What Is a Togle?

A toggle (or toggle) is a pin, rod or crosspiece fitted or inserted into a loop in a chain or strap, usually to prevent slipping or to tighten it. A kind of button or frog capable of being readily engaged and disengaged for temporary purposes, often used on sports clothes. A device or apparatus with a toggle joint. To shift back and forth between two settings or modes of operation on a computer or machine by means of a toggle switch, keystroke or other mechanism: I toggled my phone’s GPS between stream and map views.

On a webpage, the term toggle is most often used to describe an on/off switch that allows users to update preferences or settings. A toggle control can be a great way to give users more flexibility over how they view your site, but it is important to consider the context and user experience of each use.

When using toggle controls, it is important to write clear labels that clearly communicate what will happen when the control is ON and OFF. Also, it is important to utilize visual cues to convey this information, such as movement and color.

In general, toggles are best used to change system settings or preferences. For example, a toggle would be the right control to enable users to turn on/off Airplane Mode. Compared to radio buttons, toggles are more efficient as they require less screen space and come with a pre-selected default state. However, it is important to note that toggles should only be used when users must make a binary decision. Otherwise, it may be better to use a checkbox instead.