The Gmail 5.0 APK was, for many users, the sweetest thing they tasted on Halloween. But that release was just a very thorough preview, a test build that was essentially complete. Now Google is officially rolling the stable version of the app into the Play Store.

What's New

The changes here are predominantly bug fixes, but there is at least one user-facing tweak. Gmail has traditionally displayed an image in the background whenever you load up an empty folder. The last build we shared didn't show that picture. Now Gmail does again.


We don't have an updated Exchange APK to go with this release, so I'm going to have to point you back to the aforementioned post for that.

If you spot anything else, let us know. This is all we have for now, so let's just cut to the part of this article where you get your hands on the goods.


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name:

Version: 5.0 (1556543) (5000650) (Android 4.0+)

MD5:  c4f51ef0f23e9c45a5c190c4f1458cc7