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You can now swipe between accounts in Gmail and new signs of a dark mode, too

The latest Gmail update brings an easy swipe gesture to switch between accounts as well as hints of a dark mode.

Published onAugust 29, 2019

Gmail update - Gmail app on a Google Pixel 3 smartphone

In the latest Gmail update (v2019.08.18), a new swipeable account switching gesture is active (via Android Police). All you need to do is swipe up or down on your user avatar in the top right corner of the Gmail app interface. This will switch accounts quickly.

You can still tap on your user avatar to see a list of your accounts and then tap on the one you want to switch to, but the swiping gesture is obviously a lot faster.

In addition to this new swipe gesture, the latest Gmail update also shows some hints of the expected dark mode. If you’re using Gmail on a beta version of Android 10 and have the system-wide dark mode enabled, the Gmail widget will have a dark theme. Additionally, the splash screen when you start the Gmail app will also be dark — but the app itself will stay white. At least some progress is happening on that front!

The latest Gmail update is rolling out now but it could be a few days before you see it. You can download Gmail for Android via the link below, or search for it in the Play Store.

Previous Gmail updates

Gmail autocorrect rolls out

August 21, 2019: Google is rolling out a Gmail update that improves autocorrect suggestions while typing. The desktop version has been improved with AI suggestions, similar to typing on an Android device. The update should be rolling out to G Suite users some time mid-September. If previous updates are any indication, expect a more widespread rollout shortly thereafter.

Phishing update

May 4, 2019: Phishing attempts are more accurately identified by Gmail, and a warning message will display if you click on a dubious link. Even so, you should remain cautious when an external site asks for your login information.

Smart Compose for subject lines

April 4, 2019: Google is adding Smart Compose to Gmail’s subject line. Gmail will now begin suggesting subject lines after you’ve written out an email. 

Google is rolling out a Gmail update to help prevent email phishing attacks on Android devices.

Email scheduling

April 1, 2019: Google has marked the 15th anniversary of its email service by announcing that email scheduling is coming to the platform. You simply need to open a draft or create a new message, then tap the three dot menu > Schedule send on your smartphone. From here, you can choose several suggested times or customize your own sending time.

Smart Compose no longer Pixel 3 exclusive

March 6, 2019: Smart Compose is rolling out to everyone, regardless of your smartphone’s make or model. Simply fire up the Gmail app and, assuming you’re on the latest version, Smart Compose should be active. When you are typing an email, you should see suggestions here and there that will help you autocomplete your sentence or phrase.

Gmail app redesign

February 20, 2019: The Material Theme redesign for the Android Gmail app is rolling out now. The redesign introduces an easier way to switch between email accounts and will offer a default, comfortable, and compact style for viewing emails similar to what’s available on the web.

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