We all listen to podcasts differently – on the way to work, in the gym, when we go out and sleep. If you are in the latter group and rely on clouds to help you with your nocturnal routine, you are probably sick of their dazzling light theme that is on you. Therefore, the app has a dark position to keep things light on your eyes while you pick out or play an episode.
Although a universally loved and desired feature, dark mode, commonly called night mode, does not yet come across many apps and platforms. There are rumors that a system-wide dark mode for the iPhone comes with iOS 13, but the Smart Invert feature is a decent stand-in at the moment.
But the Overcast is one of the few apps that has a dark mode setting built in, so you don't even have to touch any iOS settings. To start, tap the icon at the top of the page to the left of the main page, then select "Theme" from the following page.
Here are three options: "Light", the usual bright theme; "Dark", a dark position based on gray; and "Black", the traditional OLED-friendly dark mode. The dark and black modes are both excellent for readability at night or when you don't want to sharpen your brightness, but they can also save some battery juice.
If you have an iPhone 8, X R or other iPhone with an LCD screen, you will not see any improvements to the battery, but if you have an iPhone X, X S or X S Max, which all have OLED screens, comes you. The black mode gives you the most energy savings because all RGB pixels in the black areas are illuminated, while crying is close to it because it is a combination of the very low brightness RGB pixels.
While there are many steps to changing the theme in overcast, it can be a pain if you are often aligned between light and dark. Instead, it enables activating a "Light Switch gesture" from the same "Theme" settings.
With "Light Switch Gesture" enabled, you can switch between light and dark mode by swiping up or down – like a light switch – with two fingers on any clear side. The gesture uses your latest dark mode setting. If you want a different dark mode, you need to change it in the "Themes" settings first.
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