Snapchat dark mode on Android is a symbol of injustice

Emre Çitak
Jun 21, 2023
Updated • Jun 21, 2023
Apps, Mobile Computing

Snapchat has finally answered the prayers of millions of users by introducing the highly sought-after dark mode feature for both iOS and Android.

This feature, which has gained immense popularity in recent years for its visually appealing and comfortable viewing experience, especially in low-light conditions, was met with excitement and anticipation across both platforms but users are not so pleased with the release of it.

Snapchat dark mode on Android
Dark Mode provides a visually pleasing experience by utilizing a darker color palette - Image: Snapchat

Snapchat dark mode on Android hits the paywall

However, the way this feature is being made available to users has caused quite a stir within the Android Snapchat community. While iOS users can enjoy Dark Mode for free, Android users have been disappointed to discover that they are being asked to pay a monthly fee of $4 for access to the feature through Snapchat+.

Company charging for Snapchat dark mode on Android decision dampened the initial excitement and led to an outpouring of disappointment and anger among Android users.

Is another revolt on the way?

Snapchat's decision to put Dark Mode behind a paywall has not been well-received. Users took to social media to express their frustration and discontentment. Some even went as far as calling Snapchat "evil" for this move, pointing out that Dark Mode is a system setting available for free on many other apps.

The discrepancy between iOS and Android users' access to Dark Mode has left many Android Snapchat users feeling neglected and disregarded. All of this raises the question of whether we will face a reaction similar to Reddit's API changes.

Snapchat dark mode on Android
Snapchat dark mode on Android is sadly a paid feature - Image: MacRumors

Snapchat's response

In response to the backlash, Snapchat has remained relatively quiet, which has further fueled the frustration among Android users. The lack of communication from the company has intensified the perception that Android users' concerns are not being taken seriously.

As the discontentment persists, users hope that Snapchat will address their decisions and work towards finding a solution that satisfies both iOS and Android users.

How to enable Snapchat dark mode on Android

Despite the paywall controversy, Android users still have official methods to enable Dark Mode. By following specific steps, users can access the feature within the Snapchat app.

  1. Open Snapchat, if you don't have the app get Snapchat for Android via the link here
  2. Head over to the ''Settings'' menu
  3. Select ''App Appearance''
  4. Find ''Dark Mode'' and select it

Oops, sorry. This one is for Apple users. You need to subscribe to Snapchat+ if you are using an Android phone and find Dark Mode from that section of settings. Here is how to subscribe to Snapchat Plus:

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Tap on the topmost Snapchat+ banner
  3. Start your 7-day free trial by selecting a subscription

After successfully subscribing, you may need to restart the Snapchat app for the Snapchat+ feature options to appear, and you may find the option of a Snapchat dark mode on Android. Snapchat, which messed things up with My AI, found itself in the middle of a controversy again.

Snapchat dark mode on Android
Snapchat allows users to choose between light mode and dark mode based on their personal preferences - Image: Snapchat

Additionally, there are third-party apps available that offer alternative solutions for enabling Dark Mode on Android devices.

However, Android Snapchat users still find it unfair that iOS users can enjoy Dark Mode for free while they are required to pay a monthly fee for the same feature.


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  1. Jake May said on July 23, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Android/Samsung/Google will lose massive income shortly due to no dark mode. Alot of these users will be switching over to Apple very shortly if the large companies don’t get this resolved. It’s time to step up for your customers android/Samsung/google and get this done with snapchat now. One more month and everyone at my school is switching to Apple. It’s going to be a big trend on tiktok. Prepare to go bankrupt Android/Samsung/google

  2. John G. said on June 21, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Now paying is an injustice. Another brick in the wall of social stupidity.
    2030 NWO Agenda.

    1. Anonymous said on June 26, 2023 at 12:35 am

      One of the general problems with paywalls is that it’s for something that can be replicated for free and yet access is restrained. Less stupidly inefficient ways to pay for work should be used.

    2. Anonymous said on June 26, 2023 at 12:32 am

      Congratulations, that’s the shittiest feature ever I’ve found a paywall about. A symbol of injustice, maybe not so much, right ?

  3. Tony O said on June 21, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Social media…continuing to lead to the ruination of society.

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