Android 10 brings dark mode to Android smartphones. It’s a feature that users have been clamoring for and I am glad that it’s finally here. However, the sad part is that most Android phones on the market today won’t get the Android 10 update anytime soon. And if your phone is not on the update list, then you are out of luck. That’s why we always try to find out alternative methods to bring new Android features to older Android devices. In the case of dark mode, we have found an app that can bring the dark theme to older Android Oreo and Nougat devices. So apps that have already embraced the dark mode can be forced to apply a dark theme on older devices too. With that said, let’s go ahead and find how to enable dark mode on Android Oreo and Nougat.
The update rollout is slow so those who have not received it yet, they should expect it to come in the next few weeks. Dark mode has become very popular these days. To enable the dark theme on Android 10, go to your Gmail app on the phone, tap on the hamburger menu at the top left and tap on Settings> General settings> Theme>Dark.
On Pixel, when Battery Saver is enabled, Gmail will default to dark theme automatically. Or, you can go to Gmail Settings > Theme and select Dark.
To enable the dark theme in Gmail on iOS 11 or 12, enable dark theme by going to Settings > Dark Theme. To enable the dark theme on iOS 13, you can set your device to the dark theme in iOS Settings, and Gmail, by default, will automatically respect the system default setting. You can also go to Gmail’s Settings, tap on Theme and select Dark.
The Gmail dark theme is seen in the compose screen and messages. While the body of an email again sticks to the white text, darker signatures can be harder to see.
According to a Sammobile report, Gmail’s dark mode is available only on Android 10 devices and will not work on Android Pie running Samsung devices.
Google earlier this month rolled out the dark theme for Play Store app for the devices running Android 9 Pie. Users should have Play Store version 16.18.17 and above to receive the dark theme feature.
The demand for the dark theme has gone high in the last one year. Popular apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have embraced the theme long before Apple and Google. Apart from the very known and obvious benefit of the dark theme which is that it reduces strain on eyes, it also helps to save the battery of your phone. But that does not mean that all types of display can help save battery. Dark theme running on phones with OLED or AMOLED screen can save battery.