Instagram Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Getting Instagram Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing apps out there. There are over a billion people from different parts of the continent who have registered with the app. Several things make its use more interesting. One of them is the wide range of filters you can try out to enhance your photos and look good. Instagram has over thirty filters and other enhancing tools that help you improve the quality of your photos. You don’t have to worry when you take pics on a low pixel camera because you can enhance them using some of the tools.

The app has grown over the recent years, with new features being introduced since its inception. Some of the things that have been introduced over the past few years include sharing stories, IGTV, and an option to go live. The latest feature is the dark theme, which many users have been asking for. This update was introduced in early October for iPhone and Android users. However, the latest feature is meant for specific versions of both operating systems.

iPhone users with devices that run on iOS 13 are the only ones who can enjoy Instagram’s latest dark mode update, while for Android, it is only designed for those who have Android 10. This was confirmed through a tweet by Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri which read ‘Starting today, you can use Instagram in dark mode on iOS 13 or Android 10. Turn dark mode on your phone to try it out.’ The feature was made available on Monday, October 7th, 2019, for those who have the respective operating systems on their devices.

Turning On Instagram Dark Mode

The procedure of turning on Instagram’s dark theme on your device is effortless. Let’s have a look at how you should go about it in different operating systems.


This feature is only available for Android 10 as mentioned earlier. Currently, few Android phones run on this OS which was released on September 3rd, 2019. Most of the latest Android devices run on Android 9. The good thing is that most of them have an update option, which means you can update them to the latest Android 10 version. The procedure of turning dark mode on is easy. All you need to do is go to your phone’s settings, scroll down to display and brightness, and turn dark mode on before launching the Instagram app. Make sure you have updated your app to the latest version before trying this out. Your Instagram will automatically switch to the dark theme when you open it. There is no in-app option that lets you switch to this theme, so you have to use your phone’s settings. The dark mode option on your device is mostly available in Android 10.


Just like in Android, the process of switching to this dark theme is the same for iOS. It is only available for those with devices that run on iOS 13. iOS 13 is currently available on iPhone 11 which was released in September 2019. Those using iPhone X and below should not worry because they can upgrade to iOS 13 and enjoy Instagram’s dark mode. Turning on dark mode on Instagram using your iPhone is a simple task. All you have to do is go to settings, scroll down to display and activate dark theme. You should then launch Instagram which will switch to dark mode automatically. It is that simple.

Those who have devices with a dark mode feature but running on a different OS can become beta users of the app to test this new feature. You can do this by going to the app’s download page and join the beta testing option. You should try Instagram’s dark mode and enjoy the experience.