Black Mode For Twitter: A New Option For Android Users

The Dark Mode has been in trend recently, be it Instagram, Skype YouTube, Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb, iBooks, Kindle, Google Maps, Waze, Opera Mini and many more. The interest in dark themes has grown steadily since Twitter debuted its first “Dim” mode in 2016 which turned Twitter into a navy bluish color.

The Dark Mode has gained trends over the years and social networks are following this trend so that their users are still committed to them.

The topic of Dark Modes even made its way to various articles and reports, giving a better overview and usage of the feature and it made a case for Darker Themes almost around everywhere for becoming standard not only for the battery benefits but also because they may help lessen device addiction and improve sleep.

Recently, keeping its users in mind and the benefits of Dark Mode, Twitter also decided to roll out a Dark Mode preferably for the users who are using OLED screens so that their twitter is more compatible and viewable.

With Android Version 10 being launched, Twitter decided to roll out this feature for its Android Users as well after launching a version for IOS users in March 2019.

Before the feature rolling out even on the IOS platform in March, Bryan Haggerty, Senior Design Manager at Twitter said: “Giving more people options to personalize their experience on Twitter based on what makes them most comfortable is what the latest update to Dark Mode is all about.” The statement given for the feature gave relief to IOS users the same month itself.

Twitter initially decided to launch its darker screen option after criticism that its basic dark mode was still too light and was not up to the expectations of its users. This happened when a  customer did a complaint that Twitter’s dark theme isn’t really black, but more of a blue-ish shade, and in the response company CEO Jack Dorsey replied that “It is going to be fixed soon”.

The feature rolled out for Android Users in September 2019 and is now widely used over Twitter.

On platforms, Twitter has already long offered a dark mode which replaced the blinding white background with a more blue hue in 2016. Twitter for Android and IOS even allow this dark mode to be triggered automatically based on sunset or the users were even able to set it manually.

It’s an interesting option that Twitter made by not just darkening the existing theme, but rather introducing a third option. Most apps offering a dark mode don’t do this they just offer a bright, white theme and another darker one. Twitter took a different route in favor of all of its users and kept all the three modes intact so that its users can decide their favorite modes according to their choices.

But with growing usage of OLED or as it is called AMOLED screens, the users demanded a completely black alternative for it. And due to the demand, the feature rolled out on IOS before earlier this year known as “Light – Out” mode.

The users, however, who still love the “Dim” Mode can switch between the two options available.

Smartphones and dark mode have always gone hand in hand. Screens can be bright, causing eye strain and battery drain, and dark mode can take the edge off both of those problems. It’s perfect for nighttime browsing, but also for general use, especially on OLED displays with inky blacks.

Dark mode, aka Night Mode, is particularly great for tweeting, and Twitter makes it easy to switch.

How To Switch To Dark Mode On Twitter

(i) Basic Requirement:

To use Lights Out on Twitter for Android, users will need to be on at least version 8.18.0, below that Android Version, the Dark Mode is not compatible with Android.

Twitter for Android

(ii) Moving to Settings:  

The users need to open the Twitter app and go to the ‘Settings’ option on the app  

open the Twitter app and go to the Settings option on the app

(iii) Display And Sound Button:

The users then need to move to the “Display And Sound” Button.

Display And Sound

(iv) Find Dark Mode option:

They need to find the “Dark Mode” option under the section and then click on it.

find the Dark Mode option

(v) Selecting Preferables: 

Under the dark mode appearance menu, there are two options of ‘Dim’ and ‘Light Out’. The users can select their preferences and use that option of displaying Twitter. But, for using Twitter’s Dark Mode, the users need to select that particular option.

dark mode appearance menu
  • Additionally, the OLED-friendly Lights Out dark mode is only available for Android users on alpha version 8.19.0-alpha.03 of the Twitter app.

Benefits of Twitter Dark Mode –

  • Improved Text ReadabilityWith Twitter is the biggest platform that is used by 126 million people daily, it is not easy for users to check their Twitter which offered white mode in the beginning as it put users’ eyes through a lot of strain and a lot of problem in reading and it resulted in less time spending over the platform.

Some users have also felt that a Dark Mode is just easier on the eyes when apps are used for long stretches of time.

With this feature being rolled out, the users are having less strain over their eyes and are engaging more and more with Twitter giving the platform an increasing number of users and engagement.

  • Better Battery Optimisation – The usage of OLED screens has become huge in past years, with over billion users of it the battery consumption has been an issue with Twitter. In order to resolve this, the best tactic Twitter came up in contributing battery saving options is its Black Mode.

The Black Mode has proven to be helpful for Twitter users in terms of saving their battery lives, it uses as minimal screen brightness as possible. And the Mode is Easily readable so that users do not always have to increase the brightness to read texts. With Bright Modes, it was difficult to offer them to use Twitter in broad daylight leaving them with the option of using the highest brightness available in their smartphones putting the devices to consume more and more batteries.

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