Late night scrollers on Instagram might be getting easier on your eyes now that a much-anticipated feature has arrived. Following recent moves from Gmail, Twitter and Pinterest, Instagram launched its new dark mode feature Tuesday for iOS 13 and Android 10 devices.
The Dark Mode on Instagram is an AMOLED dark theme which means that the background colours are black. The AMOLED Dark theme used by Instagram is different from the dark greys found in many Google apps and this might not save battery life to a large extent. However, Dark Mode is a welcome change as it is better for your eyes sometimes and not all the time and also makes it enjoyable to use the app during the night.
Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said in a tweet Tuesday that dark mode is available for both iOS and Android users, though neither app appears to let users toggle the feature within the app itself. There’s no word so far on whether that option might become available.
Instagram will automatically shift to dark mode to reflect your phone settings.
If you’re using iOS 13, here’s how to try out dark mode for yourself:
- Make sure you’ve updated your Instagram app and are using the latest available version.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap Display and Brightness, then tap Dark.
Android 10 users can follow similar steps:
- Enable device-wide dark mode on Android by going to Settings, then to Display.
- Tap Advanced, then select Dark from the Device theme menu.
The company says it will automatically work on iOS 13 and Android 10 once you turn dark mode on your phone. However, if your Android phone supports dark mode (Samsung’s One UI, Xiaomi’s MIUI and others), this will trigger Instagram’s dark mode.