Google has been updating its slew of applications with UI and performance improvements. Along with it, dark mode is also finding a way into these applications. Google Keep, Chrome, YouTube, News, etc. all sport the new dark mode that everyone is going bonkers about. However, Gmail and Play Store were left out of the party. But the search giant is rolling out updates to these apps to go with its other apps.
9to5Google reported that Google has started rolling out the dark mode to Gmail as a part of the server-side update. Users can choose between Light, Dark and System Default in the settings options. You still get to see some colored elements which highlight the labels, inbox, and other sections of the application. In addition, the search bar has a light grey shade which will make it easy to differentiate from the background.
This update, bearing the 2019.08.18.267 version, will be incremental so not all Android users will receive it at once. If you aren’t patient and have a rooted android phone, you follow these steps to manually enable the dark mode:
Go to data\data\com.google.android.gm\shared_prefs\FlagPrefs.xml
Search for “DarkThemeSupport” (should be one of the first flags) and change to True. Save.
Force close Gmail and reopen. Theme support should be now there in the General Settings.
The Google Play Store is next in line to receive the eye-saving dark theme. The theme will lean towards a dark grey shade and it does look soothing. This look was first spotted by XDA developers
The screenshots were taken on a Pixel 2 XL running Android 10 and version 16.6.25 of the Play Store. According to XDA, the system-wide dark mode toggle was enabled in settings but no third-party theme installed, neither the force dark mode developer option was checked. It means that the update is in testing mode and it would take a bit of time for the global rollout.