Instagram has introduced the much-awaited Dark mode feature on its iOS and Android apps. The company has started rolling out the feature and should be available soon for all its users. Dark mode brings a major UI change to apps by changing the usual white background to a darker shade. Other than a difference in the look, dark mode on apps is also known for saving battery on phones with OLED screens.
The roll-out of this new Instagram feature was revealed by CEO Adam Mosseri via Twitter. Though Mosseri only mentions support for iOS 13 and Android 10 devices, the feature reportedly works on Android 9 devices as well. This is because the OS version natively supports system-wide dark mode.
Dark Mode has been one of the most anticipated features on Instagram. The feature works in sync with the system-wide dark mode feature. This means that users do not need to toggle the switch to enable dark mode on Instagram specifically.
Instagram in its new dark theme looks quite refreshing. The background of the app is jet black along with the text outlined in white. Instagram Stories has the app’s official pink, red and orange accents outlining the icons. Notifications are shown in the same red colour as before.
Instagram has also removed the ‘Following’ tab from the app. As per Mosseri, the removal of this feature is with the objective of keeping “Instagram simple”. Instagram launched its “Following” tab back in 2011, long before its Explore tab.
How to enable dark mode on Instagram.
The dark mode toggle feature is not in the app. Instead, it automatically turns on when a user enables system-wide dark mode.
To enable dark mode on your iPhone, go to Settings, then Display and Brightness and select Dark. There’s also a toggle to enable Automatic mode in which your iPhone will change to dark mode at night and go back to light mode during the day.
To enable dark mode on your Android device, go to Settings, then Display, then Advanced and then select Dark from the Device theme menu.
The company recently launched a new app called Threads. The app works similarly to the ‘Close Friends’ feature on Instagram. Threads would allow users to stay connected with their close friends to share personal moments directly through the app. The app is primarily useful for sending and receiving photos and videos apart from having conversations. Threads from Instagram could be Facebook’s next move to take on Snapchat.