7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps

7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps

If you love dark mode, you must be happy that Android and iOS have launched it. However, dark mode doesn’t work in Google apps like Gmail. Here’s how to fix it. On Android, dark mode is available for devices running Android 10 (Q) and higher. Similarly, dark mode is supported on iOS 13 and higher. It applies to settings and supported apps like Instagram and Google apps. If your Google apps don’t have dark mode, follow the tips in this post.

1. Check Software Compatibility

Currently, the dark mode is not available on all Android and iOS phones. Google apps have different requirements for dark mode depending on the operating system.

For Gmail, dark mode is only available on Android phones running Android Q (10) or higher. On iPhones, it is available on iOS 13, iOS 11, and iOS 12.

Dark mode on Chrome browser is supported on iOS 13+ devices only. On Android, it works on phones running Android Lollipop 5.0 or higher.

For Google Keep, dark mode is available on Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher and on Calendar, it starts with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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2. Update the App

Whenever an app receives a new feature, you should update it regardless of whether you use Android or iPhone. The new features are mostly linked to app updates, so updating them is sensible. Go to the Google Play Store (Android) and App Store (iPhone) to update Google apps. Android users should also update Google Play services.

3. Restart Phone

Once your smartphone meets the dark mode requirements and you have updated the Google apps, restart it. This has proven to benefit many users.

4. Force Stop App

On Android phones, try force stopping the app. Go to Settings > Apps or Application manager. Look for the Google app without dark mode. Tap on it. Then tap Force stop. This will close the app without deleting any data. Then open the app again. If you have a system-wide dark mode, it will apply automatically. Otherwise, enable dark mode in the app settings (details below).

5. Clear Cache (Android Only)

Another way to enable dark mode, if available, is by clearing the cache for the Google app. To do this, go to Settings > Apps > [app name] > Storage, then tap on “Clear cache”. Clearing the cache removes temporary files without deleting personal data. After clearing the cache, restart your phone.

6. Enable Dark Mode in Phone Settings

Some Google apps like Google Photos don’t have a dedicated dark mode setting. It only works when dark mode is enabled in phone settings. To enable dark mode on Android, go to phone Settings > Display and turn on the Dark theme. On iOS, go to Settings > Display and Brightness, tap on Dark to enable dark mode. You can also enable it from the Control center. We have a troubleshooting guide for fixing dark mode issues on iOS.

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7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps

Once enabled, the system-wide dark mode setting will automatically switch supported apps to a dark theme.

7. Check Dark Mode in App Settings

Google apps have a built-in setting to activate dark mode. Usually, three options are provided in the app theme settings – light, dark, and system default. If the light theme is activated in the app and you enable dark mode in system-wide settings, the dark mode will not work for that app. So you need to check individually in the app settings.

To do that, open the app and tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Most Google apps have settings under the three-bar icon. Then, tap on Settings. The dark mode or theme settings will be visible to you. Alternatively, tap on General settings as done in Gmail. Then, enable dark mode.

7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps7 Best Ways to Fix Dark Mode Not Working in Gmail and Other Google Apps

Patience Is the Key to Success

The dark mode update for apps started rolling months back, but many users still haven’t received it. Since it’s a server-side update, please be patient. Hopefully, your Google apps will soon have dark mode. In the meantime, if you want dark mode in Gmail, you can force it.

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