Instagram on iOS 13 Now Supports Dark Mode By Default

The feature on Facebook-owned photo messaging app is only available for iPhone users who’ve upgraded to iOS 13.

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Facebook-owned Instagram has updated its platform, adding support for iOS 13's dark mode. Only last week, we were talking about how Facebook-owned apps on the new iOS 13 still don’t support the dark mode, and now it’s finally here.

The update turns the entire Instagram interface dark including the feed, stories, the discover tab and the new design is a mix of dark gray along with black colour, as mentioned in a report earlier this week.

Other than a difference in look, dark mode on apps will also save battery on phones with OLED screens. It’s worth mentioning that the dark mode is only available for Instagram running on iOS 13, and users can update their apps and get the new Instagram theme.


One can simply find the latest update in the App store, if the app is not already set for auto-updates.

The mode option doesn’t show up anywhere in the settings of the app, which suggests that dark mode will be the default theme for Instagram users on iOS 13 from now.

Instagram in dark mode.
Instagram in dark mode.
(Photo: The Quint)

Additionally, Instagram is removing its Following tab, the activity feed which displays what posts friends are liking, commenting on and following.

According to Instagram's head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity.

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