Instagram is introducing more changes to its app this week, in addition to the dark mode which reduces the strain on your eyes and saves crucial battery life.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on October 9, 2019

Your Instagram mobile app can have a dark face.

Dark modes, as they are called, are becoming popular, as they reduce the strain on your eyes and save battery life.

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced the photo and video-sharing social networking service has updated its app to take advantage of the native dark mode support in the Apple iOS 13 operating system, the mobile operating system powering iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. The dark mode feature is also on Android 10 operating systems.

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However, as The Verge reported, “Instagram doesn’t let you toggle the dark mode option on or off within the app itself, as Twitter’s pre-iOS 13 addition of the feature does.”

It means that you have to pair it with your iPhone’s system-wide settings.

To ensure your photo and video-sharing social networking app has a dark mode:

Ensure you use iOS 13 and turn the dark mode on at the system level. Your Instagram app will auto-adjust to dark mode.

To ensure you are running iOS 13 on your iPhone, open Settings on your device, then go to Display and Brightness, and tap Dark.

Install the Instagram app (or update it to the latest version) on your device and open it. Instagram will, by default, automatically respond to your device’s system setting.

Dark Mode was among several features introduced by Apple when it rolled out iOS 13. The mode created for low-light environments allows users to set schedules to turn it on or off and integrates with multiple third-party apps.

There are more changes to the app this week, Gizmodo reported. The company announced Tuesday (US time) that it’s adding a new tool to help users identify potential phishing schemes masquerading as emails from Instagram by cross-checking a list of emails the company sent them through the app. The tool will appear as an “Emails From Instagram” tab under the security section in settings.

In addition, the Following tab that surfaced the activity of other users, including their likes and follows, is being deleted. Instagram said the Following tab was not widely used and had become a surreptitious stalking resource.