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Why has Instagram gone black? App surprises users with new dark feed


An unprompted change is turning people’s Instagram feed dark (Credit: Getty)

Instagram users having been firing the app up this week to find that things have changed a bit while they’ve been away.

An unprompted update to the app has switched the feed’s usual white background to black.

And while Instagram says the move is designed to make the app more immersive, not everyone is convinced.

Some say the new dark theme makes it harder to read the captions.

Other changes include increasing the size of posts and shifting them to a 9:16 ratio.

This is to make the app more video friendly and was first mooted by CEO Adam Mosseri back in May.

‘We’re moving Instagram to a place where video is a bigger part of the home experience, where the content is more immersive – takes up more of the screen – where are larger part of feed are recommendations – things we think you might love but you might not have heard of yet,’ he said.

‘We know the future of videos and the future of photos are mobile-first, they are 9:16, they are immersive, so what you’ll see is us testing out taller photos and taller videos in your feed.’

How do I change it back?

If you’re not a fan of Instagram’s new look, you may be wondering how you can switch back to the white background.

Android users can find the options in the settings menu within the app. Simply tap on your profile picture on the bottom of the screen and then the three horizontal bars at the top.

Click on Settings and then Theme and you can toggle between light and dark mode.

If you’re using an iPhone then it’s a bit trickier. Instagram will likely be copying your device settings, so you need to head to the main Settings app and scroll down to Display and Brightness.

Under the appearance option, you can toggle between light and dark or have your iPhone automatically shift with the rising and setting of the sun.


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