April 1, 2020
how to enable Android Gmail dark mode

Here’s Two Ways to Turn On the Gmail Dark Theme for the Android App

These two methods will let Android users switch over to Gmail’s dark mode inside the mobile app, but there’s a catch, of course…

Dark themes are fast becoming ubiquitous on mobile applications, with plenty of anecdotal evidence by way of unscientific polls clearly showing people prefer a dark background to stark white. Not only is it easier on the eyes, but also helps save battery life.

Thankfully, a good number of Google’s apps and other services have an option to switch over. Gmail is one such example, but unfortunately, it’s limited at the time — which is the caveat. (Though, it will likely become more available in the not-too-distant future.)

How to Enable the Gmail Android App Dark Mode Option

For Android users, turning on the dark theme is fairly simple by following these steps:

  1. Update to the latest version of the Gmail mobile app for Android on the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the application after updating to the most recent release.
  3. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines in the upper left).
  4. Scroll down to Settings
  5. Next, tap General Settings.
  6. Tap on Theme and select Dark.

Alternatively, there’s another way to enable the Dark theme through the system-wide settings in Android 10, which will automatically work with the Gmail mobile app.

How to Turn On Android 10 Sytem-Wide Dark Mode

It’s also possible to switch on dark mode in the system settings for Android 10 and Gmail will automatically follow:

  1. Open the Android system settings.
  2. Tap on Display.
  3. Toggle toggle on Dark theme.

Dark mode will immediately appear, and will automatically be set as the default inside Gmail.

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