How to Enable Instagram Dark Mode on iPhone, iPad

Jan 13, 2020
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We will walk you through the steps on how to enable Instagram dark mode on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or iPadOS.

Enable Instagram Dark Mode Today and Enjoy Your Timeline with Complete Focus without a Bright, In-Your-Face Background

Instagram dark mode was rolled out to users around three months back (at the time of writing). It's a neat little feature that drenches the entire white UI in complete darkness so you can focus on your content and worry less about the light stabbing your eye while scrolling through your timeline.

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In order to enable Instagram dark mode, you have to do it on a system level. You can't do it on an app-only basis. This means that you have to turn on dark mode for iOS 13 or iPadOS in order to get dark mode in the Instagram app.

Though we have a detailed tutorial on how to enable dark mode for iOS 13 and iPadOS, but we will quickly lay down the steps here anyway in order to make things simple for our readers. Pick up your iPhone or iPad and follow through.

Enable Instagram Dark Mode

Note: Instagram is not available natively on the iPad. You can download the app, but it will run in an iPhone-scaled mode.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap on Display & Brightness.

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Step 3. Under the Appearance section tap on Dark.

Step 4. Launch the Instagram app.

Enable Instagram dark mode

Step 5. That's it, the entire app now looks like something which Kylo Ren has been using on his iPhone.

I kinda wish dark mode was available on a per-app basis too here, like how the Reddit app does. Just tap on the moon icon and bam, you're into darkness immediately. Tap again and you're back to real life.

But hey, at least the Instagram dark mode is something, unlike the official Facebook and Messenger apps which do not adhere to the system-wide settings for dark mode at all. And that's a huge, huge shame.

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