How to Switch to Gmail Dark Mode

Reduce eye strain with this theme change

Gmail dark mode is a specific visual setting that darkens the Gmail interface entirely, so it's easier to see when working late at night. Here's why it's great for your health (and your productivity levels) and how to set it up.

What's the Difference Between Light and Dark Mode? 

By default, Gmail favors a white/light background. It's often great to use in the middle of the day when brightness is exactly what you need. Still, sometimes it's useful to go dark.

Using a dark theme has been proven to reduce eye strain when using a computer or smartphone at night. The primary reason is that it takes less effort for your eyes to take things in when surroundings are gloomy.

Dark mode can also make things look more eye-catching. Looking at images can be clearer depending on the type of image it is, and it can help your eyes and mind focus better on the subject. That way of thinking is why you can also change your Gmail theme to other specific options, as well as add a personal photo to the background if you want.

How to Switch Gmail to Dark Mode on Your Web Browser

Switching to Gmail's dark theme only takes a few short steps.

  1. Open Gmail in a web browser.

  2. Select Settings in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  3. Next to Theme, select View all.

    The "View all" command next to Themes
  4. Scroll down, and select the Dark theme.

    The dark theme is located next to the default theme.

    The Dark theme in Gmail
  5. Select Save.

    The Save button in Gmail's Themes window

    To change the theme back to the default, retrace your steps and select Default.

Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Recent versions of the Gmail app for both Android and iOS enabled the ability to change the theme to a dark one. The process on both is quick and nearly identical. This method only works on newer Android and iOS devices.

This method requires Android Q or later or iOS 13 or later.

  1. Open the Gmail app.

  2. Select the menu icon represented by three stacked lines in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  3. Select Settings. On Android, choose General Settings next.

  4. Select Theme.

    The More menu, Settings, and Theme in the Gmail app for iPhone
  5. Choose the Dark theme.

  6. Choose the back button to save your changes and see the new theme.

    The "Dark" theme option and back button in the Gmail app
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