Native Dark Mode Finally Starts Rolling Out For Gmail on Android

Joanna Estrada
September 12, 2019

After incorporating the Dark Mode in Android 10, the company is now rolling out the much-requested feature in a number of its apps, including Google Photos, Google Maps, Google Fit, Google Chrome, Android Auto and more.

The company had meant to convert all its first-party apps ahead of the release, but a couple weren't quite ready when the new OS was released on September 3 - namely Gmail and the Google Play Store, which remained stubbornly white. It isn't stopping yet, as Gmail is the latest app to have received the eye-friendly theme. According to some Reddit posters (via Android Central), it appears that Google is starting to push out a server-side update to Gmail with a Dark mode option. Like with other Google apps, there are three UI options in the Settings menu on Gmail now: Light, Dark and System Default.

The Play Store is now the only significant holdout, and may be taking longer to convert due to the complexity of its icon-heavy interface.

Earlier today, I opened the Play Store app on my Pixel 2 XL running Android 10 and I noticed that the entire Play Store user interface was showing a really dark gray, nearly black background color throughout the user interface. You can get it from the Play Store or from APK Mirror. XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899 tried to replicate it, but he was unable to get dark mode on his own device. The following 3 screenshots show off the home page, the Settings page, and the search page. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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