How To Enable Dark Mode On Instagram (Step-by-Step Guide)

In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how to enable dark mode on Instagram.

In fact, this feature will help to give you a better surfing experience on Instagram, and today you’re going to learn exactly how to do it, step-by-step.

Why Dark Mode on Instagram?

If you possess a smartphone, you must have been in a situation to decide whether to use a dark or light mode screen setting. Even if you have not adjusted your phone theme settings, websites and social media apps such as Whatsapp, Twitter, Slack, Google Chrome, Instagram etc now offer dark mode settings.

The dark mode feature is also good for mobile devices because it helps to reduce battery consumption, especially for smartphones with OLED display.

Dark mode also reduces your exposure to blue light which affects your ability to sleep, lessen the strain on your eyes and improve the readability of the text. Perhaps, this could be why the dark mode feature has been one of the most popular features of the past year, 2020.

It’s no wonder why popular devices like the Android and iOS have inculcated system-wide dark modes in the past year that enables users to easily flick the switch across their mobile phones.

But note, it is not every mobile app that supports this dark mode feature, but luckily, Instagram does!

How To Enable Dark Mode On Instagram

When working on how to enable dark mode on your Instagram, you first have to ensure that your device’s operating system is updated to either iOS 13 (for iPhone users) or Android 10 (for Android users).

Also, make sure that your Instagram app is updated to the latest version as older versions do not support this feature.

Although, just by merely turning on Dark Mode in your mobile device’s settings, you may see the Dark Mode automatically activated on several apps, not just Instagram.

To Enable Dark Mode Generally for All Apps – for iOS Users (iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch):


Go to Settings > Display & Brightness.


Select Dark to turn on Dark Mode.


(N.B: This feature can also be turned on from the Control Center of your device).

To Turn On Dark Mode from an iPhone Control Center:

Open Control Center > touch and hold the brightness control > tap Dark Mode ON (to turn it on) or Dark Mode OFF (to turn it off).


Finally, there’s actually a way to automate the entire process… That is, in a way that the Dark Mode automatically turns on at sunset or a certain time…


Simple: Navigate to SETTINGS > tap on DISPLAY & BRIGHTNESS > SELECT AUTOMATIC > tap on OPTIONS to schedule a time you want the Dark Mode to turn on or off.

To Enable Dark Mode Generally for All Apps – for Android Users:

Note some of these steps work only on Android version 11 and up.

On Android, you can change your display to a dark background using a dark theme or colour inversion.

– Turning on dark theme

  1. Open your device’s Settings app
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Display, turn on Dark theme.

– Turning on color inversion

  1. Open your device’s Settings app
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Display, tap Color inversion.
  4. Turn on Use colour inversion.

To Enable Dark Mode On Instagram

Note: You don’t need to update your device’s operating system to Android 10 to switch on dark mode screen setting for Instagram.

Just do the following:

  1. Tap how-to-enable-dark-mode-on-instagram-profileyour profile picture at the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tapig iconin the top right.
  3. Tapig settingsSettings, then tap Theme.
  4. Select Dark.

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