Oh Look, Now Gmail Has A Dark Mode Too

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First it was YouTube. Then Chrome, followed by Android 10. Now, Google has applied its shadowy paintbrush to the world's most popular email client on Android. Here's how to get it.

Savvy Gmail users have been creating their own 'dark themes' for years via Google's user-defined custom themes - but now there's an official version painstakingly created by Google's design engineers.

As spotted by XDA Developers , the new mode can be found in the latest Gmail release for Android (2019.08.18.267044774). Like the version bestowed on Android 10 last week, it replaces Gmail's eye-searing whiteness with an elegant dark grey theme. And it looks great.

While the white text can take some getting used to, it's definitely easier on the eyes in the long run. The mode also conserves battery life on mobile devices.

The mode can be toggled by heading to Gmail's general settings and clicking on the new 'theme' option. You can choose between light, dark and the system default.

Here are the steps in more detail:

  1. Open the Gmail Android app.
  2. Tap the three stacked lines “hamburger” icon.
  3. Tap “general settings.”
  4. Look for the “theme” header.
  5. If you have the setting, tap it to select between Light or Dark themes, or “System default” to have the app follow your current OS-level theme settings.

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[Via XDA Developers]


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