Since the official launch of Dark Mode on Android 10, all of the most popular apps have adopted the dark look. Snapchat, which is one of the most popular apps on the market, took a different approach and left its users famished for basic features. The function finally became online in the first week of May, but only for a small percentage of Snapchat users.
If you’re part of the other half, you’re bound to have some questions, and we’ll try to answer a few of them today. Let’s get started without further ado.
Why don’t you have dark mode on Snapchat?
As previously said, Snapchat has launched the much-anticipated dark mode, but only for a select group of users.
Snapchat users who have access to Apple’s iOS are likely to have the newly released dark mode. It should be noted, however, that this is a staggered rollout, which means that not all iOS users will receive the much-anticipated feature at the same time. So, if you’re on iOS and can’t find the dark mode feature, you’ll have to wait.
Users of Android, on the other hand, have been utterly ignored. The developers have yet to send out the dark mode upgrade to Android users.
Note that because Snapchat is identical on iOS and Android, the dark mode feature is likely to arrive on the Google-owned platform sooner rather than later. In the meanwhile, you can either wait for an update or find a solution.
How to enable Snapchat dark mode on iOS
To use Snapchat’s dark mode on iOS, make sure you have the most recent version of the app installed on your iPhone. After you’ve double-checked that, open Snapchat and touch on your Bitmoji (profile photo) in the top left corner of the app’s main screen.
When your Snapchat account screen appears, go to the Settings section by tapping on the cogwheel icon at the top right corner.
Inside Settings, scroll down until you find the ‘App appearance’ option and tap on it.
You should see three options when the App Appearance panel loads: Match System, Always Light, and Always Dark. The ‘Always Light’ option will be used by default, as this is how Snapchat appears in its original hue.
If you want Snapchat’s Dark Mode to be on all the time, tap on the ‘Always Dark’ button. This will transform the app’s background to dark grey swiftly, and you won’t be able to return to light mode until you return to this screen.
Select the ‘Match System’ option if you want Snapchat’s Dark mode to match iOS’ system appearance and toggle itself ON only when iOS’ dark mode is activated. Unless your system’s dark mode is enabled, Snapchat’s backdrop will not shift to dark grey right away.
How to get Snapchat’s dark mode on Android
If you’re an Android user, Snapchat’s discriminatory policy is bound to irritate you. Instead of waiting, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself occupied, and you’ll probably acquire the feature sooner than the majority.
Look for an update
Snapchat is expected to release the dark mode via a software update when it ultimately decides to do so. Software updates are usually installed automatically when your phone is turned off or charging. Manually checking for updates, on the other hand, is the way to go if you want to ensure rapid delivery.
To check for an update, press and hold an app, then tap the information symbol in the top-right corner of the popped-out window. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘App details in store.’ This will take you to the Google Play Store page for the app.
If an update is available, you will see the button at the top. Tap on it to update the app. Hopefully, you’ll get the ‘App Appearance’ section right away.
Play around with Preferences Manager [Root Only]
This step is only for rooted Android smartphone owners, as the title implies. If your phone is in good working order and you don’t want to give up official software updates or the manufacturer’s guarantee, we recommend looking into the alternatives.
The Preferences Manager, on the other hand, will come in handy if you already have a rooted Android phone. It will allow you to access experimental features of apps on your phone, such as Snapchat’s dark mode.
After you download and install the Preferences Manager app from the Google Play Store, tap on ‘Snapchat’ to explore its preferences.
Now, open the ‘APP_START_EXPERIMENT_PREFS.xml’ file. You should see the ‘DARK_MODE’ flag inside the app. Simply set it to ‘ENABLED’ and exit the app.
Go back to Snapchat and you should be greeted with the dark theme.
Keep in mind that Snapchat’s dark mode is currently an experimental function. As a result, don’t be shocked if you come across a few problems here and there.
When will dark mode be released for Android users?
Many features are available to iOS users before they are available to Android users. And Snapchat’s dark mode isn’t an exception. Snapchat had been testing the dark mode on iOS smartphones for over a year before making it official, and we expect the same treatment for Android users. To find out when the feature is ready for testing, we’ll have to keep a careful check on the process. Snapchat hasn’t revealed an official launch date as of yet.