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Here’s how to turn on Instagram’s dark mode

Here's how to turn the lights off on Instagram.

Published onMarch 7, 2024

Like many other popular apps, Instagram includes a dark mode you can enable to make the majority of its interface black. You might want to turn on the option for a couple of reasons. One of the more practical ones is that using dark mode across your apps can help your device save on battery life. It also happens to look very cool! Regardless, we’re here to show you how to turn on Instagram dark mode.

Related: How to turn on dark mode in Google apps


To turn on dark mode on Instagram, navigate to your profile, and tap on the hamburger icon (☰) to access the menu. Select Settings from the list and tap on Dark Mode.


How to enable Instagram dark mode on iPhone

On iPhones with iOS 13 and above, if you have dark mode enabled overall, the Instagram app will automatically switch to dark mode as well. You can enable dark mode on Instagram in a few steps:

  • Navigate to your phone’s Settings.
  • Choose Display & Brightness.
  • You can choose Light or Dark, or even Automatic in APPEARANCE section.

Enabling dark mode system-wide (iOS 13 or later) automatically switches Instagram to dark mode, affecting other apps too. This is the simplest method, but it doesn’t allow individual app control.

While iOS doesn’t offer in-app dark mode control for Instagram, you can choose between system-wide dark mode affecting all apps or using the web version in Safari for a more targeted approach, albeit with a less convenient experience.

How to enable dark mode automatically on your Android device

You can enable dark mode on your entire phone, for all apps, and even schedule it for a specific period of time. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings, represented by the cog icon (⚙️).
  • Select Display and then tap Night mode.

From here, you can enable dark mode immediately or set up a schedule for it.

How to enable Instagram dark mode on desktop

Enabling dark mode on Instagram for the desktop is straightforward:

  • Click on the More icon (☰) at the bottom left corner.
  • Select Switch appearance and enable dark mode.


It sounds like you’re experiencing an unexpected dark blue appearance in Instagram’s dark mode, even though you have system-wide dark mode enabled on your iPhone. There’s a chance it could be a temporary glitch with the app. Try restarting the app or your phone entirely. Sometimes a simple refresh can resolve minor display issues. If the problem persists, consider reporting it to Instagram’s support team. They can investigate the issue further and provide more specific guidance or potential solutions.