Lights Out: How to Use Twitter Dark Mode on Browsers and App

Social media has become an important part of our lives. There are dedicated apps meant for our everyday use. Thanks to these apps, it has become easier than ever before to remain in constant communication with one another as well as keeping up to date on what’s happening globally. Twitter is one such app. It has consistently ranked as one of the most popular social media apps around the world. However, prolonged usage of the app has shown to result in glare and eye strain. Twitter’s dark mode is meant to address that issue and allow its users to keep scrolling through the app more comfortably.

Dark mode can extend your battery life too. Dark pixels draw less power than brighter ones. And if that wasn’t enough, it looks better too. That is one of the reasons why all major social media apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram already have similar dark themes.

Therefore, if you’ve been wondering how to turn on night mode on Twitter, here’s how to do so on your smartphone as well as your computer.  

What is Dark Mode on Twitter?

The Twitter Dark Mode, also known as the Dark Theme or Night Mode, is a feature meant to reduce the amount of strain the app puts on your eyes, especially during the night. Twitter has rolled out this update to ensure that lengthy use of its app does not end up causing indirect harm to its users.

The Dark Mode option is available for use across all major apps on Windows, iOS, and Android as well as on the web. While you can use several third-party apps to further customize the dark mode settings. However, I’d recommend sticking to Twitter’s official settings to avoid any privacy issues.

How to Turn on Twitter Dark Mode on iOS & Android

As a Wall Street Journal report revealed in 2014, a whopping 86% of all Twitter users use the app through their smartphones. Over the years, this number has gradually increased even further. Twitter and other social media apps have been paying attention to these statistics, considering how they regularly dish out updates that seem to cater to the increasing needs of users. One such update was the Twitter dark mode. If you’re like me and have to spend hours on Twitter, you’ve probably wished for this option at some point.

So, here are a few simple steps to follow to enable the Twitter dark theme on both your Android and iOS smartphones.

  •         Open the Twitter app on your smartphone and tap on your profile picture.
  •         This will open a menu, scroll down to Settings and Privacy.
  •         Click on Display and Sound.
  •         Tap on “Dark Mode” to activate it on your app.
  •         There are further options within the Twitter dark theme. The “Dim” setting is a slightly dark-blue theme, while the “Lights out” theme is a pure black dark mode look.


(Note: If your primary reason for using Twitter Dark Mode is to save your battery life, then you’ll need to use the Lights Out option as the Dim option consumes just as much battery as the regular look.)

If you want to disable the dark theme at any point, you can follow the same steps and click on Dark Mode again. This will disable the dark theme from your smartphone.

How to Turn on Twitter Dark Mode on Windows and macOS

Just like the mobile version, you have a choice between using Twitter through your browser or download a dedicated app for it. This app can be used on both Windows and macOS. Twitter’s rather simplistic coding means that it is easy to enable Twitter dark theme on both the web and the app.

By means of the following steps, you’ll be able to enable Twitter dark theme on both platforms without any major hitches.

  •         Go to if you want to change the theme on your web browser or open the Windows/macOS Twitter app if you want to enable the dark theme from there.
  •         Click on the ellipsis found on the left-hand side of the menu.
  •         Click on the “Display” option.
  •         You can now either select “Dim” to activate a blue-themed dark mode or “Lights Out” to enable the regular black Twitter dark mode.



  •         If you want to further customize the Twitter dark theme, you can click on any of the colors listed above the dark mode options. This will change the color of all icons as well as links you’ll see on Twitter.


Keeping Yourself Safe on Twitter

Regardless of which platform you use it on, Twitter dark mode will ensure minimal stress on your eyes. However, there are other threats on Twitter that’ll require additional steps from you. Over the years, Twitter has become a popular platform for people to share their thoughts and opinions on almost anything they wish.

Twitter is banned in several countries because of this reason. If you ever find yourself in any of these countries, you’ll need a reliable VPN to ensure seamless access to the service. I’d recommend PureVPN because of several reasons. First of all, its 2,000+ servers in 140+ countries should be enough to ensure you never find yourself a victim of censorship ever again. Your connection will be secured via the dependable AES 256-bit encryption, keeping you safe from any prying eyes of the government as well as other third-parties.

Most importantly, PureVPN has always kept its users’ privacy above everything else, as proven by its resolute no-logs policy, independently verified by Altius IT and KPMG. These should be enough reasons for you to opt for PureVPN as your primary VPN service.


Yasir Nawaz Yasir enjoys reading and writing about the latest developments in the world of AI and cybersecurity. A firm believer in the right to digital privacy for all, he shares his thoughts on issues both controversial and menial. His other interests include chess, reading, and looking to the horizon in his best Luke Skywalker impression.

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