Here’s how to get the feature

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New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on May 04, 2021) follows:

Not long ago, using a phone at night or in dimly lit rooms used to be a pain since our eyes had to bear the brunt of bright light that was blasted through the screens of our phones and laptops.

This was, and still is in some cases, because apps and websites only offered a white/light background or theme.

Luckily, most developers have introduced a dark mode to their apps that lets users give their eyes a break in low-light situations.

Snapchat was one of the last social media apps to implement a dark mode and that is currently only available on its iOS application. More details here.

Snapchat Inc. has not shared any details regarding the availability of dark mode on its Android app, meaning users will have to wait indefinitely to get a simple feature such as dark mode, at least officially.

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Why did we mention ‘officially’ specifically? Well, that’s because there are a few ways to get a dark mode in the Snapchat app on Android unofficially.

So without any further ado, let’s check out the ways you can get dark mode in the Snapchat app on your Android smartphone.

How to enable dark mode in Snapchat on Android

Substratum: In case you’ve tried tinkering with your Android smartphone in the past, you’ve probably used Substratum or have at least heard of this theme engine.


Substratum lets you theme your device’s UI as well as third-party applications. Of course, you’ll need a rooted device for it to work and you may also have to purchase a theme such as Flux.

Force dark mode: Some OEMs such as Realme offer a force dark mode option in their skins. This allows users to force certain apps to use a dark mode even if they don’t support it officially.


Simply search for Dark Mode in the Settings menu on your Android smartphone and then find the option that says something like ‘Dark mode for third-party apps’ or ‘force enable dark mode’.

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Alternatively, you can also force dark mode on some apps via the developer options.

First off, head to Settings > About phone > Tap on the build number until you see a message that says something like ‘Developer options unlocked’.

Now open the developer options via the Settings menu and then toggle on the force dark mode option.


DarQ app: Users who’ve got devices running on Android 10 can install the DarQ application to force enable per-app dark mode. Fortunately, you don’t even need a rooted device. However, you’ll need access to a computer to pass a few commands to get the DarQ app to work on your phone.

You can watch this tutorial to set up DarQ on your Android phone:

That said, these are the best ways you can get the dark mode in the Snapchat app on your Android phone.

None of these ‘workarounds’ will offer perfect results but are still worth trying out until the official dark mode arrives.

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Update 1 (May 06)

Going by reports, another tweak that can be used to get Snapchat Dark mode is to install the Preferences Manager app. After installing the app, choose Snapchat on the app’s home page and then open the APP_START_EXPERIMENT_PREFS.xml file.

Following that look for the “DARK_MODE” flag, set it to “ENABLED.” That’s all

Update 2 (May 08)

Dark Mode app on Google Play Store is another option that can be used to enable the feature, as has been shared by a user in the following video:

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