While dark mode has been around for a while in the enthusiast community, Apple and Google started rolling it out since last year. Since then, many apps have followed suit to integrate with dark mode to give their UI that sleek and dark look. Before we move on to Instagram’s dark mode lets have an in-depth look at it.

What is Instagram Dark Mode?

Instagram has been one of the early adopters of dark mode along with Google and Apple and joined the bandwagon in October in 2019. The dark mode takes away a lot of strain from your eyes while you scroll through amazing travel influencer posts and can also preserve your smartphone’s juice for a longer duration. Moreover, the latest release integrates Instagram further with the dark forces along with its brethren apps of Facebook and Whatsapp.

What is Instagram Dark Mode?

What is Instagram Dark Mode?

The benefits of using Instagram dark mode

  1. It is good for your eyes – You get annoyed when someone opens up the curtains in a dark room and glaring at a bright screen in a dark room isn’t a pleasant experience either. Moreover, when you expose your eyes to glaring blue light all day, melatonin secretion is also suppressed. That results in poor sleep and you end up scrolling through anything and everything. No wonder a lot of us have “itchy and dry eyes” and suffer from mild insomnia staring at our phones for most of the day. Hence, dark mode is a welcome relief.
  2. It saves battery – A lot of Android smartphones have OLED and AMOLED screens and since the launch of iPhone X, Apple hasn’t looked back either. With OLED screens, individual LEDs that make up the screen of your smartphone can be completely turned off.

That allows your phone to save a lot of battery, especially when you slide up the brightness settings. In Instagram’s dark mode since most of the UI is dark, your screen can save a lot of juice and give you more runtime without ruining your experience.

  1. It looks great – Most apps and operating systems are joining the dark forces and the amazing looking UI is a great motivation for a nudge in that direction. Instagram looks stunning in dark mode. The texts pop out more and the pictures look great with the contrasting blacks. Moreover, according to the property database service LIFULL, the company was able to see a spike in user retention with a dark theme on their mobile app.

Instagram Dark Mode for Android

If your phone isn’t running Android 10 and it doesn’t run a heavily customized skin of previous versions then you have to rely on Android’s system-wide theme.

Here’s how you can get Instagram dark mode with Android 9:

  • Update your phone’s firmware to the latest version of Android 9. To do this go to Settings>Software Update>Check for updates.
  • Next, open the Settings app and go to Display>Night Mode> Toggle On
  • Close the Settings app and open Instagram
  • You should see the dark background and dark elements on the Instagram app

This isn’t the true dark mode and some things won’t appear as they do on Android 10 or iOS 13, but its better than the boring bright Instagram UI. You can also quickly toggle between night mode and normal mode through a quick settings shortcut. You can find it on the pull-down menu. If you are on stock android, it should appear as a half-moon icon. You can even schedule the night mode according to your requirements.

To disable dark mode you have to follow the same steps to Toggle Off the Night Mode.

Here’s how you can get Instagram dark mode with Android 10:

  • Make sure that you have updated your Instagram app to the latest version from the Play Store
  • Open the Instagram app and tap on your profile tab located at the bottom-right side on your screen
  • Next, pull up the menu by tapping on the three vertical lines icon at the top-right corner
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom of this menu
  • Go to Theme>Dark to get Dark Mode on Instagram
  • If you have applied system-wide dark mode on your Android phone, you can select the option “System Default” under “Dark”
  • Either way, you will successfully enter the dark realm

To disable dark mode you can choose the “Light” option in the theme menu on Instagram or revert to the regular system-wide light theme on your phone.

Instagram Dark Mode for iOS

The Instagram dark mode is available from iOS 13 and if you don’t have it installed on your iPhone you should update your phone before proceeding with the following steps.

  • Update your Instagram app to the latest version
  • Go to your device’s Settings>Display & Brightness
  • Here you can turn on Dark Mode and set it up to switch on or off automatically synced to the daylight hours or according to your custom schedule
  • That’s it! Enjoy the dark bliss

To disable dark mode you need to change your device’s theme to the Light mode

Instagram Dark mode for PC

If you would like to sneak a peek at your Instagram feed on PC during work, you can add extensions to your browser. However, if you don’t like to use Chrome, you may have to deal with a lot of headaches since the extension support isn’t so smooth on browsers like Firefox.

While there are numerous extensions on the Chrome Web Store that enable dark mode on Instagram, Night Mode for Instagram is a crowd favorite. It doesn’t have the occasional white flash while a page is loading and doesn’t have bugs where a few hashtags and captions become invisible. You need to go to add the extension to Chrome from the Chrome Web Store and the experience is pretty seamless.


Switching to dark mode on Instagram is one of the best things you can do to relieve your eyes. If you have an old phone, you would be doing a favor to your phone’s battery and in turn rest of the components as well to get a bit more mileage. As Yoda said on his deathbed, “Once You Start Down The Dark Path, Forever Will It Dominate Your Destiny.”

Best Regards,

Famoid Blog – 2020