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A Guide on How To Use Twitter Dark Mode on All Devices

Dark mode (also called Night Mode) is a popular feature software developers are currently adding to their apps. This feature is a great improvement from the light mode giving us more choice about how we use our apps. With WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook also offering their Dark Modes, you’ll have your whole social media life setup in this easy-on-the-eyes mode.



What Is Dark Mode on Twitter?
Twitter’s dark mode, much like YouTube’s dark mode, is a purely aesthetic option that changes the look of the social network within an app or on the web. Enabling dark mode on Twitter doesn’t change how the site works, nor does it add any extra functionality.

Twitter Dark Mode doesn’t just give the app a fresh new look. It’s also easier on the eyes, causing much less strain of staring at screens particularly when you’re using it at night or in a darkened room. It could also extend your battery life a little. As dark pixels draw noticeably less power than white ones, devices with AMOLED screens that turn off pixels that display black save power when displaying apps in dark mode.



Here’s How To Use Twitter Dark Mode

The steps on this post apply to the Twitter website and the official Twitter apps on iOS, Android, and Windows 10.

How To Turn On Twitter dark mode for iPhone and Android

Twitter for Android and iPhone has two dark modes. The first one, called ‘Dim’, has a dark blue background. The second one, appropriately called ‘Lights out’, has a black background and is designed with AMOLED screens in mind. This second one should be more power-efficient and extend your battery life a bit longer. Whichever you prefer, it’s easy to make the switch.

For Android

  • Open the Twitter app on your Android or iOS device and swipe right to bring up the menu options.
  • Select ‘Settings and privacy’
  • Tap ‘Display and sound’
  • Tap Dark Mode
  • Here you have a few options. You can turn Dark mode on or off, or set it to turn on automatically at sunset

For iPhone

  • In the top menu, tap your profile icon.
  • Select Settings and privacy.
  • Tap the Display and sound tab.
  • Tap the Dark mode slider to turn the feature on.
  • Choose Dim or Lights out by tapping your preference in Dark mode appearance.
  • To turn the feature off, tap the Dark mode option again.

NOTE: ‘Lights Out’ has been available to iOS users for some time, but it was added to the Android app a little bit later. It’s been more than a year, however, so it should be readily available for Android users. Still, if it doesn’t appear in the menu, open your phone’s settings and scroll down to ‘Apps’. Find Twitter in the list, tap it and select ‘Force stop’, then clear the app’s data. Re-launch Twitter and the Lights Out option should now be available.

How To Turn on Twitter’s Dark Mode for Desktop, Windows 10 and the Web
The official Twitter app for Windows 10 is based on the web version of the social network. Due to this similar coding, the way to activate Twitter’s dark mode is the same on both the web and the Windows 10 app. Twitter’s website makes use of the prefers-color-scheme* setting, which tells your web browser that a dark version of the site is available. Most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, will detect this, and display the correct version to match your browser settings (light or dark).

If you’d prefer to change Twitter’s appearance manually, that’s also possible: open the ‘Settings and Privacy’ menu, then select ‘Display’ and take your pick from the three options provided: Default, Dim and Lights Out.

  • Open the Windows 10 Twitter app or open Twitter.com on your preferred web browser
  • Open the ‘Settings and privacy’ menu
  • Select ‘Display’
  • Choose ‘Default’, ‘Dim’ or ‘Lights out’
  • You can further customize your Twitter dark mode on Windows 10 or the web by selecting the colored icons above the dark mode options. This changes the color of the Twitter icons and links.

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