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Gmail has dark mode on your Android phone.

With Android 10, Google lets you apply a systemwide dark theme across its new mobile OS, and you can easily turn it on in individual Google apps as well, from Calculator and Calendar to YouTube, on your phone. But Google doesn’t let you apply it everywhere, and a few popular apps — including Chrome — lack a dark-mode setting. Gmail has been one of them, but starting this week it’s no longer a holdout, as Google has started to roll out a dark-mode setting for Gmail on Android 10.

Dark mode is increasingly in demand. Before Android took it on, the popularity of dark modes for apps was already growing, in the Facebook Messenger, Slack and Reddit apps, for example. And Apple’s also following the dark mode trend, as iPhones and iPads ($249 at Walmart) will also get a dark theme with the release of iOS 13 this month.

The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will apply the theme broadly, from wallpaper, widgets and notifications to Calendar to Messages.

With dark mode, you can conserve a bit of battery life and your phone’s screen will be easier on your eyes at night. Google first added dark mode to an Android Pie update earlier this year, but the theme didn’t show up everywhere. In Android 10, dark mode is much more widespread, and apps that use the default system theme will automatically adopt the new dark mode when you turn it on, inverting dark and light colors.

Not all of Google’s apps use the system default theme automatically, however. Along with Gmail, you’ll need to turn on dark mode in Calendar, for example, and YouTube.


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Bradley Sterner

Where the Android mobile phone operating system is concerned, Bradley is a source of invaluable facts and information. He takes a genuine interest in this technology, and guides his readers to a better understanding of what is coming, how different it is from the existing tech, and how much easier it will make your life.

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