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

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
50,058
11,326


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.


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.

    Tap Theme. (If you don't see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)
    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.
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.

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

subjonas

macrumors 68030
Feb 10, 2014
2,829
2,555
Does it have iPad multitasking yet? Last time I checked I was unable to put it in split screen on the iPad pro...
I haven’t checked but I highly doubt it. They’ve refused to add multi tasking support for the last 5 years. Why start now?
 
  • Like
Reactions: KeithBN

Seanm87

macrumors 65816
Oct 10, 2014
1,117
1,665
Already available, check settings in the YT app.

Just had a look can’t see it. To clarify I know it has a dark mode, but I want it to change like it does on my phone from light in day to dark at night.
 

Tozovac

macrumors 68000
Jun 12, 2014
1,825
1,754
Still too much extreme hiding of controls to blend in with the content, and too much lack of differentiation between individual parts of the content (messages) for my taste. As if there’s a pixel conservation mandate.
 

Spaceboy88

macrumors regular
Apr 2, 2005
125
206
New York, NY
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?
 

kasakka

macrumors 68020
Oct 25, 2008
2,093
778
Maybe next they will add support for split screen on iPad. I mean that feature has been available for only how many years?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Marlon DLTH :)

jakobbg

macrumors newbie
Nov 14, 2011
1
0
Still not seeing dark mode. I have one account using Google Apps legacy edition, so I guess that is the cause... ☹️
 

InnocenceMyth

macrumors member
Jun 8, 2005
47
58
Atlanta, GA
I just updated the app. I still don't have the option for dark mode.

I got it a few days ago on my iPad and iPhone, and then (for a different reason) ended up deleting and reinstalling the app on my iPad, and dark mode was gone again, and then a few hours later it was back. You should see it soon.
 

moviecam

macrumors newbie
Jun 6, 2020
1
1


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.


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

    Tap Theme. (If you don't see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)
    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.
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.

Article Link: Gmail App's Dark Mode Finally Completes Rollout on iPhone and iPad
I did the update and still no dark mode, that theme option I've been hearing about since september is a mythical unicorn
 
  • Like
Reactions: neverendingscot

kissmo

Cancelled
Jun 29, 2011
1,062
1,052
Budapest, Hungary
I did the update and still no dark mode, that theme option I've been hearing about since september is a mythical unicorn

I had the same. Open the app, go to settings, then exit.
When I came back to the app, all of a sudden it was dark and the seeting came magically...

Weird behavior.... well it‘s Google... so you can’t expect anything else.
 
  • Like
Reactions: compwiz1202

yegon

macrumors 68030
Oct 20, 2007
2,905
1,079
Got dark mode a couple of weeks ago, finally. Was unaware split view/slide over was here at last until I thought, heh, lets try it. Behold! Flabbergasted, I expected it in iOS16.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.