It is common for people to experience eye strain when using their phones at night. Not only that, but the intense blue light from screens can make it difficult to sleep, cause headaches, and more. To work around this problem, many apps, websites, and smart devices offer dark mode as an alternative.
What is dark mode?
Dark Mode (sometimes called Night Mode) is a setting where the app's color palette is changed to a darker landscape. Another term for dark mode might be bedtime mode – it's the display setting if you plan on staying awake for a bit (but with the lights off). Dark mode is available on many apps.
Dark mode allows you to use your phone or other smart device at night without straining your eyes, preventing you from sleeping or causing other problems. Unfortunately, not all apps offer night mode – even some of the most popular apps haven't added this incredibly useful feature yet.
How to enable dark mode: iOS
Snapchat, the ubiquitous photo messaging and chat app, is well known for rolling out new features seemingly every week. Users are continually amused and entertained by the addition of these new features. Fortunately, dark mode for Snapchat iOS was released in May 2022.
- Go to your profile in Snapchat by clicking on your " Bitmoji in the upper left corner.
- Select the "Gear Icon (Settings)" top right.
- Scroll down and select " Application Appearance.«
- Select “Always dark. »
How to use dark mode in Snapchat: Android
Don't despair, Android fans, we haven't forgotten about you. Android has not received any official update including Snapchat dark mode yet, but there is another way to get dark mode for Snapchat on your Android device. This involves enabling developer mode and using settings to “force” dark mode on Snapchat. Follow these steps to do so:
- Swipe down and select the gear icon (Settings) in the top right.
- Select "Show".
- Allow “Dark Mode”.
- Go back to Settings and scroll all the way down and select 'About Phone'.
- Select "Software Information".
- Find “Build Number” and click it repeatedly 6 times. You will receive a notification about developer mode after 3 clicks (you will need to enter your password/code to activate developer mode.)
- Go back to "Settings" and select the "Developer Options" which has just been activated.
- Scroll down and select "Force dark mode".
There are a few alternative methods for Android that are a bit outdated now that force dark mode exists. One is the Substratum app for using dark mode in any app, and it's pretty easy to install and use. However, your Android device must be rooted for the app to work.
There's another app available in the Play Store called Blue Light Filter which, while it doesn't add a dark mode to Snapchat, does allow you to change the harsh lights your phone screen emits. The Blue Light Filter app is an app that does not require you to root your Android phone, but rather acts like a movie on the screen. If you're looking to reduce Snapchat's harsh lights, this is a non-invasive option.
Do you have any tips, tricks, or questions about Snapchat's new dark mode for iOS or workarounds for Android? Let us know in the comment section below.