when the usage period ends. Before the Home screen is changed to the default theme, we will provide two prior notifications to help you change the theme beforehand.

Of course, users won’t have to worry about this policy taking effect until next year when Android Pie starts rolling out. At that point, developers will also likely need to redesign their themes to work with Samsung’s new One UI.

More on Samsung:

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Ben Schoon

Ben is a writer and video producer for 9to5Google.

Find him on Twitter @NexusBen. Send tips to or encrypted to