Google is officially rolling out dark mode on Google Maps and Gmail but it may take its own sweet time to pop up on your phone. The company confirmed that they will be bringing it as an option in the settings for both iOS and Android users but not all at once.
Dark mode is all the rage now as both Android 10 and iOS 13 adopted it in the basic navigation bar on your smartphone. It helps reduce eye strain, makes it easier to use the phones and also enjoy better battery life in theory. Following these new OS launches, Instagram also rolled out its dark theme this week.
Apple didn’t stop at launching it only for iPhone users but also brought dark mode for Android users on Apple Music and it looks amazingly well-done, allowing you to access your music in any lighting condition. Things are going good for users because both mobile operating systems are getting big updates at the same time.
Gmail will be easier on your eyes
Gmail is one of the most used email apps on both Android and iOS platforms. The dark mode will eventually roll out for iOS 11 and Android 10 users. This is a catch though because there are very limited number of users actually on Android 10 and even flagship users on Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10+ are yet to receive the OS update.
Pixels are the only phones that have received Android 10 update so far and it might take few more weeks before it rolls out for 2019 flagship phones. The same dark theme will also be rolled out to Google Maps, allowing you to navigate easier and also enjoy reduced eye strain.
In order to activate the settings, you should open the Settings menu inside your Gmail app on Android phones and manually switch it to a dark theme. However, iPhone users seem to be getting it much easier as it works seamlessly for everyone who have already upgraded to iPhone 13 on their devices. Right from iPhone 6S and 7, even older phones support the OS making it easier for them to get dark mode whereas Android users have to either wait or may not get it at all on older devices.