Google Gmail app gets Dark Mode Setting with the new update

On September 3 in the Android 10 Release, Google rolled out system-wide dark mode. It targeted to implement the settings in all its first-party apps. But there were a couple of apps which got left behind. They were Gmail and the Google Play Store. Keeping its promise, almost after a week, Google has finally begun rolling out a dark mode for its Gmail app.

The latest version is available in the Gmail release (2019.08.18.267044774) and can be downloaded from the PlayStore. It can also be sideloaded from APKMirror.

The app’s background is of dark grey colour, a darker shade in Material Design. One can find the compose mail and messages screen adjusting to the dark mode easily. Initially, some might find it hard to concentrate with all the inbox folders and most emails having white text on top of the dark background. But it is always welcome to have a dark theme giving an option that’s easier on the eyes.

How To Activate Gmail’s Dark Mode?

  1. Download the latest version of Gmail on phone

    Open the Gmail app on your smartphone

  2. Tap the three stacked lines “hamburger” icon

    Go to “General Settings”
    Select the “Theme” option

  3. Choose any one from three different shades of grey – light or dark version, and the “System default”

    In older versions of Android, the above steps need to be executed
    For Android 10 users, there is an automatic switch to the dark mode when the system-level toggle is implemented

If you recall, Google during the launch of Android 10 had teased dark themed Gmail app and many more features on the Android website. It had released dark mode settings of Android for beta testing as early as 2019. As of now the rollout of Gmail app dark-themed feature is not uniform and may not yet be available for everyone. But it is always safe to patiently wait for the update to hit your device.

A similar dark mode rollout is now being waited for the Google Play Store app too. But it is guessed that it will take time to happen because of its interface which relies majorly on the presence of all app icons.

Written by Rashmi


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