When checking out photos and videos on Instagram, its standard white layout can literally be a moment, especially in dimly lit settings where the bleached UI feels dazzling. Fortunately, there is a really easy way to switch from the normal light mode to a dark mode in the iPhone and Android app.
For the longest time, the only way to get Dark Mode on Instagram was to use an unofficial IG client or jailbreak. You can still go that route if you want, but there was also a built-in Smart Invert option in iOS 11 and above that worked as a pseudo-dark mode. You can also use it because it's almost exactly like real Dark Mode. In previous iOS versions, Classic Invert would also change the colors of the media ̵1; obviously not a good Instagram experience. But now there is a better way than either of these methods, and it works for both iOS 13 and Android 10.
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Instagram silently supported iOS 13's new Dark Mode feature, swapping white with blacks on Instagram as you leaving pictures untouched, you just need to flip a simple switch.
First, you'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 13 if you haven't already. Then make sure to update the Instagram app to version 114.0 or later. Then pull up the control center and long press the brightness control. At the bottom of the screen's brightness controls, you'll see a new "Dark Mode" switch. Press it to turn it on and that's it.
For an even faster way to turn Dark Mode on and off, add the Dark Mode control to the Control Center via Settings -> Control Center -> Customize Controls. That way, it's just two steps to switch to Dark Mode instead of three. Dark Mode in iOS 13 even has a scheduling system, so you can turn it off and on at set times.
Option 2: Use Smart Invert in iOS 11 and iOS 12
If you haven't updated to iOS 13 yet, the next easiest option is Smart Invert, which was included on iPhones since iOS 11. The option is available in the accessibility settings in the "Show accommodation" section. There, click on "Invert colors" and then turn on Smart Invert. It's a pretty inconvenient way to turn Smart Invert on and off when you need it, but there's a way to make a shortcut to your Home or Side button that turns it on and off immediately. You can also add the access control to the Control Center and use it.
Option 3: Use Jailbreak Tweak on iOS 11 & iOS 12  If you don't mind jailbreaking your iPhone, there are stable prisons for both iOS 11 and iOS 12. After jailbreaking, IGDarkMode, is by the developer Chloe Kuznetsov, quite easy to install and activate. Best of all, there's no need to install an external repo in Cydia or Sileo to get the tweak. Follow the steps below to make it work.
Take your iPhone and open Cydia to get started, then tap the magnifying glass icon in the bottom right to access the search function. From there, type "igdarkmode" in the search field and then press tweak when it appears in the results field.
once inside page Details for IGDarkMode, press "Change" in the upper right. Press "Install" when the confirmation prompt appears at the bottom of the screen.
Click now on "Confirm" in the upper right. Tweak will now be downloaded to your device, so wait until the process is complete. Then press "Restart SpringBoard" to respring your iPhone and finish installing IGDarkMode.
After skipping, you still need to enable tweak to apply the dark theme to your Instagram app, then open the settings app on your iPhone and click "IGDarkMode." Once inside, simply press the selector next to "Enabled" to turn on the tweak and then return to the home screen.
With IGDarkMode enabled, you are now free to enjoy Instagram as you normally would. This time, the app will now have a dark theme, which is much more appealing visually but also easier on your eyes thanks to the significant reduction in white and blue light.
Dark mode is used throughout the app, so there are no inconsistencies or annoying changes from dark to light themes as you navigate and interact with friends and loved ones on Instagram. Overall, it is highly recommended, especially if you are a heavy Instagram user, to give your eyes a break.
There is also a way for you to use a dark theme on Instagram if you are on Android, but there is a catch. To do so, you must run Android 10. Check the link below to see if and when your phone will receive the update if it has not already.
Step 1: Enable System-Wide Dark Mode Toggle
To get dark mode on Instagram on your Android 10 device, just enable the system-wide dark mode to toggle. You can do so from Settings -> Display -> Dark theme, or you can simply press "Dark theme" to toggle in the Quick Settings panel. As soon as you enable the system-wide dark theme, the Instagram app also gets dark.