Gmail is stepping over to the dark side. The popular email app is getting the dark screen treatment as Google releases a dark mode feature for its flagship apps on Android. The rollout follows last week’s Android 10 launch on Google’s Pixel smartphones.
The 10th version of Android’s mobile operating system comes with a dark color scheme option. This feature lets users opt in to a black screen background with white text and makes it easier on sensitive eyes as it saves battery power.
But Gmail isn’t the only Google app featuring dark mode in Android 10. Users of the latest Android system will also get the dark theme for other flagship apps including Calendar and Photos. The tech company teased the feature on the Android website following Android 10’s launch last September 3.
Are you a Google Pixel user who wants to access Gmail’s dark mode? Make sure that you’re on Android 10 and get the latest version of Gmail from Google Play. After that, you can go to the general settings and tap on the “theme” option. This will allow you to choose between options: light, dark and system default. Choosing the dark option will turn the Gmail app background, inbox folders and emails appear in a shade of dark gray.
However, this might not be available for some Android 10 users. In which case, we suggest waiting patiently for the server-side update to reach your device.
Not a Google Pixel user? No worries. Android 10 will be rolling out on other Android smartphones later this 2019.
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.