Dark mode for Gmail finally arrives on Android 10

Dark mode for Gmail finally arrives on Android 10
A little more than a week ago, we asked why the majority of Android users had yet to receive Dark mode for the Gmail app. After all, Google had reportedly been rolling out this option on Gmail for Android back in September. Well, for those of you who have been waiting, we have some good news; this morning we opened the Gmail app on our Pixel 2 XL running Android 10, and it was in Dark mode.

With Dark mode, apps appear with a dark background and white text as opposed to the usual Light mode. The latter, with a searing white background and black text, can be a strain to the eyes and downright annoying to others in dark rooms or at night. In addition, apps that use a pure black background for Dark mode can save battery life on phones sporting an AMOLED display. That's because to create the color black on such a screen, the appropriate pixels are turned off. Pixels that are not on do not draw power from the battery.

To enable Dark mode on Gmail for Android, tap the hamburger menu icon on the left side of the search bar. Scroll down to Settings and tap on General settings and then Theme. You will see three options: Light (which keeps the usual white background and black text), Dark (black background with white text) and System default (the setting is based on whether the system-wide Dark mode on Android 10 has been toggled on).


So if you are using a phone running the latest build of Android, open Gmail and follow the above directions to see if you have finally received Dark mode for the app. Google has now finally added the feature to two apps that users have been dying to see with it: the Google Play Store and Gmail. Just about every core Google app now can be viewed in Dark mode.

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8 Comments

1. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, what’s the point of this when the vast majority of even Flagship Androids don’t have Android 10 :’D

2. DBozz

Posts: 102; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Its bulls**t when u get dark mode for app only if the total os got changed to 10...! I dont whats the prob for Google just to change the color for an app...

3. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Exactly. Im on pie and knowing LG I'll probably change phones before android 10 ever gets released. Switching from iOS was huge mistake.

5. seanthepage

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

If you're gonna switch from iOS to Android get a Pixel

4. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

The feature will not be limited to Android 10... My phone is on pie and Google play store, Instagram, YouTube etc has dark mode. What's the purpose of this article really? On a side note, now I'm just waiting for WhatsApp to go dark.

8. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Actually, the ability to set Dark mode for Gmail based on the setting of the system-wide Dark mode toggle is available for Android 10 only. And no one said that Dark mode isn't coming to other builds. Regards, Alan

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1946; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Was pleasantly surprised by this when I opened Gmail yesterday on my 3a.

7. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

OH M GEE! NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME! Just read this morning & checked my Gmail on my Essential Phone with Android 10, and boom, no blinding white screen.

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