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17 August 2019

Night Mode and its applications on Windows



Essentially, as Windows continues to release various new updates to PCs worldwide, there have been noticeable changes to the regular interface as we know it, again.  The Night Mode feature is now one of the many useful features rolled out and available to users, which basically ensures users are able to change the color palette tone for any of the many applications available to the operating system or even for just as preferred or desired, a specific Windows application.


The night mode feature, as the name suggests, works to make the color scheme of the Windows UI go as dark as night and by so doing, effectively help to reduce eye strain per its design, most especially when the user is using their PC in an environment that is not properly lit. This feature works well for users that work well into the night period, as the night mode feature may help improve their sleep once they decide to shut down their PC.

Users can go on to activate night mode for the complete Windows UI. However, this may actually not be the most desirable arrangement for certain situations and even applications. It may indeed be a bit more practical and rational if the night mode feature is used for specific application, and thus, ensuring the entire operating system is left under normal circumstances.


Moving on, and if you do not know, the configuration controls can be found under the Personalization section when you go to Windows settings. Once you click the Start button on your PC, and then the Settings icon is clicked, followed by the Personalization option from that page until you locate the Colors item from the navigation bar on the left hand. You can then go ahead to click the night mode radio button (dark mode) located under the Choose your default application mode option to switch the current configuration to the dark mode. 

Switching to this mode for every configuration and all applications may not be the best thing to do. It may be more practical and useful to enable dark mode for the particular applications you may want to use them on, for example, YouTube. This is essentially possible as with the recent Windows update, you can do this for any individual application as there are dark mode controls for all Windows applications, including YouTube.

Noticeably, and if you go on to activate dark mode while using the YouTube application and turning on night mode YouTube or what is also essentially dark mode, depending on what angle you are coming from, is also instrumental as it helps save device battery life as well as giving the application a more cinematic feel. In addition, the dark mode also helps reduce the amount of glare when you are watching videos on YouTube and also allows viewers to be comparatively be drawn in on the true colors of the videos as they view them. 

This comes as dark mode capabilities continue to become increasingly popular and even common on various operating systems and applications even though there are no documented benefits as of this time. Furthermore, by using dark mode, one can go ahead to notice a reduction in issues of eye strain issues, reduction in health issues., much better sleep and longer lasting device battery. As a matter of fact, night mode YouTube from the application itself has gone on and made it one of the latest high-profile applications to go ahead and offer its users the option of a dark mode after a lot of other similar applications had already done so. Twitter, its clients – Twitterific 5 and Tweetbot 4, Reddit and its clients – Apollo, Beam and Narwhal, Overcast the podcast player, Fantastical 2 the calendar application, Telegram X, Pocket, Instapaper, Feedly and a whole lot more applications had taken the leap before now.

As it is, it does seem like every other application and operating system is racing against time to ensure they launch the dark mode features for their users. Microsoft Outlook, YouTube, Slack, Gmail and Reddit (as already mentioned before) have all gone ahead to recently add the feature and even the relatively new operating systems such as Android Pie and MacOS Mojave are transiting towards installing same and rolling it out for its users to enjoy. Even game console operating systems such as the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One S (and X) consoles and anything else with a color display has gone ahead to adopt this feature seamlessly.

With software and application updates being introduced on a second by second basis, the introduction of the dark mode has also become the in thing, as we can see from the number of high-profile applications who have made the journey to implementing the feature for its users. This extra feature essentially inverts the screen, that is if you are yet to see it or even use it and then, basically proceeds to work to turn a traditionally white screen into a dark blue one while the text becomes white.

The hype surrounding its release also continues to build over time, even though it is but just a simple toggle that basically allows you to switch the color of any application window to black. Some people actually enjoy the dark mode feature as it does offer a different outlook which seems a bit customized in comparison to the default design. Others just find it a lot easier for their eyes to adjust to, most especially when they are making use of the application at night or in a dark room, others even for more aesthetic reasons. In fact, the word right now is that with users requesting, chances are high that there will be the appearance of a dark mode feature in the application within a limited space of time from the requests.

If you then keep wondering and do not see anything in these reasons, you may just keep asking what is making everyone switch to the dark side? It does look like there are quite a few benefits to running an operation on dark mode. Why would your favorite YouTube have the YouTube night mode feature?

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