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Twitter night mode: New feature turns the screen dark, putting white text on black background

Published 23/08/2016

Twitter night mode setting is accessed by heading to your own profile by selecting the Me tab
Twitter night mode setting is accessed by heading to your own profile by selecting the Me tab

Twitter has added a “night mode” to its app letting people turn their background and text opposite colours – making the writing white and the app itself a dark blue.

And it might well be a preview of what’s coming in future devices. The iPhone, for instance, has long been rumoured to be getting a night mode across its apps.

That wouldn’t just help with not being dazzled when looking at apps in the dark, and by making apps look slightly cooler. It would also be important if Apple rolls out an OLED screen.

OLED screens have to work less hard to produce blacks, and those blacks themselves are far richer, meaning that designing apps to use darker colours helps preserve battery life and looks better.

But the feature has only been rolled out to some apps so far, and only by developers. Twitter is one of the first major apps to offer it.

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The new setting is accessed by heading to your own profile by selecting the “Me” tab in the app, and clicking the cog in the top right hand corner. When that’s done, a big list of options will come up – one of which will be “Turn on night mode”.

The feature can be turned off in the same way.

Some people joked that using Twitter at the sort of time that would require the night mode probably means that you shouldn’t be on Twitter at all.

The feature is available in both the iOS and Android versions of the app.

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