It's been a long time coming, but Google has finally started pushing out a Gmail update that gives all Android 10 and iOS users an optional dark mode.
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If you're using Android 10, dark mode for Gmail will be activated automatically when you select 'Dark theme' in your phone's general settings. Alternatively, you can go into the Gmail app's settings and change your preferences there.
If you have a Google Pixel phone, Gmail will switch to dark mode automatically whenever power saving mode is switched on.
Anyone using iOS 11 or 12 will need to choose the dark option within the Gmail app, but if you're using iOS 13, the app will respect your phone's system-wide settings and change colors automatically if you've chosen to use dark mode.
Hold your (dark) horses
The rollout isn't going to be particularly quick, though, and Google has warned that it could take 15 days or even longer for all users to see the new option.
When you do, you'll be able to benefit from improved battery life (Google's own research has found that black pixels draw significantly less power than white or colored ones) and more comfortable reading after dark – though checking your messages last thing will never be a recipe for a good night's sleep.
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