For a mobile web app when would you use an action overflow menu as opposed to a modal window list?

Here is an example of a modal window list used on Instagram App (android): enter image description here

Here is an example of a action overflow menu from an app (Android):enter image description here

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They both accomplish the same objective: Show options hidden under a button that collapses multiple options under it.

The benefit of adding a dark overlay is to visually allow the user to focus on the the options.


From a UX perspective I see no difference in the two. If your OS guidelines do not prescribe what to do, I'd say it's a matter of taste in visual design.

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