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Gmail dark mode is vanishing on some smartphones and could be costing you battery life

Dark modes are the latest fad among app developers – and for good reason. Following the system-wide support for dark modes added in iOS 13 and Android 10 by Apple and Google, respectively, app developers have been quick to add support for the new appearance. Dark modes switch the large swathes of white and bright colours in user interfaces for pitch-blacks and darker shades. These modes are designed to make using a smartphone screen a little easier on the eyes at night, as well as significantly boost your battery life on handsets with an OLED display. Dozens of apps, including the likes of Google Maps, Facebook and Instagram have all added a dark mode setting.

Google’s hugely-popular Gmail app didn’t have a dark mode setting in time for the launch of Android 10 last summer, but Google quickly fixed this oversight. However, over the weekend, Gmail users noticed the setting to enable the gloomier, battery-boosting appearance vanish from the app settings.

Worse still, those who had dark mode enabled on their Android handset found the email client had reverted to the previous, glaringly bright appearance.

The frustrating glitch only impacts users running Android 10. According to Google-centric blog 9To5Google, the Mountain View-based firm’s own Pixel-branded smartphones have also been hit by the latest problem. Bizarrely, no other apps appear to have been hit with the bug. So, you’ll be able to continue happily using Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s dark mode without any issues. Of course, you could also use WhatsApp’s dark mode too, if the long-awaited mode ever leaves beta testing.

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If you’re keen to get Gmail back to a gloomier look, there are some unofficial workarounds that appear to fix to the issue for some users.

However, it’s important to note that Google itself hasn’t offered up any advice about the issue. With any luck, the search company will be working on a software update to resolve the glitch for everyone that will be pushed out in the coming days.

But in the meantime, users should push and hold on the Gmail app on your Android homescreen and then select the App Info option that appears in the small menu that pops from the app icon. This will launch a separate settings menu for the app. Select the Force Stop option found on this settings page to completely kill the app.

This will stop any background processes and close the app on your handset. Some users have reported that re-opening the app after this process will bring everything back to normal and restore the all-important dark mode settings within the app.

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