The company on Friday announced their own “Night Mode” feature, which works pretty much exactly like YouTube’s solution. Once you turn on Night Mode, Reddit’s default white color scheme will be inverted, and any black text will convert to white or light grey text.
If you’re using Reddit’s new redesign, accessing the feature is pretty straightforward – just tap your profile name in the top right corner and toggle the Night Mode option in the drop-down menu.
If you don’t want to use Reddit’s new redesign, but you’d still like access to a Night Mode-like feature, the Reddit Enhancement Suite browser extension offers virtually the same functionality within its own settings menu.
Why the change?
Twitter introduced a night mode for its desktop site back in 2017, while YouTube started rolling out a dark theme to its mobile apps on iOS and Android in March. It’s a good option to have if you find browsing in a white theme harder, especially at night. In a blog post on Thursday, Reddit said:
“The Design team worked hard on creating a smaller color system, using one already in place for our native mobile apps as a basis. This also allowed us to ensure that the experience was consistent over all our platforms. It also improves the accuracy for our colors since relying on a key that automatically changes with Night Mode removes the risk of overlooking how a component should look in Night Mode.”
It was about time! Now I can finally uninstall the script I used. The dark side always wins.