How to Activate Dark Mode on Instagram

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The Instagram app is fun to browse, but all that bright light is bad for your eyes.

If you enjoy using Instagram, you’ll be interested to know that the app has an alternative color scheme that replaces the standard white interface with a darker black and gray one. 

There are several benefits to using Instagram Dark Mode. For a start, the setting improves overall phone battery life for Instagram users. Displaying white pixels uses more power than displaying black ones, particularly with the AMOLED screens on modern phones. Several people also report that using dark mode reduces eye strain and helps you get to sleep at night.

You’ll need to have the latest version of Android or iOS to enjoy dark mode with apps. That’s just one more reason to update your mobile operating system. 

How to use Instagram Dark Mode on iPhone

If your iPhone is running iOS 13 or higher, then you can change the system settings to activate dark mode on your iPhone. 

  1. Open system settings
  2. Choose “Display and Brightness” 
  3. Change the theme to “Dark”
  4. Open Instagram 

How to use Instagram Dark Mode on Android

Using Instagram Dark Mode on Android 10 or higher is as simple as following these four steps; 

  1. Open phone settings
  2. Open “Display” settings
  3. Activate “Dark Theme”
  4. Open Instagram 

Other Ways to Preserve Battery Life With Instagram 

Using Dark Mode isn’t the only way to reduce the power and data drain of Instagram on your phone. 

For example, Instagram pre-loads images and videos for streamless scrolling. You can limit that to save on power. Open the menu icon in the app and then open the Settings. Tap on “Account” > “Mobile Data Use” and enable the “Data Saver” option. 

Changing this setting prevents Instagram from loading images and videos in advance. They only download and open when you manually open them. It likely won’t have a huge impact, but every little helps when you’re away from your charger. 

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