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How to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter for iOS and Android

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How to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter for iOS and Android

Unlike some platforms that only offer dark mode on iOS devices, Twitter lets both Android and iOS users change to enable dark mode, and we’ll show you what to do. Whether you want to enable dark mode and use it all the time, or you only want to use it in the evenings, it’s easy to enable dark mode on Twitter.

Nearly every social media platform offers some variation of dark mode. The feature has become immensely popular in the past few years because it emits less blue light and, arguably, looks better than a bright white screen.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter for iOS

Enabling dark mode on Twitter for iOS is fairly simple. However, you will have to follow a few steps. When you enable dark mode on Twitter, the entire background will turn black, and the text will turn white.

Step 1: Tap the Profile Icon

Open the Twitter app on your iPhone and tap your profile icon (you’ll see it in the top left corner).

Enable dark mode Twitter
Your profile icon is located in the top left-hand corner.

Step 2: Tap Settings and Support

A new menu will pop out from the left, then tap Settings and Support.

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Tap Settings and Support at the bottom of the left-hand pop-up menu.

Step 3: Tap Settings and Privacy

You’ll see a short drop-down menu that expands the menu. Tap Settings and Privacy just below the Settings and Support option.

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Tap the Settings and privacy option in the drop down menu.

Step 4: Tap Accessibility, Display, and Languages

There are a lot of options on this page. However, if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see the Accessibility, display, and languages option. Tap that to move forward.

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Scroll down the list of options until you reach Accessibility, display, and languages.

Step 5: Tap Display and Sound

Now, tap Display and Sound.

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Tap on Display and sound under the Accessibility, display, and languages options.

Step 6: Tap Dark Mode

Near the top of this menu, tap Dark Mode.

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Tap on Dark mode, located just under the Media previews switch.

Step 7: Enable Dark Mode

Now, you’ll see a few options. Tap the Dark mode toggle switch at the top of the page.

You can tap Lights out to make your screen really dark, or tap Dim to make the background darker but not super dark.

Helpful hint: Toggle the Use device settings to make Twitter mimic your phone’s device’s settings.

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Toggle the Dark mode switch at the top of the page, then set your theme preferences.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter for Android

The steps to enable dark mode for Android aren’t much different than they are on an iPhone or iPad. The effects of dark mode are also the same. Your screen’s background will turn black, and the text will turn white. However, dark mode doesn’t affect any media. Any GIFs, videos, or photos you see on Twitter will keep the same color scheme they had originally.

Follow these steps to enable dark mode on Twitter for Android:

Step 1: Tap the Profile Icon

Tap on the Twitter app on your Android home screen or in your device’s app drawer. Then, tap on your profile icon in the upper left corner.

Enable dark mode Twitter
Tap the profile icon located at the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Tap Settings and Support

You’ll see Settings and Support in the menu that pops out from the left side of your screen.

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Tap on Settings and Support from the list of options.

Step 3: Tap Settings and Privacy

A small sub-menu will now appear. Tap Settings and Privacy.

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Select Settings and privacy near the bottom of the menu that opens.

Step 4: Tap Accessibility, Display, and Languages

Scroll down the settings page to the Accessibility, display, and languages option. Then, tap it.

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Scroll down through the list until you see Accessibility, display, and languages setting.

Step 5: Tap Display

Now, a shorter menu will appear. Tap Display to enable the dark mode option.

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Tap on the Display option under accessibility, display, and languages.

Step 6: Tap Dark Mode

Tap on the Dark Mode option.

Note: The settings on this page will vary if you subscribed to Twitter Blue.

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Tap on the Dark mode option under Display settings.

Step 7: Enable Dark Mode

There are a few options on this page. Tap the bubble to the right of On. Then, you can choose Dim to dim the screen (it has a blueish tint). Or tap Lights out to enable the darker background.

You can also tap Use device settings, and your Twitter will enable or disable dark mode when you change your device’s settings.

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Tap the circle to turn dark mode on, then set your theme preferences.

Follow Device Settings to Enable Dark Mode on Twitter

We wouldn’t leave you hanging on a little more explanation about the Follow device settings feature. Both Android and iOS devices have the option to enable dark mode in the settings. If you switch between dark and light modes often, it’s best to choose this option (just follow the steps above).

If you’re an iPhone user, you can change to dark mode and back to light by going to Settings>Display>Dark Mode.

Android users, on the other hand, can go to Settings>Display>Dark. Then, any compatible apps will also enable dark mode.

Other Twitter Display Settings

Now that you’ve successfully enabled dark mode on Twitter, let’s review some other things you can change to make Twitter more visually appealing. The app developers do a great job ensuring you have plenty of features to enhance text size, contrast, and more. Here are some more things to change while you’re making changes in the Twitter settings.

Reduce Motion

Another feature you can enable on Twitter, aside from dark mode, is reduced motion. As you’re scrolling your Twitter feed, you’ll come across animations and Live engagements. This feature limits those.

Go to Settings, just as we did above. Then, tap the Accessibility, display, and languages settings. Rather than tapping the display option, go to Accessibility. Tap the Reduce motion toggle switch.

Note: These instructions work for iOS and Android devices.

High Contrast (iOS Only)

If you’re having trouble clearly seeing the Twitter screen, you can increase the color contrast for both dark and light modes. If you enable this switch, it will deepen the background and lighten the text even more, making it easier to differentiate the two.

You can enable the high contrast appearance by going to Settings and Support and clicking on Settings and Privacy. Then, click Accessibility, display, and languages. Finally, tap Accessibility and toggle the switch next to Increase color contrast.

Lights Out Twitter

As far as social media display customizations go, Twitter has some of the best. Twitter not only lets you enable dark mode on Android and iOS devices, but you can also dim the lights. You can even change more of the display settings to make the app more enjoyable. Just follow the steps above to enable dark mode for Twitter on the mobile app.

You can also check out this simple video walkthrough of the steps covered in this article:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use dark mode on a PC or Mac?

Absolutely! You can enable dark mode for Twitter on nearly any device. Click Settings & Support. Then, click Display. Now, you can use dark mode on a web browser.

Can I change my Twitter theme?

You can only change your Twitter theme if you’re paying for Twitter Blue. Subscribers can change the traditional blue color of Twitter accents by going to Settings & Support and Display.

Why don't I see the option to enable Dark Mode on Twitter?

If you follow the steps above and don’t see the dark mode option, it’s probably because your Twitter app or phone’s OS is outdated. Go to the App Store or Google Play Store and type Twitter in the search bar. If there’s an update, it will say Update. Tap that.

If your OS isn’t updated, go to Settings and type Update in the search bar at the top (for both Android and iOS). Then, update your software if one is available.

Turn your phone off and back on after updating your software, and see if the dark mode option appears.

What's the difference between Lights Out and Dim?

The Lights Out selection makes the background black. It’s much darker than the dim option, which leaves a little bit of backlight.

Does dark mode save battery life?

Yes, on OLED devices. When you enable dark mode, your device won’t use so much battery lighting the screen.

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