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True black dark mode for Twitter app finally comes to Android (Update)

The gray dark mode is still there too if you like, but now you can go all black.

Published onOctober 22, 2019

Update, October 22, 2019 (3:10 PM ET): After months of waiting, Twitter’s true-black dark mode is finally rolling out to Android devices. According to the official Twitter account, “Lights Out” is available starting today.

The true-black dark mode arrives via Twitter for Android version 8.18.0. Once it lands on your device, you can enable it by navigating to Settings and privacy > Display and sound > Dark mode. Here, you can choose between the traditional dim mode or the new Lights Out mode. You can also turn it on and off by toggling the light bulb icon at the bottom of the left hand Twitter menu.

Original article, March 28, 2019 (02:51 PM ET): Back in January, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised that there would eventually be a true-black Twitter dark mode. Now, it looks like Dorsey is following through on that promise, as an announcement from the official Twitter account says the black dark mode is here.

We can only assume that the dark mode — called “Lights Out” in the app — is rolling out to both the Android and iOS apps right now, as the announcement doesn’t clarify (ED: According to Engadget, the Android update is coming “soon.”). However, none of our Android devices had the feature quite yet, so we weren’t able to test it out.

For what it’s worth, many of the comments under the tweet are from users saying they also can’t see the update yet.

Luckily, the Twitter announcement included a video with directions on how to turn on the new “Lights Out” Twitter dark mode when it does eventually arrive. The video uses an iPhone as an example, but the process should be relatively the same on Android:

It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today.
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019

This new Twitter dark mode will likely be welcome news for tweet addicts as true-black themes are proven battery-savers for OLED displays. Since OLED panels are more popular than ever right now, there’s a good chance your smartphone battery could benefit from using this dark theme.

We’ll keep an eye out for the update to officially hit the Twitter Android app. In the meantime, are you excited about this new feature? Let us know in the comments.

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