Android is gradually shifting to the dark interface from the usual white interface. The main advantages are little impact on battery life and better for eyes. Introduced with Android 9 Pie, Google implemented a system-wide dark theme in Android 10. Many apps have already shifted to dark mode, and many starts follow the same route.

The Facebook-owned social media app Instagram has also started testing a dark theme for Android 10. Here is how to enable true dark theme in Instagram. Android 9 and Android 10 smartphone users can enable a dark theme in Instagram right now without root access. The dark theme is currently available for Instagram beta testers with version

enable true dark theme in instagram
Enable a true dark theme in Instagram

To enable a true dark theme in your Instagram, all you need to install Instagram v114. and then switch to dark mode in your phone. Keep in mind that this isn’t a stable version of the app.

The below guide is tested on Xiaomi Mi A3 with Android 9 Pie. It should also work on other phones running Android 9 Pie and Android 10.

Enable dark theme in Instagram

  1. First, download Instagram v114. APK from APK Mirror to your phone running Android 9 or 10.
  2. Install the downloaded APK (You don’t need to uninstall the Instagram app you have on the phone).
  3. Android 10 users go to Display settings menu and choose dark theme.
  4. Android 9 users follow below steps to enable Instagram dark theme.
  5. Enable Developer Options (To do so, go to Settings > About phone > tap build number 7 times)
  6. In Developer Options (Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options), scroll down and tap on Night Mode. Choose the option ‘Always on”.
  7. That’s it. Instagram will switch to dark mode.
Enable Night Mode in Android 9 Pie

If you want to go back to the light theme on Instagram, just turn off the Night Mode or System-wide dark theme.

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