Gmail starts rolling out Dark theme on Android and iOS; here’s how to turn it on

Android 10 and iOS 13’s system-wide dark mode didn’t apply to Gmail at launch and now the app supports it.


Google has started rolling out support for dark mode on the Gmail app on Android and iOS. While Android 10 and iOS 13 had introduced a system-wide dark theme setting, it didn’t apply to several apps, including Gmail.

Dark theme in the Gmail app on Android 10. Image: tech2/Abhijit Dey.

Dark theme in the Gmail app on Android 10. Image: tech2/Abhijit Dey.

To enable the dark theme in your Gmail app running on Android 10, head over to Settings > General settings > Theme and then select Dark. If you don’t see this option yet, you will have to probably wait out until the feature arrives on your device. At the time of writing this article, enabling the system-wide dark theme also turned Gmail into the dark mode while it was kept on the ‘System default’ setting under Themes. Dark theme in Gmail on Android 9 Pie is yet to be rolled out.

On iOS 13, you don’t need to change the theme since enabling system-wide dark theme will do it automatically in Gmail. If you’re on iOS 11 or 12, you can enable a dark theme by going to Settings > Dark Theme.

Dark theme has become quite a popular feature that ultimately pushed both Android and iOS to support it by default. Previously, manufacturers tried to add dark themes in their custom Android OSes but that wasn’t applicable on a system-wide basis.


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