How to Enable Instagram dark mode on Android

How to Enable Instagram dark mode on Android

Applications have managed to become oxygen for mobiles, crawling their way into every sector of our lifestyles. According to Statista, the Google Play Store has over 1 million apps while the App Store has over 2 million apps. I’m still unwrapping my head around it thinking about how apps have progressed and now have become a complete necessity. With free downloads, developers started introducing paid apps, then subscription and so on. The trend is ever-changing.

After a blue light filter, the newest trend is the dark mode or night mode. The dark mode is basically a white text on a dark (black) background as the white background is notorious to strain your eyes. You know it’s a trend when Apple implements it in iOS 13. In addition, phones that equip AMOLED display benefit a lot from Dark Mode.

A lot of Android applications, such as Gmail, Google News, Twitter, Messenger, Chrome, YouTube, etc. have implemented their own version of the dark mode. Samsung was the first major phone manufacturer who put into effect the night mode in its One UI. Google, later on, adapted it into the Android 10. WhatsApp hasn’t yet implemented a dark mode and Facebook’s favorite child, Instagram doesn’t have one either.

What can a dark mode do? It saves your battery, doesn’t strain your eyes, and it looks spectacular if your phone’s display is an OLED type. Three reasons to toggle it now! This article will guide you to enable the night mode on Instagram for Android through the various methods so that your eyes won’t have to endure the strain anymore.

How to Enable Instagram dark mode on Android

How to Enable Instagram dark mode on Android

Facebook hasn’t rolled out the dark mode on Instagram I have listed a few methods below, through which Instagram will be wrapped around in the dark color with just a flick of a switch.

Method 1: System-wide Dark Mode

You don’t need to have an Android 10 device to activate the dark mode for Instagram. Manufacturers like Samsung, who haven’t yet upgraded their devices to Android 10, introduced a system-wide dark mode in their 2019 One UI update. This means that turning on its Night Mode will make apps adapt to it, including Instagram. Neat, right?

Step 1: Go to your phone’s settings.
Step 2: Tap on the ‘Display’ option.
Step 3: Flick the ‘Night Mode’ toggle to activate a dark mode.
Step 4: Launch Instagram. You will now see a dark mode.

Method 2: Android 10 Dark Mode

Android 10 force enables the dark mode on any application, including apps like Instagram or WhatsApp through the developer options.

Step 1: Go to your phone’s Settings
Step 2: Search for ‘About Phone.’
Step 3: Click on ‘Build Number’ 7 times to activate the Developer Options.
Step 5: Click on ‘Override force-dark.’

Method 3: OnePlus Android 10 Dark Themes

OnePlus is a super-fast phone and even though their UI comes close to Google’s, it still has plenty of customization options. OnePlus users can apply a dark theme on their Instagram and other apps with the help of Customisation options. Keep in mind that your OnePlus device must be updated to Android 10 in order to use this feature.

Step 1: Go to your phone’s Settings.
Step 2: Search for ‘Customisation’ in the Settings.
Step 3: Click on ‘Preset Theme.’
Step 4: Select ‘Nuanced dark.
Step 5: Now go to ‘Tones.’
Step 6: Select ‘Dark.’ This will literally set the tone for your apps.


What apps have dark mode?

A majority of Android applications have a dark mode. The list includes AccuWeather, Amazon Kindle App, Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Google Calculator, Android Messages, etc.

How do I turn on dark mode on Android?

Android app developers are adding dark mode/night mode to their apps. You can go to the app’s Settings and search for Enable Dark/Night Mode.

Does dark mode save battery?

Dark mode will save battery of your battery on if its display is AMOLED.

How do I turn off dark mode?

You can easily turn off the dark mode. To turn off a system-wide dark, head to Settings > Display and toggle off Dark Mode. To turn off the night mode of a particular app, go to its Settings and look for Dark or Night Mode.


That was it. Turning Instagram “black” just takes a simple flick of a switch with just a few steps. Using dark mode will squeeze less battery and will also have a minute strain on your eyes, as compared to a white background which will give your eyes a nightmare.

Customization falls into the good books of Android as one can treat their Android device according to their liking, unlike iOS. Even though Instagram doesn’t have a built-in dark mode, the above-outlined methods will surely get the work done for you.

Although, just enabling the blue light filter and the dark mode won’t benefit your eyes. You need to keep in mind the external factors that too affect your eyes. Even though cellphones are a beginning, you should also alter the other ways that have a direct effect on your eyes. Make sure you share this article with your loved ones so that they can take benefit of the dark mode.


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