In recent months, a bunch of apps have launched a night mode or dark theme. Although it may seem like a trend, the truth is that you can prevent eye strain caused by screens by simply activating this option. It’s also been shown that applying this mode can help reduce battery consumption. In fact, if your smartphone has an OLED screen, each black pixel will turn off. Therefore and in light of all of the above (pun totally intended), we thought it was a good idea to make a list of steps on how to apply the night mode on the apps you use the most.
How to activate the night mode for your messaging apps
There are many examples of messaging apps that include a night mode. It’s actually a bit surprising that WhatsApp doesn’t offer its users this option yet. However, that downfall won’t last long since the developers of this messaging giant have disclosed to WABetaInfo, that they’re currently working on incorporating a dark interface in the upcoming updates. Although that’s good news to WhatsApp fans, they sure have taken their time if you consider that Telegram’s night mode was released back in 2017.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.85: what's new?
The update cointains new details about the Dark Mode!
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NOTE: The feature is not available yet and it will be enabled in future!
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 27, 2019
How to apply Telegram’s night mode
In fact, Telegram is one of the apps that offers its users more alternatives when it comes to customizing the night mode. To give you an example, you can adjust the level of brightness or choose between a blue or black hue. You can even program the night mode to be activated at a certain time of the day or night. Here’s how:
- Access the Telegram app
- Access the sidebar
- Enter the Settings menu
- Click on Chat Settings
- Tap on the Automatic Night Mode
Once you’ve gotten to this point, you can access a bunch of possibilities to customize Telegram’s interface and adjust it to your needs. You can also program your smartphone to change from day to night mode automatically, depending on the time of the day. Last but not least, you can also manually set the times of the day when you prefer to use the night mode.
A moon sets the tone for Facebook Messanger
The Facebook messaging tool also allows you to activate the night mode. A really simple trick lets you chat with your contacts without straining your eyes with the usual white background. This option is really useful for regular users who want to have long conversations at night time.
- Access Facebook Messenger
- Start a conversation tab with any of your contacts
- Send a crescent moon emoji
- Activate the night mode using the notification that’ll appear on the upper part of your screen.
Using the night mode is also possible with Skype
Skype is another vastly popular service among those who want to contact their friends and family via text or video. Microsoft did not want to be out of the loop and has since included a night mode that you can use to customize your chat and menus’ backgrounds. Follow these simple steps to apply the night mode:
- Enter Skype
- Tap on your profile picture located on the upper part of the screen
- Access the Settings
- Tap on Theme
When you reach this point, you’ll find several options to customize the night time mode. In fact, you can either choose black hues that contrast against white hues or an interface that doesn’t include a single bright element.
How to activate the night mode for Android browsers
A good number of Android users spend hours browsing portals that include a fair amount of text. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to modify your web browser’s interface and give your eyesight a break from the bright themes. That’s right folks, as you may already know, reading with your smartphone’s screen could be as uncomfortable for your eyes as reading on a Kindle or any other e-book.
Using the night mode with Google Chrome’s interface is actually possible
Although Google Chrome hasn’t yet launched a night mode for its main version, this feature is actually available as an alternative element. As you may have already guessed it, we’re talking about Google Canary, a less stable Google browser where you can test elements that the development team is working on. This is how you activate the night mode:
- Enter Google Canary and type the following chain of characters in the URL bar:
- Using the browser integrated into the app, look for Android Chrome UI Dark Mode and Android Web Contents Dark Mode. Enable both to activate them.
- Then, activate or deactivate the newly added night mode using Chrome’s basic settings menu.
How to apply Firefox’s night mode
You can also easily apply the night mode to Firefox to dim all the webpages that you visit using this browser. Although the tool doesn’t include the night mode or dark mode by default, you can install it through the Add-ons system included in this popular browser:
- Enter Firefox from your Android
- Use the dropdown sidebar
- Tap on Add-ons
- Tap on Examine all the Add-ons for Firefox
- Look for Dark Theme and tap on install
Now, all you have to do is access the sidebar and you’ll notice a new option at the bottom. Tap on this section to activate the night mode and a dark background will be automatically applied to all the webpages you browse.
How to apply the night mode to your UC Browser in a matter of seconds
UC Browser most definitely stands out because of its speed and simplicity. It is precisely that simplicity that allows you to apply the night mode and get rid of the interface’s white background in seconds.
- Access UC Browser
- Tap on the three bars to access the main menu.
- Tap on the Night Mode to darken the entire look of your browser
More characters and darkness
Twitter is yet another tool that cares about enriching user experience. That’s why it’s introduced the night mode for both its mobile and desktop versions. With this mode, you can now post tweets and create threads without having to worry about harming your eyes with its emblematic white interface. We may even dare to say that once you try this new look, you’ll never want to go back to its brighter counterpart.
Applying Twitter’s night mode is easy
- Access the Twitter app for Android
- Tap on your profile picture to access the options menu
- Tap on the moon located on the lower left corner
Watch videos without the harmful white background
Without a doubt, a night mode is more essential when you’re watching videos. That white background behind the video can be especially bothersome for your eyes. That’s why Youtube and Twitch have tried to improve user experience by adding an interface that features black hues.
How to activate YouTube’s night mode
- Access YouTube with your Android smartphone
- Tap on your profile picture and access the Account menu
- Tap on Settings> General
- Activate the Night Theme
Once that’s done, you’ll see the YouTube interface automatically change from its light to its dark theme, which is less harmful to your eyes.
This option is also available for Twitch
If you prefer to watch and share audiovisual content using Twitch, you can also activate the night mode in a matter of seconds:
- Enter Twitch for Android
- Tap on the profile icon
- Tap on gear to enter the options menu
- Access the Settings
- Tap on Preferences
- Mark the Activate Night Mode box
As a bonus, if you also activate the tab that’s located just below, you can activate or deactivate the night mode by shaking your smartphone.
Be mindful of your health by applying the night mode
You can improve several aspects of your health by simply applying the night mode in the apps you use the most. There are many studies that warn about the side effects of spending hours looking at multiple screens. It’s up to you to cancel out the majority of the harmful pixels which can help you prevent disorders such as anxiety, visual fatigue or insomnia. Plus, the night mode can also help your smartphone’s battery life. Although it’s not as important as preserving your health, this last aspect is important if you don’t usually carry the powerbank on your pocket at all times.