When you try photos and other media on Instagram, the standard bright white layout can literally be a blot, especially in dimly lit environments where the bleached interface fades. Luckily, there's a free tweak that you can install to enable the dark mode in the Instagram app for the iPhone. Of course there is a catch: this mod only works if your iPhone is jailbroken.
The built-in "Smart Invert" feature in iOS 11 and above gives you a pseudo-dark mode in Instagram, but the colors in the photos and videos are also adjusted, which does not lead to a good experience. Fortunately, there is a steady jailbreak for iOS 1
IGDarkMode, by developer Chloe Kuznetsov, is pretty easy to install and activate. Best of all, you do not have to install an external repo in Cydia to get the optimization.
Step 1: Install IGDarkMode
Grab your iPhone and open Cydia to get started, then tap the magnifying glass icon on the bottom right to access the search feature. Type "igdarkmode" in the search bar, and then tap optimization as it appears in the results panel.
On the page, tap Details for IGDarkMode on "Change" top right. Click "Install" when the confirmation prompt appears at the bottom of the screen.
Now tap "Confirm" top right. The optimization will now be downloaded to your device. Therefore, wait until the process is complete. Then click "Restart SpringBoard" to restart your iPhone and install IGDarkMode.
With IGDarkMode you can now enjoy Instagram as usual. This time, however, the app will now have a dark theme that is visually much more attractive, but thanks to the significant reduction of white and blue light, it's also easier on your eyes.
The dark mode will appear in applied throughout the app, so there are no inconsistencies or annoying changes from dark to illuminate topics as you navigate Instagram and interact with friends and family. All in all, it's highly recommended to do so, especially if you're a strong Instagram user, giving your eyes a break.
IGDarkMode also has more to offer as the developer is working on an update options for changing the colors of the text and icons in Instagram. The release of the update is not known yet, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned.