How to make Twitter appear in dark mode to reduce battery strain on your computer or mobile device

How to make Twitter appear in dark mode to reduce battery strain on your computer or mobile device



a computer generated image of a keyboard: Twitter technically has several different dark modes across its mobile app and desktop site. NurPhoto/Getty Images


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Twitter technically has several different dark modes across its mobile app and desktop site. NurPhoto/Getty Images

  • You can make Twitter appear in dark mode to set a dark background with white text, save your battery, and possibly reduce eye strain.
  • You can find dark mode in the Settings and Privacy menu on the desktop site and mobile app.
  • Twitter allows you to choose between “Dim,” which sets the background to a dark blue, or “Lights Out,” a true black background.
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There are a few reasons to like the dark mode function on apps, desktop sites, mobile devices, and your computer. Not only does it have the potential to reduce eye strain and potentially help you sleep better (though the science isn’t definitive on that front), it can help extend the battery life of your mobile device by keeping most of the pixels dim. 

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On Twitter, you can enable Dark mode and select between Dim and Lights Out options. These let you pick exactly how dark to make the screen. Lights out is a pure black background, while Dim is a dark blue. 

You can enable dark mode options on Twitter with just a few clicks or taps. Here’s how to do it. 

How to turn on dark mode in the Twitter mobile app for iOS

1. With the Twitter app open, tap the profile avatar at the top left of the screen. 

2. You should see the side menu open. Select “Settings and privacy.”

3. In the settings menu, choose “Display and sound.”

4. Tap “Dark mode.”

5. On the Dark mode page, toggle on Dark mode. 

6. In the Theme section, decide whether you want Dim or Lights Out mode. 



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Activating “Use device settings” will automatically enable Dark mode based on your phone’s settings. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

7. Choose “Use device settings” to synchronize Twitter’s dark mode with your iPhone’s overall dark mode settings.

How to turn on dark mode in the Twitter mobile app for Android

1. With the Twitter app open, tap the profile avatar at the top left of the screen. 

2. You should see the side menu open. Select “Settings and privacy.”



a screenshot of a cell phone screen with text: Open the Settings and privacy menu to find dark mode settings. Dave Johnson/Business Insider


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Open the Settings and privacy menu to find dark mode settings. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. In the settings menu, choose “Display and sound.”

4. Tap “Dark mode.”

5. On the Dark mode page, toggle on Dark mode. 

6. In the Theme section, decide whether you want Dim or Lights Out mode. 

7. Choose “Automatic at sunset” to automatically turn on Dark mode at the end of the day and switch it off at sunrise. 

How to turn on dark mode on the Twitter web page in a browser

1. Open Twitter in a browser.

2. Select the three-dotted “More” icon on the left side of the screen.

3. Click “Settings and privacy.”

4. On the settings page, choose “Display.”

5. Under the Background section, pick between “Dim” or “Lights out.” 



a screenshot of a computer screen: Dark mode should automatically kick in based on your computer's time zone. Dave Johnson/Business Insider


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Dark mode should automatically kick in based on your computer’s time zone. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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