Instagram provides an alternative color scheme that replaces Instagram’s usual white interface with shades of gray and black across the app for your iPhone or Android smartphone.
It can help improve your phone’s battery life if you’re a particularly heavy user, because white pixels draw measurably more power than black ones. This is particularly true of phones with AMOLED screens, where black pixels are switch off entirely. Many people also find that dark mode reduces eye strain, particularly at night, due to reduced glare.
It’s easy to enable too. Just follow the steps outlined below.
If you have an iPhone running iOS 15, these steps will allow you to change its system settings and use Instagram in dark mode.
To enable Instagram’s dark mode for phone running Android 11, simply follow these four steps:
If Instagram is draining your phone’s battery, there are other steps you can take to conserve a little extra juice.
To keep you scrolling, Instagram pre-loads images and videos, but you can limit this behavior. Tap the menu icon at the top right of the app, then tap the settings icon at the bottom. Tap ‘Account’, followed by ‘Mobile data use’ and toggle ‘Data saver’ on.
This will prevent videos loading in advance, so they’ll only be downloaded when you choose to play them. It’s unlikely to have a huge effect, but if you regularly find your battery down to its last 10% with no charger in sight, every little helps.