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Dark Mode: The Trending Feature That’s Changing the Look of Digital Platforms

The dark mode feature suddenly came back with a loud bang as thousands of people are readily appreciating it.

Ever since macOS & Windows presented their dark version themes, online communities fell into a frenzy quickly.

Currently, most of the famous web browsers like Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox have dark mode options for their users.

There are enormous reasons for dark mode trends among website owners and developers.

Hence, this article will define dark mode and its aspects that general people have thought of. We will also carry out a survey record to solidify our reasoning.

Let’s get started!

What is Dark Mode?

Dark Mode Feature

The dark mode is a user interface with a darker background color instead of white. We are already familiar with the white screen UI for decades. The dark mode is the opposite where the whites of the screen turn into shades of gray or completely black. All colors are dimmed as well as the screen becomes a low-light display when the dark mode is active.

The dark mode is actually divided into two parts, the all-black & shades of gray. Most browsers use shades of gray as their default home screen like Chrome. All-black color mode is vastly used in mobile devices where the light intensity of the screen is significantly higher than in PC.

This interface was well-known to the developers back in the 90s’ but a trend in 2021. Due to the sudden tech explosion in 2020, more people got smart devices into their hands.

Do you know how many people use dark mode?

According to Smallbusinessblog.net “With over 80% of users operating their devices in dark mode, the data indicates that usage of dark mode has significantly increased.”

Since our eyes are sensitive to light, dark mode became the next famous thing that can reduce the pressure on the eyes by a large amount.

That’s all for the intro. Now, let’s see what this brilliant feature has to offer to our community.

Dark Mode Advantages

There are lots of advantages to having the dark mode on your smart device. All the reasons are practical and have a significant impact on results. Let’s see them, shall we?

Lowers Eye Strain

Staring at the device for a long time develops a sore feeling in your eyes. This was not supposed to happen. But due to the constant radiation from the bright display, the moisture in your eyes dries up quickly, leaving a sour feeling and burning sensation. 

A dark mode interface can significantly lower the screen radiation through bright lights. Thus, you won’t have to feel eye strain from the long use of the device.

Better Visibility At Night

It often happens when you suddenly get the urge to look at the phone clock at midnight. But as soon as you turn on the display, you will see nothing but feel pain in your eyes. Because the sudden burst of light can cause temporary blindness and headaches, long-term usage may become a serious problem later.

Dark mode makes it easier to view the display while keeping the lights to a minimum so you won’t hurt your eyes suddenly.


Let’s leave the benefits aside, who doesn’t love a dark theme on their display? Many people loved dark mode due to the emotional reasons behind its mystic look and charming dark interface. Dark themes can spread positive energy while calming people’s minds. That’s why Amazon has a dark interface and the most number of sales.

Saves Battery

It’s tested that dark mode can reduce the battery consumption of a device (with an OLED screen) by up to 50%. The value differs for various devices, but the fact is true. Fewer lights mean more battery power in the tank.

Promotional Cause

Most of the promotional campaigns had a white background since the year 1800. Big banners and flyers were in multiple colors, with a big portion painted in white. But that only worked on the roads & walls. In digital devices, ads can be boring with all whites and no twists. Later, the marketing community found out that the black color is perfect for a broad number of advertisements.

They call it a “Dark Impression” and derived a bunch of attributes that the dark mode provides in the advertisements. They are-

  • Luxury
  • Mystique
  • Power
  • Formality
  • Elegance
  • Darkness
  • Mystery
  • Sexuality
  • Control
  • The occult

Better Readability

Reading black text on a white background is very difficult for many people. It’s a tiring thing to do as your pupil often dilates due to the lights and lose focus. Ambient dark color backgrounds can keep the nerve-wracking stress off your eyeballs, making them relief and comfortable to read. In a word, the dark mode has better readability in smart devices.

Relief Tension

Many people are easily stressed in white surroundings and especially in broad spaces. This problem is addressed as agoraphobia. Using a dark color interface has a positive impact on these people who have been stressed in bright lights. So, the dark mode can be a solution to emotional problems for a certain category of men & women.

All Major Platforms Has Launched Dark Mode

The dark mode is not just a trend. Nowadays, it deserves millions of users who have a bright light issue in their eyes. It’s so popular that major websites, and social platforms made it accessible to users.

Apple Has Dark Mode

Apple dark mode

Image Source – imyfone.com

Apple first launched the dark mode theme in September 2019 with their iOS 13. The new black theme made people go crazy as it was the best theme Apple came up with. It made the whole iPhone display turn black, including all apps and features. This color inversion made the display easier to look into at night.

Later, iPhone 11 had a natural dark mode feature that automatically replaces colors with a dark theme. This little change made a phenomenal impact on the users as they can more relate to the dark mode than ever.

Facebook Has Dark Mode

Facebook dark mode

Even Facebook officially launched its very own dark mode version in October 2020. Facebook emphasized that they made this feature different from others, where the dark mode doesn’t support OS color preferences. Instead, the user could enjoy the freedom of switching between the light theme & dark theme without the system forcing them. Also, Facebook’s dark mode inverts the background color from white to dark, as well as enhances the pictures to match the dark theme brightness. Awesome!

