How to Turn on Gmail Dark Mode in Android and iOS

If you are a lover of dark mode themes on mobile devices, there is good news for you as Gmail has finally joined the bandwagon. Before now, the new feature has been on test mode but at the moment it is now official. In this post, I will be showing you how to turn on Gmail dark mode in Android and iOS devices.

With the latest version of Android and iOS, users can now apply a system wide dark theme across Google’s and Apple’s mobile operating systems. It is also important for you to note that the dark mode is not automatically applied everywhere, and a few popular apps (including Gmail) did not have a dark mode setting when Android 10 is shipped.

Like I said from the start, Google is now rolling out a dark mode setting for Gmail on Android 10 and iOS. The company is pushing out the update slowly (over a few weeks). So, if you do not have it yet, just chill for a while because it will get to you soon.

How to Turn on Gmail Dark Mode in Android and iOS

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Dark Mode on Apps

Dark mode has been on high demand even before Google and Apple embraced it. The popularity of dark modes for apps was already on an increase for Facebook Messenger and the Slack and Reddit apps.

When you are using dark modes on apps, you can conserve a bit of your battery life and your phone’s screen will be easier on your eyes at night. Google first of all introduced dark mode on Android Pie update earlier this year, but the theme did not show up everywhere.

With Android 10, dark mode is much more widespread, and apps that use the default system theme will automatically adopt the new dark mode when you turn it on, thereby inverting dark and light colours. The latest version of Apple’s iOS also applies the theme broadly, from wall paper, widgets and notifications to calendar and messages.

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Let me now show you how to turn on Gmail dark mode in Android and iOS.

How to Turn on Gmail Dark Mode in Android 10

Though many Google’s Android apps will adopt dark theme when you turn it on in the overall settings, you can switch it separately in Gmail. Let me show you how it can be done.

  • In the Gmail app on your phone, tap the “hamburger menu” in the top left.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list, and tap “Settings”.
  • Tap “General settings”.
  • At the top of the list, tap “Theme”.
  • Tap “Dark”, or if you’ve already set the dark theme as your system default, tap “System default”.
  • Set dark theme as the system default in Android 10

For those apps that automatically adopt the default system, here is how to turn on the dark theme.

  • In Settings, tap “Display”.
  • Near the bottom of the list of settings, toggle on “Dark theme”.

Next, is how you can turn on Gmail dark mode in iOS 13.

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How to Turn on Gmail Dark Mode in iOS 13

If you have already set tou iOS 13 device to use the new system-wide dark theme (by going to “Settings”, then “Display & Brightness” and then tapping “Dark”) Gmail by default will apply the theme once you receive the update from Google. But if you are using the iOS 13 light appearance theme, here is how to turn it on in Gmail when it becomes available to you.

  • In the Gmail app, tap the “hamburger menu” in the top left.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list, and tap “Settings”.
  • Tap “Theme”.
  • Tap “Dark”.

You can also enable the dark theme in iOS 11 and 12 by going to Gmail’s Settings and select Dark Theme.

Conclusion

Now, you have learnt how to turn on Gmail dark mode in Android and iOS devices, you should not hesitate to give it a try once the update gets to you. Dark mode is good for your eyes and your battery life as well, so you should start making use of it.

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Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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