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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Google starts rolling out Dark mode for Gmail on Android

The Gmail app for Android is finally starting to support dark mode.

To access the Gmail app's dark mode, Pixel users with Android 10 need to download the latest version of Gmail on their phone. Then, they can go to settings, select the "theme" option, and chose between light, dark and a system default option, CNET reported on Wednesday.

Google introduced a system-wide Dark theme with Android 10 last week. However, not many Google apps support Dark mode as of now. To change that, Google is rolling out Dark mode to another Google app. Gmail for Android has started receiving the new mode through a server-side update.

Dark mode on Gmail for Android can be accessed by users running Android 10 on their phones. TYou'llneed to go to settings, select the "theme" option, and chose between light, dark and a system default option. The Dark option will turn the background of the Gmail app dark grey, along with all the inbox folders. Gmail now has three options: Light, Dark, and System default.

Everything in the app, including avatars and labels have been appropriately tweaked to be less bright and more muted on the new Dark mode. “A red accent colour is still leveraged to note what inbox you’re viewing. Other elements like the search bar use a lighter shade of grey to provide a better visual distinction. Gmail’s dark theme also extends to the compose screen and messages. While the body of an email leverages white text, signatures can be harder to see,” reports 9to5Google.

It must be noted that Version 2019.08.18.267044774 of Gmail is required to apply the new Dark mode. It is rolling out via Play Store today.

Gmail joins Google Fit, Photos, Keep, Drive, Chrome, Calculator, and more to the Google dark-themed apps list. This should make the end-user experience on Android 10 much better.

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