Gmail gets dark theme with the latest update for Android and iOS


Google has announced an overhaul of all major apps to get the dark theme before Android 10 roll-out. Gmail just received the dark theme treatment, while many native apps are yet to receive. However, the company is yet to update the Play Store with a dark theme. Microsoft has already rolled out the dark theme to the Outlook app, and the rest of Office mobile apps are to follow. G Suite also set to receive the dark theme with the latest update.

The dark mode is widely popular among the users recently, as it reduces the strain on the eyes and also improves the battery life. Previously, third-party developers added dark mode to popular social media apps, and it received humongous fan following. So, Apple and Google decided to introduce a system-wide dark theme with their latest operating system, iOS 13 and Android 10, respectively. The latest Gmail app has a grey appearance while some other apps have AMOLED black. AMOLED black doesn’t necessarily improve the battery performance, but it is entirely in black. The dark theme can also be enabled within the app setting.

How to get dark theme in Gmail on Android?
  • Devices running on older Android versions, open Gmail, and navigate to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”
  • On Pixel devices, Gmail will automatically enable dark theme when battery saver is on.
  • Devices running on Android 10, navigate to Settings > Display and tap on the Dark theme toggle. Gmail will automatically respect the system default setting. 
How to get dark theme in Gmail on iOS?
  • Devices running on iOS 13, navigate to Display and Brightness > Tap on Dark mode. The app will automatically respect the system default setting. 
  • Devices running on iOS 11 or 12, navigate to Gmail app Settings > Theme and select “Dark”

The dark theme for Gmail started rolling out from September 24 and possibly take longer than 15 days to be available for everyone. You can sideload the latest apk, but you’ll need to have root access for the process to be successful.

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