Activate Dark Mode on Instagram – Instagram dark mode.

Instagram Dark Mode

In my previous article, I have written a few methods to activate dark mode on Facebook. And, after Facebook, Instagram is the App, that most people use. Like Facebook, Instagram App also doesn’t come with an option to enable dark mode. If you use Instagram too much. Then, Dark Mode can help you to save your smartphone battery. Also, will help you to reduce eye strain, while using a smartphone at night. So, this article is gonna be really helpful for you. Though, there isn’t any official method to Activate dark mode on Instagram. That’s why, in this article, I will tell you a few methods to activate Dark Mode.

Activate Dark Mode on Instagram.

Prerequisite for Dark Mode.

Enable “Night Mode” from Developer Options. And, Install the latest version of the Instagram App. The dark mode will get activated automatically.

(Go to Settings > About Phone > tap 5 times on build number to enable developer options. Developer options will appear in Settings > System.)Enable Night Mode - Developer Options

1. Install Instagram Beta Version.

According to XDA-Developers, Instagram is rolling out dark mode for Android 10 devices. Because Google has included a dark theme for Android 10. Well, the Official Instagram dark mode isn’t completely dark or black. It’s a grayscale theme but does support black in AMOLED screen. The dark theme is tested in Samsung One UI, Xiaomi’s MIUI and Oxygen OS 10.Official Instagram App Night Mode

For some users, Instagram’s dark theme is working on its Android Pie devices. So, I suggest you download the latest Instagram App’s beta Version. And, replace it with your current stable Instagram App. You can download the beta version of Instagram by joining the beta program from the play store. Instagram’s dark theme will automatically get activated. Instagram hasn’t added any toggle to turn it on/off. And, you have to first enable your phone’s built-in dark mode.

Note: Make Sure Night Mode is enabled from Developer Options. Else, Dark Mode will not work.

Get Instagram Dark mode in iOS.

Recently, Instagram has released an App update for iOS 13 devices. By installing that update, you can get dark mode instantly. Like Android, Instagram doesn’t let you toggle the dark mode on or off. It means you have to use the iPhone’s system-wide settings for dark mode.

2. Use the Samsung Browser.

If you own a Samsung smartphone, then this method is best for you. Although, if you don’t own a Samsung device. Still, you can install the Samsung Browser from the play store. Because the browser does support Android 5.0 and above. In the Samsung Internet Browser, you don’t need to add an extension for the dark mode. It already comes with a night mode feature. Though, the night mode isn’t specially designed for Instagram. But still, it works with Instagram absolutely fine. With one tap, this feature will enable a dark theme in the whole browser.

In Google’s Chrome browser this feature currently in beta testing. But, In Firefox, with dark mode add-on, you can enable night mode. If you want to activate dark mode on the Instagram App only, then check out the next method.

Activate Instagram Dark Mode in Samsung Internet Browser.

1. Open the Samsung Internet Browser.

Tap on three dots from the upper right corner to access the menu.

And, from the menu, tap on the “Turn on Night mode” option.Samsung Browser - Turn on Night Mode

2. Again, tap on three dots > Settings > Accessibility > Enable “High Contrast Mode”.

3. That’s it. Now, open the Instagram site and log in with your details. And, you will able to see dark mode got activated on Instagram.

3. Download GB Instagram App.

Warning – This is the modded Instagram App. So, don’t use your main account in it. If you own multiple Instagram Accounts. Then only, this is the best method for you. Else, try the next method, which is for the rooted smartphone.

GB Instagram is a modified version of the official Instagram App. It allows users to download Photos, Videos, and Stories. Also, you can zoom in/out the photos. The best part is you don’t need to root your smartphone. The app comes with an inbuilt themes option. You can even translate and copy comments. Overall, the modded App offers everything you want in the official Instagram App.

1. First, Download GB Instagram App. (There isn’t any official site to download, but you can easily find out App. If not, then feel free to comment.)

2. Tap on Profile Icon. And, after that, tap on the settings icon.

3. In GBInsta Settings, under the themes section, tap on ‘Download themes’.GbInsta - Download themes

A list of themes will appear, now find the dark theme and then click on Apply.

4. The small popup screen will now appear, tap on OK to restart.GbInsta - Instagram Dark Mode

That’s it. Dark mode Instagram App got activated.

4. Use the substratum theme engine.

As I said earlier, the Instagram app doesn’t come with an option to enable dark mode. But, there is an App called, Substratum theme engine. That allows enabling dark themes in the Instagram App. The substratum is basically a theme engine, that lets the user apply various themes. Personally, I have tried pitch black and swift black theme. Both themes allow applying a dark theme in the Instagram App.Install substratum Android theme - Open Overlays Manager

Though to use substratum, you need to root your smartphone. Or, if you’re using Android Oreo, then you can try andromeda ★ AOSP rootless 8.x (Beta). Andromeda allows using substratum without rooting the smartphone. And, if you’re using Oreo, then check out my article on “Install Substratum Android theme“.


That’s it. These are the only methods currently available to activate dark mode on Instagram. If you like to use the web version of Instagram. Then, you can download the Samsung internet browser or can use Firefox with Dark mode add-on. Or, if you want to enable dark mode in the Instagram App only. Then, you can install the pitch-black theme using substratum. Or, if you don’t want to root your smartphone, then download the modded Instagram App. That comes with many advanced and useful features.