How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Instagram

Instagram Dark Mode got you down? You can easily switch back to Light Mode in just a few simple steps.

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Instagram

Has your Instagram feed gone dark? If you're here, you're one of the many Insta users who may have opened their app to discover Instagram's Dark Mode already enabled.

Luckily, you can turn off Dark Mode on Instagram in just a few simple steps, whether you're using an Android or iOS device.

In this guide, we go over why you might be seeing a darker feed and how you can return to the light.

You're Not Alone: Many Instagram Users Are Not Happy Campers

If you're fed up with Dark Mode, join the club. Many faithful Instagram users took to Twitter to share their feelings about the darker scroll they didn't ask for.

Tweet from Twitter user unhappy with Dark Mode
from Twitter
Tweet from Twitter user unhappy with Dark Mode
from Twitter

Some users even shared thoughts about Dark Mode and how it hinders accessibility within the app. For example, many struggled to read the captions when faced with white text on the dark background.

Tweet from Twitter user unhappy with Dark Mode
from Twitter

Are you loving Instagram's Dark Mode? Try changing your Snapchat to dark mode too.

What Does Instagram Have to Say?

Not much at all. In fact, Instagram has yet to release a formal statement about the change, nor has the social media company been necessarily active on Twitter replying to unhappy users.

However, Adam Mosseri, the CEO of Instagram did foreshadow some changes coming to the Insta Home feed back in May.

Video message from Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri
from Twitter

According to his update, content would be "more immersive" and "take up more of the screen." He mentions that in one test, photos and videos would be enlarged to take up more screen space.

Could Dark Mode be a part of this more "immersive" experience? We're not sure. Instagram tests app changes often and it's possible this change will go away with the next update. Only time will tell.

Other changes are happening on Instagram too, such as the prioritization of suggested posts. The good news is that you can turn off suggested posts too!

How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Instagram

Luckily, it's easy to turn off Dark Mode on Instagram when using both iOS and Android devices. However, it's a bit more of a hassle using an iOS device. Let's dive right in, shall we?

For iPhone

If you're using an iPhone, you'll be unable to turn Dark Mode off from inside the actual Instagram app. Bummer, right? Instead, you'll need to go to your device settings.

First, open the main device settings on your iPhone. Then, navigate to Display & Brightness.

Next, you'll want to select Light from the options under Appearance.

That's it! You should now be able to close the Instagram app, reopen it, and enjoy the lighter feed. Here is an example of both Light and Dark Mode:

For Android

If you're an Android user, this process is even simpler. You don't even have to leave the Instagram app! You lucky duck.

Simply tap on your Instagram profile photo and then select the hamburger menu icon. Here, you should see Settings then Set Theme.

Change it from "System default" to "Light" to override Instagram's new default dark mode. Once you've done this, you should see an immediate switch.

What If These Steps Don't Work?

It's possible that following these steps may not work for you. If that's the case, go ahead and delete the Instagram app and reinstall it. Then, follow these steps again if you need to.

Looking for even more Insta tips? Here at Kapwing, we're full of 'em! For example, check out our guide, When Is the Best Time to Post on Instagram? or dive into How to Pin Posts on Instagram. Of course, you can always visit the rest our Resources Library for more insights.

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