Toggle-Switch Guidelines

Summary: Toggle switches are digital on/off switches. They prompt users to choose between two mutually exclusive options and always have a default value. Toggles should provide immediate results, giving users the freedom to control their preferences as needed.

Every morning, I wake up, pour water into my tea kettle, and flip the switch on. Once the water is boiling, I turn the kettle off and pour myself a cup. The switch on my kettle is an example of a toggle. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that toggle switches are all around us, because lots of things have two simple states: they’re either on, or they’re off (but not “just a little on”). From light switches, to turning on a mobile hotspot, to the preferences page on our favorite mobile app, we interact with toggles every day.

Definition: A toggle switch is a digital on/off switch.

Summary: Toggle switches are digital on/off switches. They prompt users to choose between two mutually exclusive options and always have a default value. Toggles should provide immediate results, giving users the freedom to control their preferences as needed.

Every morning, I wake up, pour water into my tea kettle, and flip the switch on. Once the water is boiling, I turn the kettle off and pour myself a cup. The switch on my kettle is an example of a toggle. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that toggle switches are all around us, because lots of things have two simple states: they’re either on, or they’re off (but not “just a little on”). From light switches, to turning on a mobile hotspot, to the preferences page on our favorite mobile app, we interact with toggles every day.

Definition: A toggle switch is a digital on/off switch.

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