Dark mode (sometimes referred to as night mode) is a setting in which the app’s color scheme is changed to a darker landscape. Another term for dark mode could be bedtime mode – this is the display setting if you plan to stay awake for a while (but with the lights off). The dark mode is available in other apps.
Dark mode allows you to use your phone or another smart device at night without straining your eyes, making it difficult to sleep or not causing any other problem. Unfortunately, not all apps offer a night mode, even some of the more popular apps haven’t added this incredibly useful feature yet.
Snapchat, the ubiquitous messaging and chat app, is well known for rolling out new features seemingly every week. Users are continually amused and entertained with the addition of these new features. However, a simple, built-in dark mode hasn’t been one of those notable updates to date.
While Snapchat’s dark mode is currently being tested, we haven’t received the update yet. Interestingly, users have created an online petition to force developers to add this feature.
Don’t worry, you are not completely out of luck. Let’s take a look at how you can use dark mode on Snapchat, although the app doesn’t have a built-in night mode feature.
How to Enable Dark Mode on Snapchat
If you are an iPhone user, Nightmare is a way to use dark mode on Snapchat. Nightmare is a user interface tweak that was released several years ago and is still available for people who want to bypass Snapchat’s limits.
Nightmare, unfortunately, is not available on the App Store. Instead, you will have to jailbreak your iPhone to use this useful tool. If you have a jailbroken phone, here are the steps to install Dark Mode on Snapchat:
- Open Cydia and install iFile.
- Click here to download the required Nightmare package.
- Go to Open in … and select iFile.
- Press the installer to extract the package.
- Once Nightmare is installed on your iPhone, you will need to restart Springboard for it to take effect. After rebooting it should look like this:
Nightmare works with all other Snapchat settings and can bypass Snapchat’s built-in jailbreak detection. You can customize the Snapchat theme by adding different color schemes, so give it a try if you have a jailbroken iOS device.
If you want to avoid jailbreaking your phone (which voids the warranty AND is believed to result in a Snapchat ban), you can invert the colors on your iPhone. It doesn’t look very good though; makes the screen darker.
To enable color inversion option on iPhone, follow these steps:
- Open configuration “
- Tap “General”
- Tap “Accessibility”
- Press “Display Accommodations”
- Press “Invert Colors”.
From here you can switch between “Smart Investing” or “Classic Investing”. Your screen will appear darker than before. Unfortunately, this may sound very strange. This is an easier method than jailbreaking your phone. The “Screen Fit” screen also has an option to “Reduce White Point”, which also makes Snapchat a bit more pleasing to the eyes.
Reversing the colors on your phone will not affect the result of the photos, nor will it change the functionality of the app.
Although iOS 13 introduced a dark mode option in settings, it still doesn’t change the color format of some apps, including Snapchat. Additionally, Snapchat does not work with a web browser, so you cannot use a dark mode web browser to access your favorite content. There are ways to use Snapchat without the Android or iOS app, but switching it to dark mode is another issue.
Don’t despair Android fans, we haven’t forgotten you. You won’t be able to use Nightmare, but there is another way to get a dark mode for Snapchat on your Android device.
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Android has 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. Here are the steps to follow:
- Enable unknown sources by going to Settings> Security> Lock screen & security> Unknown sources. Please note that the exact names of the settings may vary depending on your device.
- If you are using Samsung Galaxy S8 or later, download the Samsung Integration app.
- Go to Play Store, download Substratum, and install it.
- Open Substratum and select the theme you want to use.
- Select your device, then choose the app you want to use dark mode for and tap Install.
When the app was first released, users were struggling to add the dark mode feature to Snapchat. Fortunately, this has been fixed in recent updates, so there are currently two themes available for Snapchat: Swift Black and Swift Dark.
There is an app available on the PlayStore that while it does not add a dark mode to Snapchat, allows you to change the bright lights emitted by your phone screen. The Blue Light Filter app doesn’t require you to root your Android phone but rather acts as an on-screen movie. If you are looking to reduce noisy Snapchat lights, this is a non-invasive product available.
Another thing that you can do if you are an Android user is to wait for the arrival of Android Q, the next version of the Android operating system. It will feature a system-wide dark mode that works with most third-party apps, including Snapchat. If you signed up as a developer, you should be able to download the beta version of Android Q.