How To Enable Dark Mode On Instagram In 5 Easy Steps

All of the coolest apps are allowing dark mode settings and Instagram is the latest app to enable dark mode for both iOS and Android.  If you want to know how to turn on dark mode on Instagram you are in the right place!  

How To Enable Dark Mode On Instagram

With apps like Snapchat going dark, Facebook and WhatsApp should be right around the corner, I would think.

Many users love using dark mode while using their favorite apps, like Instagram, because it helps decrease eye strain while using your mobile devices at night (and even during the day!).

Not to mention, going dark on your iPhone can help save some of your precious battery life. With all of the hours spent on Instagram during the day, enabling dark mode on Instagram should save you some trips to the charger.

So, how do you actually get that coveted low-light display option for your favorite photo-sharing social media platform?

Before heading to your Instagram settings to turn on dark mode settings, you may be surprised to know that the setting is not in Instagram at all!  

You actually need to adjust your iPhone / Android display settings in order to enable dark mode for Instagram.

I know…It doesn’t make any sense!  Trust me, I spent a lot of time browsing Instagram settings looking for how to turn on dark mode only to come up empty.  

How To Turn On Dark Mode In iOS

For you iPhone users looking to have your Instagram app display in night mode, you’ll need to follow these quick steps to turn your iOS display settings to dark mode.

  1. Make sure you’ve updated your device to the latest version of iOS 13
  2. Download the latest Instagram update (dark mode will not work if you are on an older version of Instagram)
  3. Go into Settings > Display & Brightness
  4. Turn Dark Mode ON
  5. Open Instagram and enjoy your new Instagram Dark Mode

Turning on Dark Mode For iOS

How To Enable Dark Theme For Android Devices

If you are on an Android device and looking for your favorite apps to be dark mode enabled, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Make sure you are running Android 10
  2. Download the latest Instagram update (dark mode will not work if you are on an older version of Instagram)
  3. Go into Settings > Display and tap Advanced
  4. Select Dark from the Device theme menu
  5. Open Instagram and enjoy your new Instagram Dark Mode

Instagram Is Better In Dark Mode

Now You Have Dark Mode On Instagram

Once you have adjusted your settings for your device you will now have dark mode on Instagram as soon as you open the app.

With the settings above, many other apps will also display in night mode and all the time.

If you prefer to have your apps only display with night mode, at night, you can adjust your settings so that they only switch to Dark Mode at a specific time.

I have my iPhone settings set to Dark Mode between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM.  

To change your dark mode schedule go to:

  1. Settings > Display & Brightness
  2. Turn on Automatic
  3. Click Options
  4. Select either Sunset to Sunrise or Custom Schedule

Custom Schedule For iPhone Dark Mode

Now that you have set up Dark Mode on your iPhone, you can enjoy many of your favorite apps in Dark Mode.  Including Instagram in Dark Mode!

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