In recent months, Twitter has been working on a handful of redesigns for its various platforms, and that includes an all-black dark mode for mobile devices. Android users haven’t been able to get access to Twitter’s “Lights Out” mode, but that will apparently change in September.

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Twitter’s VP of design and research, Dantley Davis, mentioned in a tweet this afternoon that the all-black Lights Out mode was on track for Android. As it’s currently looking, the new mode should arrive on the platform sometime in mid-September.

While it’s nice to finally have a date, launching in mid-September puts this several months behind iOS. Twitter’s iPhone and iPad apps picked up the Lights Out mode in March, and a September launch puts Android’s update a full six months behind schedule. In a later reply, Davis says that “prioritization” is the main reason it’s taking so long.

Regardless, one can hope that the Lights Out mode for Android comes sooner rather than later. After all, Android Q is right around the corner, and it brings a system-wide dark theme along with it. Having a true-black theme in Twitter would be an excellent complement to that.


Update 9/11: Bad news folks, the “Lights Out” update for Twitter’s Android app has been delayed. Six months after it hit iOS, the update still hasn’t been released for Android. In a follow-up tweet, Dantley Davis confirms that the update is still coming, but it’s been delayed “a bit” as the company works “on polishing the experience.”

On the bright side (or I guess dark in this context), Dantley did offer a preview at the mode.


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