How to turn off Instagram dark mode - let there be light!

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If you're a little bored of the feature already, it's easy to change back.

How much do you use Instagram per day? 

One hour? Two hours? It may even be a bit of a scary thought. If you were to ask most people, they would say that they use Instagram more than any other social media - over the years, it's truly risen to become the favourite. 

If you head over to a friend's Facebook profile, chances are their page is just full of memes and funny videos they've shared which can be found on endless profiles. However, if you hop onto their Instagram, we bet you can easily identify it's theirs straight away even without checking the name or selfies. 

Instagram provides an opportunity to share what you love and are passionate about; in a way, your profile is an extension and embodiment of yourself and interests. It can help summarise your character, and that's what makes it so rewarding, finding people to connect with and making friends as you build your online presence. 

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What is Instagram dark mode?

However, it can be pretty addictive!

As we say farewell to the day and get into bed for a good nights sleep, we often find ourselves quickly checking Insta before nodding off, only to get sucked in for five minutes and end up wide awake. 

It's the brightness stimulating our brains, which is where Instagram dark mode comes in... 

After being requested for ages, it's finally here; essentially, it changes the app's background colour to black. Even if you don't find yourselves checking it late at night, it looks really cool anyway. 

The head of Instagram - Adam Mosseri - recently tweeted out: “Starting today [Tuesday, October 8th 2019] you can use Instagram in dark mode on iOS 13 or Android 10. Turn dark mode on your phone to try it out.”

So, how do you use it?

 

How to turn off Instagram dark mode: iPhone

Unfortunately, there's no way to turn the feature off and on solely through Instagram within the app's settings. However, you can access system-wide dark mode and turn it off if you have iOS 13 - as noted by the Mirror - by following these instructions:

1. Pull the control centre up on your iPhone

2. Long-press on the brightness indicator

3. De-select dark mode from the toggle options to disable it

4. You’ll see the colours change on your iPhone - and within the Instagram app itself

 

What about Android?

For Android users, you'll need Android 10. As noted by the earlier source, here's what to do:

1. Go to Settings, then Display

2. Tap Advanced, and de-select Dark from the Device theme menu

3. You’ll see the colours change on your iPhone - and within the Instagram app itself

So, there you have it!

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