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This article was published on September 25, 2019

Instagram is reportedly testing dark mode, here’s what it looks like

Instagram is reportedly testing dark mode, here’s what it looks like
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

We’re officially in the dark mode era. iOS 13 and Android 10, which rolled out recently, both have that option. Sadly, not all appsautomatically respond to the dark theme on your phone and turn the lights down.

However, according to reports by Android Police and 9to5Google, Instagram is testing a dark mode that not only works on Android 10, but on some of previous versions too.

Users who are part of the beta testing program for Instagram and using the version 114.0.0.24, should see the app automatically switch to the dark mode if the theme is applied system-wide. For a beta roll-out, the user interface looks quite sleek. Take a look at the screengrabs to get a better idea:

Credit: Android Police

The reports also suggest this mode also responds to Samsung’s Night toggle on Android Pie. Hopefully, we’ll see a rollout of the stable version with a dark mode in tow pretty soon.

We’ve asked Instagram for more details, and we’ll update the post if we hear back.

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