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:
- Update to the latest version of the Gmail mobile app for Android on the Google Play Store.
- Open the application after updating to the most recent release.
- Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines in the upper left).
- Scroll down to Settings
- Next, tap General Settings.
- 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:
- Open the Android system settings.
- Tap on Display.
- Toggle toggle on Dark theme.
Dark mode will immediately appear, and will automatically be set as the default inside Gmail.