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Dark Theme/Dark Mode for Canvas

Dark Theme/Dark Mode for Canvas

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Hello all! I am a student, and I am here to suggest an idea that I thought would make Canvas more personalized. I think a dark theme would be great for Canvas since some students like to stay up at night (not me), and the bright white light from Canvas can hurt their eyes. The main reason why I want it is because it would look better on my computer. Youtube and Google have these options, why not Canvas? Thank you for reading!

228 Comments
whaleyjo
Community Member

canvas needs dark mode! i know they are listening they just have to do something about it.

fafzal
Community Member

I noticed that this discussion started in 2018 and here we are at the end of 2020. Can you please get it already before I graduate?

Bear14w
Community Member

Adding a dark mode to canvas would be extremely beneficial, especially since many users likely use it at night.  It should be very simple to add as well.  Thank you!!

A_Millenial
Community Member

This could drastically benefit our health if less light is being shot out of my computer, thanks to the developers who made this possible btw. 🙂

s4s
Community Member

Hello canvas team,

I’d like to have the dark mode for canvas, just started the MS in Information Security/Cybersecurity and we can’t wait to use a theme that will be comfort for our eyes, there’s a lot to read over there, I promise to work hard to protect the cyber world environment..

SAS

UCScott
Community Member

Canvas dark mode will be an essential upgrade that should be prioritized. Please help us Instructure!

slowery20
Community Member

Most of the canvas to me is white space. I'd love it it we could have a grey, black theme so the backlight of the website would be easier on the eyes.

Jaquoobo
Community Member

I am a student and my school uses canvas, and I think it would be good if canvas had a dark mode.

Daviongarcia
Community Member

Dark mode

60026237
Community Member

dark mode would be nice to have cause canvas is really bright and most kids use dark mode instead on other apps.  

5_2
Community Member

There should really be a dark mode

glg06c
Community Member

Agree. Dark mode would be nice.

AidanCousins
Community Member

As a student who regularly uses Canvas full time, I find many hours and days I get eye fatigue and headaches from the overt amount of white in the website due to a disability in my retinas where I cannot process light correctly. If you all would be able to implement an alternative dark mode, It would seriously improve the experiences of not only students with disabilities like me, but as well, students who may be working late at night in the dark not get eye strain because of the colour contrast. Thank you for the consideration!

MeRmo
Community Member

We need dark mode it's too bright even with the screen brightness turned down.

MagnusAiden
Community Member

Hello all (again),

I don't think this post went up so ill do it again, apologies if it did. I am a student who like to work at nights. Unfortunately there is a lot of white space on canvas which can make cause eye strain at any time, not just nights. I would greatly appreciate a Dark Mode so the viewing experience can be more comfortable.

urbansk6
Community Participant

I think this is a great idea. Canvas is very heavy on the white space, which isn't great for anyone's eyes even if they aren't consciously bothered by it. With all the concerns going around about students sitting in front of computer screens most of the day during the pandemic, this seems like something that should be taken into consideration.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi @MagnusAiden and @urbansk6 ...

There is already an open Feature Idea that sounds similar to what you're both requesting: Dark Theme for Canvas - Canvas Community.  You may want to add your comments to that one and "rate" it.

MagnusAiden
Community Member

Thank you to @chofer for informing me of the already posted feature suggestion, and thanks to @Naomi for merging the posts.

ja26
Community Member

Please add an option in settings to allow users to switch from dark mode and light mode. 

natanielf
Community Member

I am a high school student who has used Canvas LMS for several years now. I am sure dark mode would be a welcomed feature by all. Right now, in order to achieve dark mode with Canvas web, one has to use a third-party extension. This obviously doesn't provide the best user experience and also raises security concerns.

This is what Canvas web looks like with a popular third-party dark mode extension. It works, but an integrated solution would be much more elegant and would provide a much better user experience.

Canvas Web with a dark mode extensionCanvas Web with a dark mode extension

As you can see, the extension works, but it's not very elegant. An inbuilt solution would be much more intuitive, user-friendly, and secure.

 

Regarding the mobile app:

I am currently using the Android Canvas Student app at version 6.10.0 and there is no dark mode feature available. I am somewhat puzzled by this because the Canvas Parent app already has an option to switch to dark mode. I don't understand why this feature was added to the parent app, which has far fewer users than the student app. Many students would really appreciate the option to change themes. Please consider adding a dark mode toggle feature to both the Canvas web app and the Canvas Student app.