1st Jan, 2023
Snapchat, the multimedia messaging app has added Dark Mode to its offerings.
Apps with Dark Mode have a darker background. This is said to be less irritating for the eyes and has other potential benefits.
This is how to change Snapchat to Dark Mode.
Open Snapchat on your smartphone. Make sure it is up-to-date. If it isn't, head to the Apple App Store to get it updated.
Tap on the avatar profile icon at the top left of the screen. Next, tap on Settings. This is the small cog symbol at the top right.
There are many settings available. Scroll down to “App presentation” and tap it. Dark Mode may not be available in your app if you don't have the App appearance setting.
Then, you can choose from three options. You can choose to have Snapchat appear dark.
Other options include “Always Light”, which will preserve the app's light appearance and “Match iOS”, which will allow Snapchat to match your device's settings so that it appears dark or light.
Snapchat Dark Mode was initially available only to a limited number of users.
Snapchat had earlier this year confirmed that it was testing the feature with “very small percentages”, Apple Terminal reports.
The initial version was limited to Apple devices and not Android. It was also only available for certain areas, such as Australia and the US.
It is possible that the trial took place before a wider rollout.
It is not known when Dark Mode will be made available to everyone, even those living in the UK.
This feature seems to have been rolled out overnight to many users worldwide, many of which have been sharing images from their Snapchat apps in dark mode via social media.
Dark Mode is likely to be available soon for UK app users, although an exact date has yet to be announced.