Almost every other app now offers a built-in dark mode, including Meta’s Instagram. If you’re in the habit of browsing Instagram late into the night, switching to the dark theme will put less strain on your eyes. In this article, let’s see how to enable dark mode on Instagram on Android, iOS (iPhone or iPad) and web on PC.
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Dark mode is easier on the eyes, especially at night. In addition, dark pixels consume less power. On some screens, black pixels do not consume any power at all. This is why most people prefer using dark mode in entertainment and social media apps.
Facebook has long introduced dark themes for Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook (and Facebook Lite), the website, and Messenger. If you want to enable the dark theme in Instagram on your phone or PC, follow the guide below.Method 1- Using System Wide Dark Mode
Phones running Android 10 and newer have a system-wide dark mode. Enabling it will switch the interface and all compatible apps to the dark theme, including Instagram. Here’s how to switch to a dark theme for all apps on Android:
1. Open Settings on your Android phone.
2. Scroll down and click View.
3. Turn on the switch for Dark theme here.
That is it. Now launch Instagram and dark mode will be enabled automatically. You can also set a schedule based on sunset and sunrise or a custom time when the phone automatically switches to dark mode.Method 2- Switch to the dark theme in Instagram app
The other option is to switch to the dark theme from the Instagram app. This option is only available for Android users. If you don’t see it, please update the app from the Google Play Store.
1. Open the Instagram app on your Android phone.
2. Go to your profile and tap the hamburger menu at the top right.
3. Then click Settings.
4. On the next page, click Theme and select Dark.
When set to “system default”, Instagram will follow your Android’s system-wide theme.Method 3- Instagram Dark Mode on Android 9 or Earlier
On phones running Android 9 and earlier, you can use a third-party app to get a system-wide dark theme. Doing so will put all apps on the phone including Instagram into dark mode.
All you need to do is download dark mode from the Google Play Store. Open the app and enable dark mode. Your phone will now switch to dark mode and so will the apps, provided the app is supported.Enable Dark Mode in Instagram on iOS (iPhone, iPad)
Apple introduced a system-wide dark mode with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. To enable dark mode in the Instagram app, all you need to do is switch to Dark View as follows:
1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
2. Click here on Display & Brightness.
3. Then select Dark under Appearance.
Now launch the Instagram app and it will open with a dark theme. You can further enable the “Automatic” option to automatically switch to the dark theme at sunset.Enable dark mode in Instagram Web (PC)
Instagram does not have a dedicated app for Windows or Mac. instead you have to use the web version, which now happily allows you to post photos and videos. But again, you have no direct option to enable dark mode. However, you can use the solutions below.Method 1- Using Custom URL
1. Open Chrome, Safari or any other browser of your choice.
2. Enter and type instagram.com/?theme=dark in the address bar.
3. Instagram will now load on your PC in dark mode.
Whenever you refresh the page, Instagram will switch back to the default light theme. To always open it in the black theme, you can bookmark the above link in your browser.Method 2- Using Chrome Flag
Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Edge allow you to force dark mode on web content using experimental flags. When enabled, Instagram Web and all other websites open in dark mode by default.
1. Open Google Chrome on your PC.
2. Type and enter chrome://flags in the address bar. Edge users must type edge://flags.
3. Search for “dark” on the flags page.
4. Tap the drop-down menu for the flag named Auto Dark Mode for Web Content.
5. Change it to Enabled.
6. Now restart Chrome and open Instagram.com. It should open in dark mode.
You can further install Instagram as a progressive web app on your computer using this guide.Method 3- Dark Mode Extension for Instagram
There is also a dedicated Chrome extension to enable dark themes on the Instagram web. The extension is said to work in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave Browser, and all other Chromium-based browsers.
1. Open the night mode for the Instagram extension page in the Chrome Web Store.
2. Click Add to Chrome.
3. Tap Add again when prompted.
4. Now open Instagram.com.
5. Once the site has loaded, click on the extension icon in the top right corner.
Tapping on the extension icon will immediately switch Instagram to the dark theme on your PC. Dark mode remains even when you reload the website or close and reopen Chrome. You can switch back to the light theme at any time by tapping the extension icon.
To use Instagram’s dark mode in incognito mode, you need to allow the incognito mode extension on the extension settings page.To block
These were several methods through which you can enable dark mode in Instagram on your PC, Android phone and iPhone or iPad. Hope this helps you enjoy browsing Instagram without straining your eyes. By the way, if you are using an iPad, here are several ways to reduce eyestrain from iPad screen.
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