Benefits of Night Mode or Dark Theme on Android

Lately, dark mode has been launched for a lot of widely-used apps along with dark themes for your Android smartphone. It goes without saying that dark mode will be staying forever. In this guide, we are going to show you the benefits of Night/Dark mode.

Good for your eyes 

There is nothing more annoying than being in your room at night when lights are dim or turned off and you end up using your phone with white screen. Bright blue screens really leave us with painful and dry eyes when we use them all day long. Exposure to bright light also causes damage to melatonin, a hormone which is very vital to sleep. This is also the main reason why a lot of car dashboards are colored in blue, i.e. to keep us awake and alert.

Almost all of us are using our mobile devices all day and night. We spend around 11 hours in a day with our devices, according to Nielsen research group. It goes without saying why dry and itchy eyes are a very common problem among many of us. It often occurs with headaches, insomnia or neck pain. Sometimes, it also increases risk of some types of cancers and obesity due to lower levels of melatonin. Digital eye strain is the most common issue due to bright screens. 

Saves battery life 

Apps which support dark mode can also help improve battery life of the device. According to Google, dark mode has been a great help for OLED display when it comes to battery life. For example, YouTube with Dark Mode on can save around 15% of more screen power at 50% brightness than default white interface. 

On the other side, the dark mode saves up to 60% of energy at 100% brightness. Android users mainly prefer OLED displays. iPhone users have also been using dark mode too. By 2020, Apple is expected to ditch all LCD screens and deliver OLED screens to all the upcoming devices. Later this year, both Android and iOS devices must have system-wide dark mode and there should be an upgrade promised to improve battery life. 

It looks great too

Let’s face it; dark mode is really very dashing as compared to default white mode. Though a lot of devices have bland white backgrounds by default, users can easily switch to dark mode which adds a different look and feel. You can also present cool graphic contents like dashboard, graphs, photos and pictures. The way we interact with content or overall user experience may also drastically be changed with the color of items in the interface. Some research also discovers the connection between dark mode and user retention. So, app developers can also find a great opportunity here. You can consume content for longer because eyes get less tired with dark mode at night. If you love to read before sleep, dark mode can really be helpful and comfortable to the eyes.

Cons of Dark Mode 

Well, there are some instances when you should avoid using dark mode. This mode has its own consequences. For example, text on dark backgrounds may not be easy to read if you are going to use a device in direct sunlight or a well-lit room. When you are sure that your app is being used in daylight, you may not want to use dark mode on it. But it is exceptional. This is the reason you need the app to switch from light to dark mode automatically considering the sunset time. Users don’t like switching light and dark modes all day long. 

Here are some of the other widely used platforms and services which have dark mode – Operating Systems

  • Android
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS Mojave
  • iOS13

Instant messengers

  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Skype
  • Viber
  • Slack

Social Media

  • Twitter
  • Facebook (desktops only)

Browsers

  • Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

Productivity apps

  • Notion
  • Todoist
  • Trello


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