The dark mode trend has no signs of slowing down, and Gmail is one of the latest apps to receive a dark redesign.
It’s been a few months since iOS 13 and Android 10 were released, and although there was a system-wide dark mode, and despite being hugely popular on both operating systems, Gmail was one of the last major apps to receive a suitable new color scheme.
Gmail’s dark mode is available on both desktop and mobile (I’ll explain a few caveats), and there are plenty of reasons to try it out. First, according to Google’s own research, dark pixels consume significantly less power than white pixels. This means that using dark mode in Gmail lasts a bit longer while charging the battery if the app spends a lot of time.
The dark design is better on the eye than the striking white option, and the higher contrast between reading and unread messages makes it easier to manage your inbox.
Finally, it looks great. Google hasn’t been in a rush with Dark Mode for Gmail, and the extra time spent on the design really shows in our opinion.
How to Enable Dark Mode on The Desktop
To enable Gmail’s dark mode on your desktop, go to Gmail.com and click the gear-shaped ‘Settings’ icon in the top right corner of your profile picture. Select’Theme’, scroll past the various photo themes, then click on the black thumbnail (hover your mouse over it and you will see the label’Dark’).
How to Enable Dark Mode in Gmail for Android
First, make sure you have the latest version of the Gmail app installed by visiting the Google Play Store page and checking the update button. If that button does not appear, we recommend that you proceed.
If you have Android 10’s system-wide dark theme enabled, the app should automatically switch to the new look. Alternatively, you can manually enable it by tapping on the menu icon in the top left corner, scrolling down, and tapping on settings then general Settings’. Here you can change the Gmail theme to light, dark, or system default.
Sadly, dark mode is not available if you are using Android Pie or earlier, but if you visit Gmail.com in a web browser with dark mode enabled, you can still use Gmail in dark mode. This option is available in Chrome and Firefox previews for Android.
How to Enable Dark Mode in Gmail for IOS
Dark Mode for iOS takes a little longer to arrive than the Android version, and this option may not be available until Apple activates it on the server-side. Keep updating Gmail’s dark mode on iOS if it’s available globally.
If your phone uses system-wide dark mode, it will be activated automatically when a new option arrives. Alternatively, you can rotate it by tapping the hamburger menu in the Gmail app, selecting “Settings,” then tapping “Theme” and then “Dark”.
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