How To Get Snapchat Dark Mode On Android & iOS 2023 (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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The year of dark mode was at the high of 2019, and most major apps like Facebook introduce the dark theme for their app, but not so much for Snapchat.

Snapchat has an official dark mode for iPhone, but on Android, there’s no official mode, and you’ll not even get to use the system-wide dark theme for Android on Snapchat.

However, we’ve discovered a way [tested] for you to enable dark mode on Snapchat for Android, but it comes with a catch.

In this article, you’ll learn how to get Snapchat dark mode on your Android or iPhone device. You’ll learn the option that works for enabling dark mode on Android.

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How To Enable Dark Mode On Snapchat On iOS

Snapchat has an official dark mode for iPhone, and you’ll be able to turn it on from the Snapchat settings. [You can also enable dark mode on WhatsApp].

Step 1: Open Snapchat

Open the Snapchat app on your iPhone or iPad device. Then tap on your Bitmoji at the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Tap Settings

Once you’re on your profile settings, tap on the Settings icon at the top right corner of your screen. It’s the gear icon.

Step 3: Go To App Appearance

On the Settings page, you’ll have to scroll down and tap on the App Appearance option. Then choose the dark theme for the app to get dark mode on Snapchat.

Tap on Always Dark, or Match System if you’ve enabled the iPhone system-wide dark theme. [You can also enable dark mode on Flipboard and YouTube].

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How To Get Dark Mode On Snapchat On Android

If you’re looking to enable Snapchat dark mode on Android [Samsung and other Android devices] we’ve got the full step-by-step guide you can use.

The Snapchat app doesn’t support the system-wide dark theme for Android devices.

But OxygenOS build based on ColorOS or FuntouchOS will be able to force it on a third-party app like Snapchat without app appearance settings.

Force Snapchat Dark Mode [OxygenOS & ColorOS]

You’ll be able to use selected Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Realme phones with the latest versions of Snapchat to force dark mode. [You can also enable dark mode on Pinterest and Twitter].

Step 1: Go To Android Settings

Open your Android phone Settings, tap on Display & brightness, then enable system-wide dark mode.

Step 2: Tap Dark Mode Settings

Once you’ve enabled the system-wide dark theme, tap the Dark mode settings. Then, tap on Dark Mode for third-party apps (beta).

Step 3: Toggle Snapchat

On the third-party apps list, you’ll see apps that don’t include the dark mode option. But with this setting, you can force the dark theme by turning on the app.

Toggle on Snapchat, and tap on Turn on from the pop-up menu. Then dark mode will be enabled on Snapchat. [You can also enable dark mode on Google Play Store and Google Drive].

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Force Snapchat Dark Mode [Developer Option]

If you’re using Samsung or another Android device like Google Pixel, Motorola, Tecno, and other brands you can use this guide to get dark mode on Snapchat.

But you’ll need to install an older version of Snapchat. We tested it with Snapchat v10.72.0.0 and it works, you can download it now from this site. [You can also enable dark mode on Slack and Gmail].

Step 1: Go To Android Settings

Open your Android phone Settings, and scroll down to About phone [Based on different models, it’s either at the top or bottom].

Note, the About phone may appear at the top of the settings or you’ll need to scroll down.

Step 2: Tap On Build Number

On the About phone, scroll down and you’ll see the Build number, then tap on it 6-7 times and you’ll become a Developer.

If you’re using Android 11 or newer, once you tap on the About phone, you may not see the Build option.

Instead, scroll down and tap Status, scroll down and you’ll see the Build number, tap on it 6-7 times and you’ll become a Developer.

Step 3: Go To System

Once you’ve become a Developer on your Android device, go to the Settings home, and scroll to System. Now, tap on the Developer options.

If you’re using Android 11 and newer, you’ll need to tap on Advanced, and then tap on Developer option

Step 4: Tap Override Force-dark

On the Developer options, scroll through the different options and toggle the Override Force-dark option under HARDWARE ACCELERATED RENDERING.

Step 5: Open Snapchat v10.72.0.0

Open the older version of Snapchat that you’ve downloaded on your Android device. And you’ll see that dark theme has been enabled on Snapchat

With this, you’ll not need the App Appearance option to turn on dark mode on Snapchat on Android.

For Dark Mode to work on Snapchat for Android, you’ll need to use an older version. The new version will not WORK, we’ve tested this.

You can download Snapchat v10.72.0.0 from APKMIRROR outside of the Google Play Store [don’t worry it’s Malware free].

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Conclusion

Snapchat has an official dark mode on iPhone that you can enable from the app appearance settings. But it’s a no for Android, there are no settings like this.

We don’t know why, and this hasn’t been communicated yet, but we hope Snapchat gets the official mode out soon.

If you want to turn on Snapchat dark mode on an Android phone like Samsung and other devices, you’ll be able to use the Developer option above.

What you need: Old Snapchat app version [I use Snapchat v10.72.0.0] and forced dark mode on the Developer option.

Once you get this, you’ll be able to get dark mode on Snapchat without app appearance on the Snapchat settings for Android.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why don’t I have a dark mode on Snapchat?

If you don’t have dark mode on Snapchat, and you’re using an iPhone, you’ll need to update the app to the latest version. If you’re using an Android device, there’s no official way to use dark mode. You’ll need to use the force-dark theme from the Developer option.

Why is forced dark mode not working on Snapchat?

If you’re using an Android device, and you’re trying to use the force-dark mode display on Snapchat through the Developer option, the app won’t go dark because you’re using an updated Snapchat app. To make the force dark you need to use an older version of Snapchat.

Is there an official dark theme on Snapchat for Android?

No, currently there’s no official dark mode for Snapchat on Android devices. Snapchat released an update that introduces the dark theme option to the app. But there’s a way you can enable dark mode for Snapchat.

Will Android users ever get a dark mode for Snapchat?

We don’t know that, and maybe in the future, the company may decide to introduce dark mode for Snapchat on Android. But as of now, we’re not sure. You can make it a priority by suggesting the app settings.

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