It’s common for people to experience eye strain when using their phones at night. Not only that, but harsh blue light from screens can make it difficult to sleep, cause headaches, and more. To get around this, 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 color scheme of the app is altered to a darker landscape. 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 is available  on other applications.
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.
Although it is rumored that dark mode for Snapchat is being tested, we have yet to receive the update. Interestingly enough, users have created an online petition to force the developers into adding this feature.
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?
As we’ve discussed, Snapchat does not offer a Night Mode option.
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 one 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.
If you’d like to avoid jailbreaking your phone (which voids the warranty AND has been rumored to result in a ban from Snapchat) you can invert the colors on your iPhone. Although this doesn’t look great; it does make the screen darker.
To turn on the inverted colors option in iPhone follow these steps:
- Open “Settings”
- Tap “General”
- Tap “Accessibility”
- Tap “Display Accommodations”
- Tap “Invert Colors”
From here, you can toggle on ‘Smart Invert’ or ‘Classic Invert’. Your screen will look darker than before. Unfortunately, it may look very odd. This is a simpler method than jailbreaking your phone. The “Display Accommodations” screen also has an option to “Reduce White Point” making Snapchat a little easier on the eyes as well.
Inverting the colors on your phone will not affect the outcome of any photos, nor will it alter the application’s functionality.
Although iOS 13 introduced a Dark Mode option in settings, it still doesn’t change the color format of certain apps, including Snapchat. Also, Snapchat doesn’t work with a web browser so you can’t use a web browser in Dark Mode to access your favorite content. There are ways to use Snapchat without the Android or iOS application , but getting that to go into Dark Mode is another issue.
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 a 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 the dark mode feature 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.
There is an application available in the Play Store  that, while it doesn’t add Dark Mode to Snapchat, it does allow you to change the harsh lights emitted from your phone’s screen. The Blue Light Filter application is one that doesn’t require rooting your android phone but instead acts as a film over the screen. If you’re looking to reduce the harsh lights of Snapchat, this is a non-invasive available.
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 more aesthetically pleasing, but it also protects your eyes during night time. Also, 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. We’ll have to wait and see what Snapchat decides to do in the future.