Gmail App's Dark Mode Finally Completes Rollout on iPhone and iPad

After months of delay and inconsistent functionality, the rollout of Google's long-awaited dark mode for Gmail appears to have finally completed on iPhone and iPad.

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Version 6.0.200519 of Gmail, which propagated through the App Store overnight, includes the following release notes:

Pro Tip (if you haven't noticed): You can now switch between dark or light theme after upgrading to iOS 13. Or you can use the system theme set by default.

Google announced dark mode for its Gmail app back in September 2019, but rollout since then has been patchy on iOS to say the least, with some users managing to activate dark mode in the app, only for it to vanish on the next restart. Others haven't been able to access the feature at all.

With a bit of luck, today's update should bring an end to months of waiting for a large segment of users. To enable dark mode in Gmail on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, update the app on your device, then follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Gmail app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
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  4. Tap Theme. (If you don't see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)
  5. Select Light, Dark, or System default. The latter option makes Gmail's theme default to your device's system settings, which is a useful option if you've set the appearance of iOS to change automatically depending on the time of day.
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Note that if your device is running iOS 11 or iOS 12, you'll see a Dark theme toggle instead of a Theme submenu in the Settings screen.

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Top Rated Comments

calstanford Avatar
52 months ago
It‘s ridiculous how slow the once mighty Google works. Years for a tiny feature.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboy88 Avatar
52 months ago
What is Google even saying with “rolled out?” They claimed to be “rolling out” Dark Mode support for 6 months now. Dark Mode is built into iOS 13 and just requires adding the appropriate code. This wasn’t a server-side update. How is it that Twitter and Instagram were able to “roll out” dark mode with one app update to millions of users but Google claims they were staggering the rollout?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Seanm87 Avatar
52 months ago
Are they going to bring system default to YouTube? I hate manually changing it every time.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
furbzv1 Avatar
52 months ago
This update took so long it’s almost like google walked all the way to my house hand delivered it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
52 months ago
I still don’t have that setting after updating
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7149041 Avatar
52 months ago
Does it have iPad multitasking yet? Last time I checked I was unable to put it in split screen on the iPad pro...
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