Twitter Has Dark Mode

Twitter dark mode

Twitter also came up with the dark mode theme at the same time Facebook did. Here, the dark mode gets more intense as Twitter made their dark interface sharper, with less contrast, and less text size. Twitter’s overall dark mode is good for the colors but less easy to read. We have news that Twitter will improve its dark mode compatibility. Let’s wait for that.

We Made Dark Mode For WordPress

As many top platforms are bringing the dark mode feature for their users, we at WordPress didn’t just sit and watch.

WordPress Dark Mode

Instead, we made a versatile WordPress dark mode plugin named Darklup that uses both the user’s input and OS color preferences. Darklup integrates with WordPress and provides a massive number of features while keeping the control panel well-organized.

Darklup Dark Mode Plugin

This plugin supports both frontend and backend dark mode, which is great because most admins couldn’t possibly enjoy dark mode in the site’s background. Moreover, you can let users trigger the dark theme by providing a floating switch on the page.

Amazingly, Darklup has an OS color preference function integrated, which makes it switch between light mode & dark mode as the OS does so. It’s tested and the results are so accurate!

Features That Will Blow Your Mind

Darklup dark mode plugin rocks with these explosive features that none other will provide-

  • Widget for Gutenberg, Elementor, & Visual Composer
  • Frontend & Backend accessibility switches for users & admin
  • Default dark mode function enabled
  • Time-based automatic On/Off function
  • 12+ Color presets for both Frontend & Backend
  • 10+ Colorful switch styles with full customization
  • WooCommerce integration for pages & products
  • Live-page image customization for dark mode
  • Remembers last time settings
  • Font size customization
  • Custom CSS & shortcodes

While these are only 2/3rd of the features provided by Darklup, it’s still enough considering what you get for the dark mode in other platforms and browsers.

Not only that, you can build your own color pallets and use them whenever you need with Darklup. With the Custom CSS option, even the developers won’t feel abandoned, as they can do whatever they want.

Darklup has two versions, one is free and the other one is premium. Get your favorite package and rock your dark theme on WordPress.

Note: If you haven’t already, then check out what’s new in Darklup 2.0.4 version!

Dark Mode Survey- What People Want

While the dark mode trend is going in full swing, the number of people supporting this feature is hard to determine. Well, why wouldn’t it? People have been using the light mode for 2 decades now and the sudden turn of events makes them think hard before choosing.

In our case, we took a huge risk, as we didn’t know how many people are going to appreciate Darklup dark mode plugin. This became a gamble where you can’t accurately study the market for the product you are developing.

But that was in the past. With recent surveys from lots of platforms, it’s determined that many people are rooting for the dark mode. Slowly but steadily, the number of people supporting it is getting bigger and bigger. Soon, we will have more than 90% of the netizens using dark mode frequently.

Survey Held By- Code Project

We are not talking without facts, but actual results generated from real-time surveys. We got our lead from the Code Project  website, which happened to run a survey on dark mode between 26th July & 2nd August 2021.

The survey brought us to some eye-opening facts about the dark mode. A total number of 881 participants expressed their free will on this survey. Only 264 people didn’t want the dark mode feature out of the 881 participants. About 268 people opt for the dark mode only, which crosses the number of people who only opt for the light mode.

Let’s have a look at the survey.

Dark Mode Survey

The result has a mixed number of people who happen to use dark mode periodically with the light mode. But the survey clearly draws a line between the number of people who want the dark mode feature and those who don’t.

Dark Mode vs Light Mode

We kept looking at those numbers before we realized that the dark mode trend has been a successful movement that drove people’s hunger towards it. And why won’t it happen? This feature comes with a lot of benefits that really helped.

One thing we got clearly out of this survey, people want natural dark mode, not color inversion. The reason is, inverted color often distorts the graphic as well as other colors. More often, the images look horrible in the inverted version of a site. 881 out of 881 people agreed to have a non-inverted dark mode that doesn’t ripple with other colors or images.

It’s relaxing that Darklup doesn’t invert the background colors. Instead, it uses predetermined color schemes to completely replace the whites with black, leaving not a single inverted dot. We have tested it thousands of times before confirming it. So, your best dark mode plugin is also your favorite!

Be it day or be it a night, let the dark mode fight the screen lights!

Final Thought

There you go, enjoy the tremendous momentum of the new dark mode trend that won’t be dying down any time soon. Life is now easier while your eyes get the most out of it. If you feel stressed while keeping your head straight at the monitor, just turn on the dark mode switch and relax.

That’s all for today. Hope you have learned something valuable. See ya!

Fahim Muntasir

Hi, I am Fahim Muntasir, Technical Content Writer at WPCommerz. I love to write WordPress plugins and customization-related articles. I have completed Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature. I love to watch a lots of movies and TV shows during my leisure time.

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