How to Turn ON Instagram Dark Mode on iPhone in iOS 13 or iOS 12

Before the release of iOS 13, it was Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad, which was the talking point in the tech media world over. Now that Apple has packed this feature in its mobile devices, some third-party apps began to include this feature for iOS owners. Instagram never wanted to miss this opportunity to join the popular bandwagon. And recently, the social networking service has updated its app so that users can turn on Dark Mode in Instagram on iPhone running iOS 13.

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However, many users are not running their iPhones on iOS 13; they are happy with iOS 12 and previous software versions. How can they get dark mode on Instagram on their iPhones in iOS 12 or earlier? Thankfully, there are solutions. By following this guide, you should be able to enable dark mode on your Instagram.

How to Get Dark Mode on Instagram on iPhone in iOS 13

Step #1. First off, update your Instagram app to its latest version. Currently, Instagram is running its version 115.1.

Step #2. Now bring up Control Center on your iPhone. If you have iPhone 8 Plus or earlier, swipe up from the bottom or If you own iPhone X or later devices, you need to swipe down from the top right corner to use Control Center.

Access Control Center on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. On the brightness indicator, press your finger and hold it for a moment.

Tap and Hold Display & Brightness in iOS Control Center

Step #4. Your iPhone screen now shows three things: a brightness adjustment bar, Dark Mode, and Night Shift options.

By default, Dark Mode is turned off. Tap on Dark Mode to enable the feature. You can now see Dark Mode On.

Enable Dark Mode from iOS 13 Control Center

Alternatively, you can also enable dark mode on your iPhone from Settings → Display & Brightness.

Tap on Settings then Display & Brightness in iDevice Settings

Next, tap on Dark under the APPEARANCE.

Activate Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

Now, open your Instagram app and check the beautiful effects of Dark Mode in the app.

Turn ON Instagram Dark Mode on iPhone in iOS 13

This feature is exclusive to users who have installed iOS 13 on their compatible devices. But there are some devices, which are not compatible with iOS 13. And the owners of such devices wish to use dark mode on Instagram. So what is the solution?

How to Use Dark Mode on Instagram on iPhone in iOS 12 or Earlier

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Next, tap on Accessibility and then Display Accommodations.

Tap on Accessibility then Display Accommodations on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Here, you are supposed to tap on Invert Colors.

This will present you with two options: Smart Invert and Classic Invert.

When you activate Smart Invert, it reverses the colors of the display except for media, images. It also works with apps that support dark color styles.

Classic Invert allows you to reverse the colors of the display.

Step #5. Finally, you need to turn on the switch next to Smart Invert.

Enable Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

You have done it!

Although it is not a permanent solution, Invert Colors turn your Instagram app in Dark Mode. Along with Instagram, you can also see dark mode in other apps like Facebook WhatsApp, Viber, and more.

Get Dark Mode on Instagram on iPhone in iOS 12

Signing off…

Smart Invert is actually not a dark mode, but it does a similar effect on your device as a dark mode. Since your iPhone is not compatible with Apple’s latest software, you have to use this Smart Invert feature.

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Suraj Padmasali
Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.

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