Instagram launches dark mode and gets rid of the 'following' tab as platform refresh continues

Instagram launches dark mode and gets rid of the 'following' tab as platform refresh continues

Everyone loves a dark side, and now Instagram users have the choice to make the switch. 

On October 8th, the photo-sharing app launched its own dark mode, following on from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, as well as other apps, including Discord and Twitch. The update was announced by Instagram head Adam Mosseri.

To toggle dark mode on and off, users must go into the app within their phone's settings, not the app itself. It's only available to iPhones running iOS 13 and Android phones running Android 10.

Goodbye, following tab

While turning off the lights, Instagram has also quietly removed the 'following' tab. This option within the app curated a separate feed that allowed users to see what their friends and followers were liking and commenting on.

The tab was quietly taken down in August, but Instagram has now officially confirmed its departure. Though naturally, not all users are pleased about Instagram removing its glorified stalking feature.

 Fresh updates

As well as the above, Instagram is reportedly testing a group stories function, which will allow multiple users to contribute to a story post together. The discovery was made by tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong.

Its an interesting move, considering parent app Facebook recently discontinued its group story function just nine months after its release.

Another update released in August also lets Instagram users flag false or suspicious information shared to the platform. The update is only live in the US currently, but it is part of a string of steps to improve safety and wellbeing on Instagram. 


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.