A toggle switch is a binary control that allows users to choose between two states, such as on and off. It is commonly found on desktop devices and computer systems, but it can also be used in interfaces such as mobile apps to change a settings or preferences option.
When designing a toggle, it’s important to consider how the control will be used. Toggle switches should be accompanied by a descriptive label to clarify what the switch will do when it is activated. It is a good idea to utilize visual cues such as movement and color to prevent confusion. It is also helpful to ensure the toggle’s position changes when a user clicks it.
Historically, designers have relied on the colors green and red to signal state change in toggle buttons. However, a simple glance at the research indicates that this approach is flawed and leads to ambiguity for many users. The best practice is to use a high-contrast color and consider societal and cultural implications when choosing the correct color for the toggle. In addition to these factors, a toggle should have a clear distinction between its active and inactive states. This can be achieved by displaying a contrasting background color, highlighting the text in a bold font style, or by using a simple border. Embossment can be an effective secondary cue, but it should be used in conjunction with primary visual signals and not solely as a standalone visual design element.