The native Apple Mail app finally began supporting the long awaited dark mode with the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS. Then the email clients from a third party, such as Outlook for iOS, immediately followed suit. Gmail, however, remained an exception.
You may have been frustrated, or even told about Gmail, simply because Google did not seem to care about implementing the feature. Ah, not anymore. On the iPhone and iPad, you now have the option to allow dark mode in Gmail.
So let’s find out how to use Gmail for iOS and iPadOS in dark mode, without any further delay. If your cup of tea isn’t the darker color scheme, you’ll also learn what you need to do to disable it.
ENABLE DARK MODE IN GMAIL – IPHONE AND IPAD
Gmail’s dark mode is working in a few ways. By default it is connected to the iOS 13 and iPadOS (or later) device color scheme. Thus, allowing dark mode for your whole iPhone or iPad will also enable dark mode in Gmail. Alternatively, configuring the email client through its Settings panel enables you to configure dark mode only for Gmail itself.
NOTE: Gmail’s dark mode is part of upgrade deployment on the server side. If using the instructions below you can’t allow dark mode, apply any changes to the Gmail app (if available), and then try to force-quit and reopen the app periodically.
Since Gmail is already bound to the device color scheme by default, all you need to do is switch your iPhone or iPad into dark mode. However, for that to work, your computer needs to have at least iOS 13 or iPadOS enabled.
Step 1: Tap and hold the Brightness bar within the Control Center.
NOTE: Swipe down from the right edge of the screen on iPhones with Face ID to open the Control Center-the same motion applies to all iPad models supporting iPadOS. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen on iPhones with Touch ID instead.
Step 2: Tap the Dark Mode button below, when the screen zooms in on the Brightness panel.
Step 3: Open Gmail, and you should see the app rendered in dark mode.
The dark mode can also be programmed to kick in on a schedule on your iPhone and iPad. Supported apps like Gmail, for example, will function automatically in dark mode at night and normally during daytime. Head over to iPhone / iPad Settings > View & Brightness > Appearance > Options to set up a schedule.
In cases where you don’t want to rely on your iPhone or iPad ‘s device color scheme to use Gmail in dark mode, simply turn the theme from Device Default to Dark within the email client Settings.
Step 1: Start by tapping the hamburger icon to the upper-right corner of the Gmail app.
Step 2: On the Gmail menu that shows up, tap Settings.
Step 3: Tap the option labeled Themes.
Step 4: Change the theme from System Default to Dark.
Step 5: Exit the Settings panel to apply the theme.
Gmail should show up instantly in dark mode, regardless of your iPhone or iPad ‘s device color scheme.
HOW TO DISABLE DARK MODE IN GMAIL – IPHONE AND IPAD
Start by switching off dark mode for your iPhone or iPad if you want to disable dark mode in Gmail
Open the iPhone or iPad Control Center, click the Brightness bar for a long time, and then set the Dark Mode icon to off. This will deactivate the entire device’s dark mode, including compatible third-party applications like Gmail.
If that didn’t disable dark mode in Gmail, or if the dark mode on your iPhone or iPad was disabled to get started, then it’s likely you’ve got the dark theme switched on in Gmail Settings.
Tap Settings, open the Gmail menu and then tap Theme. Change the Dark to Light mode, and then exit the Settings panel to display Gmail in its regular style.
Pick System Default as the theme to make iOS or iPad OS device color scheme comply with the Gmail App.
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BLACK OR WHITE
Gmail looks great on the iPhone and iPad in dark mode. All items with different shades of black are clearly noticeable. Emails often show up correctly without any odd inversions in colour, and the dimmed fonts help to avoid late night eye strain. The interface works well except in cases where images with white backgrounds appear at odds with the dark theme.
If there’s a drawback, it’s because Gmail’s dark mode lacks those perfect black pixels that help save battery life with OLED displays on iPhones. If that was your goal, then you’re out of luck. But at least you can end up emailing at night without blocking your eyes.
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