Have you ever wondered how Reddit would look like if it was in dark mode? Now, you don’t have to wonder because Reddit is finally rolling out a top-requested feature among its users: native night mode.
Reddit Introduces Native Dark Mode
It was first announced on Reddit’s blog post that the desktop night mode theme is now available for everyone to use, after being rolled out to employees for testing a few months ago. Native night mode offers users a black theme rather than the classic white; it’s an option that is suited for those who enjoy browsing late into the night.
Reddit notes that night mode already exists in its native mobile applications and also in the old desktop webpage by using the Reddit Enhancement Suite browser extension.
The Reddit team also shared some details about what it took to develop the theme. To be more specific, the company had to unify the way the colors are displayed both on the site and in the application.
How to Enable Native Night Mode?
If Reddit’s new redesign is already updated in your desktop, then accessing the feature is pretty straightforward; just go to the top right of your screen in your desktop web browser, click on your username, then click on the toggle for native night mode in the drop-down menu.
For those who are still on the older Reddit design, you can simply access the native night mode by updating into the new layout. In order to do so, go to the Options tab in your Preferences. Next, scroll down to “beta options”, then click the box that says “I would like to beta test features for Reddit” and hit “save options”. Now, a new option will appear for “use the redesign as my default experience”. Tick this option, mash the “save options” button, and then you’re all set to try out the native night mode for Reddit.
Why Choose Native Night Mode?
Well, if you could still remember, Twitter already introduced a night mode for its desktop site back in 2017, whereas YouTube started to roll out a dark mode on its mobile applications on iOS and Android just March of this year.
I think it is a good option to have for people who find browsing in a white theme much harsher on their eyes, especially at night. In fact, it is common knowledge that browsing websites with particularly bright color schemes late at night can be very uncomfortable as it can cause strain in the eyes. Some people also find that the bright colors negatively impact the quality of their sleep, especially for those who tend to bring their devices to bed.
In a recent blog post, Reddit said: “The design team worked hard on creating a smaller color system, using one already in place for our native mobile applications as a basis. This has also allowed us to guarantee that the experience was consistent over all our platforms. It has also improved the precision for our colors since relying on a key that automatically changes with native night mode removes the probability of overlooking how a component should look in native night mode.”