As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised in January, the company today is rolling out an even darker version of the app’s existing dark mode. Before, Twitter’s dark theme was more of a blue hue rather than a true black, which didn’t seem to appeal to everyone. Now, there is an optional setting that makes the current dark mode go blacker.
To use the new feature, you will first visit the “Settings & Privacy” section of the Twitter app, then click on “Display and Sound”. From there you can activate the “Dark Mode” which enables the current blue-black theme. .
A second option, “Lights out” is offered below. If checked, dark mode abandons blue tones and turns black instead.
It is an interesting option not only to obscure the existing theme, but also to introduce a third option. Most apps that offer a dark mode don’t do this, they just offer a bright white theme and a darker one. Twitter, which doesn’t always go by the book to say the least, has taken a different route.
A setting to dark mode may seem like a minor setting, but dark modes today have grown in popularity as larger phone screens became the norm, particularly as they can help conserve battery life in high-end OLED devices. (And especially in applications used as regularly as Twitter!)
Some people also feel that a dark mode is easier on the eyes when the apps are used for long periods of time.
The theme of dark modes even made its way into The Wall Street Journal, making dark themes a standard, not only because of the battery benefits, but also because they can help decrease addiction to devices. and improve sleep.
Today, various apps support dark themes, such as YouTube, Google, Medium, Reddit, Instapaper, Pocket, iBooks, Kindle, Google Maps, and Waze, and others. According to recent reports, WhatsApp is also working in a dark mode.
Dorsey first announced Twitter’s plans for a new dark mode a few months ago, in response to a complaint from a customer who called Twitter’s dark mode a “weird blue.”
Twitter says the new Lights Out mode is rolling out today.