How to Switch on dark mode for Gmail

How to activate dark mode on the desktop
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How to activate dark mode in Gmail for Android
How to activate dark mode in Gmail for iOS
It's been some months since iOS 13 and Android 10 arrived, with their
 system-wide dark modes, but despite being hugely popular on both
 operating systems, Gmail was one of the last major apps to receive a 
suitable new color scheme to match.
Dark mode for Gmail is available on both desktop and
 mobile (with a few caveats, as we'll explain), and there are 
lots of reasons to give it a try. Firstly, Google's own research
 indicates that darker pixels draw considerably less power than 
white ones, meaning dark mode for Gmail should make your battery 
last a little longer between charges if you're spending a lot of time
 in the app.
You might also find the dark design kinder to your eyes than the stark
 white option, and it provides more contrast between read and unread
 messages, which makes it easier to manage your inbox.
Finally, it just looks nice. Google didn't rush to release dark mode for
 Gmail, and the extra time spent on its design really shows, in our opinion. 
To activate dark mode for Gmail on the desktop, go to and 
click the 'Settings' icon (shaped like a gear) at the top right underneath 
your profile picture. Select 'Themes', scroll past the various picture
 themes and click the black thumbnail (the label 'Dark' appears
 when you hover over it).
Dark mode for Gmail on desktop
First make sure you have the latest version of the Gmail app installed
 by visiting its page on the Google Play Store and checking for an
 'Update' button. If no such button appears, you're good to go.
If you have Android 10's system-wide dark theme enabled, the 
app should switch to its new look automatically. Alternatively, you 
can activate it manually by tapping the menu icon on the top left,
 scrolling down and tapping 'Settings', then 'General settings'. Here 
you can change Gmail's theme to either light, dark, or system default.
Sadly dark mode isn't available if you're using Android Pie or earlier,
 but you can still use Gmail in dark mode if you visit in a 
web browser with dark mode activated. This option is available
Dark mode for iOS is taking a little longer to arrive than the Android
 version, and the option may not be available to you until Apple activates
 it server-side. We'll keep you updated when dark mode for Gmail on iOS
 is available globally.
When it arrives, the new option will be activated automatically if your
 phone is using the system-wide dark mode. Alternatively, you will be 
able to take it for a spin by tapping the Gmail app's hamburger menu,
 selecting 'Settings', then tapping 'Theme' followed by 'Dark'. 


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