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How to Turn on Dark Mode on Instagram

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There are several benefits to being able to change your mobile device and apps to dark mode other than the fact it just looks really cool. It helps save your battery life. It’s easier on your eyes at night. If you can’t fall asleep and you feel like scrolling through Instagram, it helps cut the light from disrupting the sleep of your significant other. And when you’re a passenger on a road trip during the nighttime, it can help from distracting the driver.

It can be so relaxing in the evening scrolling through Instagram and catching up on all the stories from your friends, family, and interests.

Below, I will go over the steps to change your app to Instagram dark mode on both iOS and Android as well from your desktop app.

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How to Turn on Instagram Dark Mode on an Android Phone

Many Android users wanting to turn dark mode on their Instagram app should complete the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Tap on your Instagram profile picture on the bottom right of your screen.

  2. Step 2

    Tap the triple bar in the top right corner of your screen.

  3. Step 3

    Tap Settings on the bottom of your screen.

  4. Step 4

    Scroll down to “Theme” and tap it.

  5. Step 5

    Tap “Dark.”

Some phones also allow you to tap “system default” in your Instagram theme settings. If you do this, your light/dark mode will switch to whatever your phone settings are at. This is nice if you have your light/dark modes set on a timer to change throughout the day so you don’t have to manually turn it on and off every time you need it changed.

Change to Instagram Dark Mode in Android’s Device Settings

On some Androids, you may need to enable Instagram Dark Mode through the Android device settings. To do this, complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Open the Android device settings on your phone and scroll down until you can tap the “Display” option.

  2. Step 2

    Find the “Dark Theme” setting and toggle it to “on” within the settings app. This should turn on dark mode settings for several apps (not just Instagram) 0on your phone, allowing you to enjoy Instagram at a darker appearance.

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How to Enable Dark Mode on an iPhone

If you prefer to view the Instagram app in a dark theme from your iPhone or iPad, complete the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Display and Brightness on iPhone

    In your iPhone’s device settings, tap on the “Display & Brightness” option.

  2. Step 2

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    In the appearance section, click the image of the dark theme on your phone. At this point, you should be able to view the Instagram app in dark mode. There isn’t currently a way that you can use Instagram dark mode from within the app. You will have to do it through the iPhone device settings. Fortunately, this simple step should activate dark mode on several apps at once.

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How to Turn on Insta Dark Mode on the Desktop App

Unfortunately, to turn on dark mode for Instagram on the desktop, you will need a third-party app. I recommend using Night Eye.

  1. Step 1

    Install the “Night Eye” extension to whatever web browser you prefer. I recommend Google Chrome for using Instagram. 

  2. Step 2

    Go to your Instagram Page.

  3. Step 3

    Click the extension button in the top right corner of your screen. It should look like a puzzle piece.

  4. Step 4

    Click on the Night eye extension.

  5. Step 5

    Click dark.

When you install Night Eye, it may automatically turn your Instagram and all your browser sites and apps to dark mode. It’s easy to switch back and forth between dark and light by clicking on the Night Eye extension. 

Night mode can be a lot of fun to use and cool to look at. It helps cut the strain on your eyes when you’re in a dark room or it’s nighttime. It’s best used at night as during the day it is easier to read with light mode. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to switch between the two or set a timer on your phone to automatically do it for you.

While Instagram doesn’t always allow you to turn dark mode on within the Instagram app, fortunately, you can do from your device’s settings. Once you have dark mode activated, you will be able to experience the dark side of Insta.