Gmail for the dark theme of Android started rolling out earlier this month. Google is now officially making the look and providing a timeline for availability, while also bringing it to iOS.
The night-friendly look follows the rollout of Android 10 at the very start of the month and last week’siOS 13 and today’s iPadOS 13. The dark theme of Gmail is most evident— and valued — in your inbox, with Google taking on a dark shade of gray rather than real black. The search field up top of the full-width field is a lighter gray while the navigation drawer is colored similarly.
In this perspective, new texts feature white text for the sender, topic line, and time, while the body preview of the message is gray. For all read messages, this fainter color is used. Generic avatars, labels and other colors have been adjusted to be less bright and more silent, although images of profiles are not affected.
The dark theme of Gmail also applies to the screen and messages of the composition. While an email’s body again leverages white text, it can be harder to see darker signatures. The home screen widget for Android also receives the same treatment.
The darker look on Android 10 respects the default setting of the system “Dark Theme,” and will also be enabled when the battery saver is on. In Settings > Theme, there is a manual menu. For iOS, it’s available through Settings> Dark Theme again as far back as iOS 11. Gmail will also be following the latest dark mode on iOS 13.
The dark Gmail theme for Android and iOS is starting to roll out today as a server-side update that is not necessarily linked to a specific version and could take more than 15 days to complete.