It’s common for people to experience strain when using their phones at night. Not only that, but harsh blue light from screens can make it difficult to sleep, can cause headaches, and more. To get around this, many apps, websites, and smart devices offer dark mode as an alternative.
Dark mode (sometimes called night mode) is a setting where the usual color scheme of the app is altered to be more comfortably viewed in a dark environment. Another term for dark mode might be bedtime mode – this is the display setting if you plan to stay up for a bit (but with the lights out).
Dark mode makes it possible to use your phone or another smart device at night without straining your eyes, making it difficult to sleep, or causing any other problems. Unfortunately, though, not all apps offer a night mode – even some of the most popular apps out there have yet to add this incredibly helpful feature.
Snapchat, the ubiquitous texting and chatting 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. However, a simple built-in dark mode has not, to date, been one of those featured updates.
Don’t worry, though, you’re not completely out of luck. Let’s take a look at how you can use dark mode in Snapchat, even though the app doesn’t have a built-in night mode feature.
Does Snapchat Have a Night Mode?
Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t currently have a built-in dark mode feature. This is too bad as it is one of the classic apps that someone is likely to burrow under the covers with. The lack of a dark mode feature has actually been the source of some controversy within the Snapchat community as many major social media apps already have this feature.
But maybe Snapchat just doesn’t want to be like everybody else. Are there any reasons for not having a dark mode?
First of all, Snapchat hasn’t changed much in terms of aesthetic over the years. While it has added more features and made some changes to the user interface, there’s still the familiar color scheme, which might get ruined if there were a dark mode. Snapchat could’ve definitely introduced this feature by now, but it seems as if the developers don’t want to. In fact, there are both Snapchat users who requested it and some who have come out against it.
However, as mentioned, there are some workarounds if you really want to be able to use dark mode in Snapchat. Let’s take a look at how you can do it for yourself.
How to Use Dark Mode in Snapchat (iOS)
If you’re an iPhone user, Nightmare is probably the best way of using dark mode in Snapchat. Nightmare is a user interface tweak that was released several years ago and is still available for use by people who want to circumvent the limitations of Snapchat.
Nightmare is, unfortunately, not available in the App Store. Instead, you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone to use this helpful tool. If you have a jailbroken phone, here are the steps that you need to follow to install dark mode in Snapchat:
- Open Cydia and install iFile.
- Click here to download the necessary Nightmare package.
- Go to Open in… and select iFile.
- Tap the installer to extract the package.
After Nightmare is installed on your iPhone, you’ll have to restart Springboard for it to take effect. After the restart, it should look like this:
Nightmare works with all other Snapchat tweaks and it can evade Snapchat’s built-in jailbreak detection. You can customize Snapchat’s theme by adding different color schemes, so give it a try if you have a jailbroken iOS device.
How to Use Dark Mode in Snapchat (Android)
Don’t despair, Android fans, we haven’t forgotten about you. You won’t be able to use Nightmare, but there is another way to get dark mode for Snapchat on your Android device.
Android has the Substratum app to use dark mode in any app, and it’s quite easy to install and use. However, your Android device needs to be rooted for the app to work. Here are the steps that you need to follow:
- Enable unknown sources by going to Settings > Security > Lock screen and security > Unknown Sources. Keep in mind that the exact settings names might vary according to your device.
- If you’re using Samsung Galaxy S8 or higher, download the Samsung Integration app.
- Go to Play Store, download Substratum and install it.
- Open Substratum and select the theme that you want to use.
- Select your device, then choose the app for which you want to use dark mode and tap Install.
When the app was first released, users had issues adding dark mode to Snapchat. Luckily, this has been fixed in recent updates, so there are two themes available for Snapchat right now: Swift Black and Swift Dark.
Another thing that you can do if you’re an Android user is to wait for Android Q, the next release of the Android operating system, to arrive. It will feature a system-wide dark mode that works with most 3rd party apps, including Snapchat. If you’ve signed up as a developer, you should be able to download the beta version of Android Q.
Will Snapchat Ever Have Dark Mode?
There are a ton of benefits to using dark mode. Not only do many users find it sleeker, but it also protects your eyes during night time. In addition, it can save quite a bit of battery power, especially if your device has an OLED screen.
Until Snapchat decides to introduce dark mode (if ever), the above options are your safest bet. We’ll have to wait and see what Snapchat decides to do in the future.
In the meantime, if you enjoyed this article, be sure to read this TechJunkie piece on how to expand the number of Snapchat filters you have.
Are you willing to give these options a shot? Don’t forget to share your opinions on these tweaks in the comments below.