Pinterest Comes to the Dark Side

Dark mode debuts for its iOS, Android apps

Pinterest became the latest social platform to enter the dark mode fray.

The company said in a blog post Monday that dark mode is rolling out globally on the latest versions of its iOS and Android applications, starting Monday.

Pinterest said Pinners using its iOS app can go to the settings on their device and select “Display & Brightness,” and then choose the dark mode option, after which its app will follow the phone’s setting by default.

For Android users, dark mode can be activated via either the Pinterest app’s settings or the device’s settings.

Pinterest said in its blog post that dark mode has been one of the most requested updates from its users, along with the group board updates it rolled out earlier this month, adding, “We hear from many Pinners that Pinterest is how they end their days—by looking at inspirational plans and calming Pins before dozing off (relaxing videos are up 474%, and searches for calming phone backgrounds are up 77%). We’ve also heard, though, that the white background can be too bright when they’re winding down with recipes, dream travels and latest fashion finds.”

Dark mode is becoming commonplace among social apps, as Twitter initially debuted its Night Mode in August 2016, while Facebook Messenger rolled out dark mode in April, followed by Tumblr in July. And a test of the feature was spotted in LinkedIn’s code in August.