Gmail finally goes dark for iOS 13


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Gmail is the latest to pick up a brand-new dark mode for iOS 13.

Google started making the feature available to a small number of users back in September — but now all should be able to take advantage of it. And it looks particularly good on OLED displays.

Recent dark mode tests have proven what we already knew: Using darker wallpapers and apps on your OLED iPhone will significantly extend its battery life in between charges.

Dark mode is also easier on the eyes — especially at night — and it looks terrific, too. That’s why so many iOS apps are adding the feature after iOS 13 introduced a system-wide dark mode this fall.

Gmail is the latest to get onboard.

Gmail’s new dark mode is here

After testing dark mode in September with a small number of Gmail users, Google has started rolling it out to everyone. Ensure you have the latest version of the app installed to enjoy it.

Gmail should then switch between its dark and light modes automatically when dark mode is enabled or disabled on your iPhone or iPad. But you can toggle it manually.

To do this, simply tap the menu button inside the Gmail app, choose Settings and then Theme, and then select Dark.

Rolling out to everyone

You should receive the latest Gmail update in the coming days if you don’t already see it. Google is making it available to everyone, but with millions of Gmail users, new releases must be staggered.

If you choose to use an Android phone instead, you’ll be pleased to know Gmail’s dark mode is now available there, too. But you may need Android 10 to take advantage of it.

Other Google apps, like Maps and YouTube, have offered a dark mode for some time. Chrome is getting one, too, but we’re still waiting for dark mode to grace Docs, Sheets, and Slides.


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