Does Snapchat Have a Night/Dark Mode?
Many apps, websites and other environments allow users to interact with the site or technology using graphics screens containing imagery. One common feature in such sites: a “dark mode” or “night mode” 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).
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.
How Do You Get Snapchat in Night Mode?
Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t have a built-in dark mode. 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? Maybe there are reasons for not having a dark mode?
First of all, Snapchat hasn’t changed much in terms of aesthetic over the years. While it added more features, 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 who came out against it.
However, this is the world of technology and of course, if you want to have a dark mode enabled for your Snapchat sessions, then there are ways of making it happen. In this article, I’ll show you how.
Does iPhone Have a Dark Mode?
If you’re an iPhone user, Nightmare can be the best way of installing dark mode on Snapchat. Nightmare is a user interface tweak released several years ago but which is still available for use by people who want to overcome the limitations of Snapchat.
Nightmare is not available in the App Store; you need to jailbreak your iPhone to use this one. If you have a jailbroken phone, here are the steps that you need to follow to install dark mode on 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 Do You Turn on Night Mode on Snapchat on Android?
Don’t despair, Android fans, we haven’t forgotten about you. 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 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, the above options are your safest bet. It’s available on many social platforms. We’ll have to wait and see what’s up with Snapchat. In the meantime, if you want to expand the number of Snapchat filters you have, that’s always another option.
Are you willing to give these options a shot? Don’t forget to share your opinions on these tweaks in the comments below.