Gmail’s dark mode has gone missing for some people-
- The Gmail app was one of Google’s last Android applications to get a native dark mode, and it took even longer for the design to appear for everyone in a server-side rollout. Now the option to change themes has gone missing for some people.
- We’ve received a few tips from readers about the theme setting disappearing on Gmail version 2019.12.30.289507923, leaving only the default white design. There are also many reports on Twitter, Reddit, and other social media sites
- The official Gmail Twitter account hasn’t offered any explanation for the bug, only directing people to a generic support document. Most of the reports seem to be coming from Pixel owners (cue the jokes about Pixel bugs), though some OnePlus devices are also affected. Some claim that rebooting their phone has fixed the issue.
Here’s hoping this bug gets resolved soon — my retinas can’t take much more of Google’s white applications.
As an iPhone user with a Gmail address, I’m envious of all the Android owners who get to use dark mode in their Gmail apps. While Google claims such magic is available on iOS, I’ve never seen the option—and I’m not alone. So I’m enjoying a little schadenfreude at recent reports that dark mode has up and disappeared in some instances of the Gmail app on Android.
Worry not, Android users: This doesn’t appear to be a permanent change, just a bug. It’s undoubtedly a jarring and annoying one, though; the light theme persists in Gmail no matter what system theme you’ve picked for Android.
So far, there doesn’t appear to be a clear solution for restoring the dark mode toggle in Gmail (via the hamburger icon > Settings > General Settings > Theme). If this is missing for you, first try rebooting your Android phone and pulling up the Gmail app once again.
You can also experiment with force-closing the Gmail app via Settings > Apps & notifications Gmail > Force stop (on my Pixel, at least; the exact steps might vary for your particular Android). For a faster option, long-press on the app’s icon and tap the info icon. If forcing the app closed doesn’t restore dark mode, you can also try clearing the app’s cache (via the “Storage & cache” menu).