Now in Labs: High contrast themes

Hello everyone :wave:

I’m Nuno, and I work in the Borrowing team at Monzo and I’m here to share an exciting new feature with our community!

:rainbow: :iphone: Introducing High Contrast Themes: Join Us in Testing!
We’re excited to share a new feature that aims to enhance the accessibility of our app: High Contrast Themes!

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving user experience, we have introduced high contrast themes for both light and dark modes, along with business banking themes. These new themes offer improved colour contrast, particularly between backgrounds, foregrounds, and separators.

You can access this new feature by going into our Labs section and activating the “High Contrast Mode” toggle. Afterwards you can enable or disable it in Settings :arrow_right: Theme .

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the app. You’ll need to use at least 5.33.0 Android and 5.36.0 iOS to see the feature.

Your feedback is invaluable to us as we work to create an app that caters to everyone’s needs.

Thank you for your help and participation! :blush: :pray: Let’s make our app more accessible and user-friendly than ever before! :star2: :calling:

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I know we can activate it and try ourselves but would be useful for this thread to have
side-by-side screenshots illustrating normal vs high contrast (instead of light vs dark)?

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I’ve grown to love it! Colours are so much more appealing.

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I know we can activate it and try ourselves but would be useful for this thread to have
side-by-side screenshots illustrating normal vs high contrast (instead of light vs dark)?

Hey, thank you for the feedback, that is a good point! Since the changes can be subtle, I’ll try to get a good example screen to showcase the difference :+1:

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As someone who is visually impaired I love this addition.
I will admit I struggle to see the changes for dark mode, but light mode is very clear :slightly_smiling_face::+1:

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I noticed this a day or so back and enabled it. It’s hard to say exactly what the differences are but I have noticed the app feel easier to use and more readable for me.

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I enabled it in Labs (app had been restarted) nothing seemed to change

Noticed the toggle that appears in the Theme settings, the background dimmed a bit, that’s it really

Looking around the app for a few minutes, it’s a lot more readable for me, so that change is a good one

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I enabled this prior to today. It’s a subtle change, but I love it. I find the text easier to read

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It would be good if there were a preview image below this toggle so that you could instantly see the difference between off and on with a bit more content on the screen.

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I use dark mode exclusively as it’s better for my poor eyes, and the increased contrast, while only a subtle change, makes a huge difference to the readability.
Great work!!

As others have pointed out, a comparison of both light and dark mode, with and without the increased contract within the initial post would be super useful.
A comparison in-app would also be a nice touch.

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I’ll bring this feedback to our team and see if we can incorporate something more visual or a full preview :eyes:

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I don’t have any issues with the default, but it’s a much nicer experience in general with the clearer contrast so I turned it on and just left it like that. Definitely approving of it. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Fully on board with this. I also don’t have a specific need for higher contrast, but it’s generally a nicer viewing experience regardless and I hope this just becomes the default.

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I agree, high contrast mode looks so much better. Don’t see why it’s not just default!

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Accessible by default is, in my opinion a better approach, hopefully once this has been fully tested it can be rolled out as the default option.

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Turned this on the other day, looks much better.

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I notice that the coloured banner at the top of payments can sometimes have very low contrast (1.37:1 low) .

Always black for me?

Are you always on a call? :laughing:

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