How to Enable Dark Mode for Instagram – iOS 13 and Android 10

11/04/2019     Author: Billy Gray

Eyes getting strained from all that nighttime Instagram? Here’s how to activate night mode to save your eyes – and sleep pattern – from the trouble of white light.


Let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you’re probably using Instagram more than you ought to be. If that’s the case, then we won’t judge you, but you’re certainly making a good choice to figure out how to switch on dark mode. The strain that using the app without dark mode can cause on your eyes is very real – especially in low-light conditions.

Turning on dark mode is a simple process, but you can only do it on certain phones. There are quite a few reasons to do it – firstly, it can help take some of the strain off of your eyes, but there are other reasons, too.

In this post, we’ll go over how to activate dark mode on Android and iOS, as well as why you should. We’ll also explain a little bit about how to enter dark mode in other apps, too.

How to activate dark mode on Instagram

To turn on dark mode for Instagram, you’ll need to be running on Android 10 or iOS 13. If your phone isn’t running on one of these operating systems, then you’ll have to update it. This is much easier for iOS, because if you have anything over an iPhone 6S, then your phone should have automatically updated already. If you have lower than that phone, then you can’t get iOS 13, unfortunately.

If you’re using an iPhone 6S or above, but haven’t been updated to iOS 13 yet, then go onto your Settings, then About, and check for updates, then download the new iOS. This might take a while and some iPhone 6S models may struggle to run it. In other words, it might be time for an upgrade!

If you’re using an Android phone, then downloading Android 10 could be a little tricky if you’re not using a recently released device. If you’re using a recent model like a Galaxy Note 10, a Google Pixel phone, or some equivalent, then the chances are that your phone had Android 10 pre-installed when you purchased it, or that it’s already been updated.

Because the Android OS runs on so many phones from so many different manufacturers, the latest updates get rolled out at different times on different devices. The Pixel phones from Google get it before anyone else, because Google makes Android.

If you’re using an older Android phone, then it might take some time before Android 10 is rolled out onto your model. Be patient, it’ll come.

Dark mode on iOS 13

To get dark mode on Instagram while running iOS 13, you’ll need to follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Display and Brightness.
  • Select Dark to activate the system-wide dark mode.
  • Open Instagram and it’ll be dark!

As you can see, it’s a simple process to activate dark mode for Instagram – it just requires iOS 13 to get the system-wide dark mode.

How to activate dark mode on Android 10

Activating dark mode on Instagram while using Android 10 is pretty much the same process that we just covered on iOS 13. The two operating systems launched dark mode at around the same time, so the process is logically very similar.

  • Open Settings.
  • Go to Display.
  • Activate Dark Theme.
  • Open Instagram and it’ll be in dark mode.
  • All done, easy!

Why bother activating dark mode?

You probably don’t need to be convinced that you should activate dark mode – otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But there are some genuine benefits that you might not have considered. After reading this, you may well decide to use dark mode as your default setting. So, what are some of the reasons that you should use dark mode?

It helps your eyes – and sleep

The blue light emitted from your device when it’s not in dark mode actually has a detrimental effect on your sleep pattern. This is because it tricks your brain into thinking that it is daylight, which then stops it from producing your sleep hormone. This makes you less tired, and can seriously disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s why experts routinely suggest that you don’t use devices that emit blue light at least an hour before going to sleep.

On top of that, you can actually damage your eyes by looking at blue light for too long. It’s not a natural light source and it can mess up your short range vision and result in your wearing glasses at a younger age than necessary.

It saves battery

There’s a simple logic here: the lighter your screen, the more battery it consumes to light it. Makes sense, right? Of course it does! By using dark mode, you can actually save on battery life and thus scroll through Instagram even further into the morning hours!

It looks cool!

There can be no denying that activating dark mode looks epic AF. It just makes everything look so much cooler. You’ll be impressed by how much nicer your whole system looks when dark mode is enabled. To be fair, Android still has a way to go (and iOS isn’t that much better at this point) when it comes to apps actually supporting the new dark mode. No doubt more apps will update to support it in the coming time.

How to use other apps in dark mode

You’ve probably already figured this out, but if you activate dark mode in Android 10 or iOS 13, then it should create a system-wide dark mode that affects most of your apps. There are also ways to switch individual apps over in the settings of that particular app – Facebook Messenger, for example, can be changed to dark mode on any OS, so long as you have the latest version of the app itself. This is also the case with some other apps as well and is an increasingly popular trend. Try it out.

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