Dark mode is now even darker for Twitter’s iOS users, and they can now set their applications to change over automatically based on their time zones.
Until Thursday, Twitter iOS users could choose between Light, the default Twitter display, and Dim, the blue-gray dark mode the social network introduced in August 2016 to help reduce eye strain in low lit environments.
Starting Thursday, Lights Out—a pure black color palette that emits no lights, because pixels are turned off, and not only helps with eye strain, but may also prolong battery life—is an option for iOS users.
And the social network added an Automatic Dark Mode setting that switches its iOS app from Light to either Dim or Lights Out based on users’ time zones, eliminating the need for people to change the settings themselves.
A Twitter spokesperson said, “Since 2016, our product, design and research teams have implemented insights from external partners and feedback from the Twitter community to make sure our accessibility products are able to address a variety of needs. With this latest update to dark mode, we can continue to iterate on our expanded options while also giving people choices on what works best for them no matter where or how long they’re using Twitter.”
Twitter senior design manager Bryan Haggerty added, “Giving more people options to personalize their experience on Twitter based on what makes them most comfortable is what the latest update to dark mode is all about. We worked extensively with our product, design and research teams to make sure that the updated dark mode continued to give people the options they already know and love, while adding an additional theme and new capabilities on iOS for them to try.”
And product manager David Kaufman said, “Dark mode enables us to expand our accessibility offerings so that everyone is able to use Twitter in a way that works best for them and their environmental conditions. We’ll continue to incorporate feedback from our community, internal and external partners as we iterate on the product.”