Show DN: Instagram Dark mode - Decompiled the android app, changed colors et voila

7 years ago from , UI Designer / Web Developer @ sanid.me

Hey, I saw this Dribbble shot the other day and really liked the look of it. I'm generally more into dark UI's and my current phone (One Plus X) has a dark mode OS on it by default, so I was thinking about taking the new white and minimal instagram design onto the dark side over the course of the weekend. I am sorry instagram team, I know you made the official version to like like that for a purpose. I basically downloaded the new app and decompiled it. After getting familiar with what I got I started editing the colors and styles to fit my needs. Note my result was inspired by the dribbble shot but did not turn out like it in the end, I liked to throw in some more red onto the dark tones. It's far from perfect but it's ok for me tbh, there are obviously bugs now with some elements still being displayed in white but I don't really have the source code or know much about the structure of the app to be able to make it 100% correct.

Result - Video

I have uploaded a short video going through the app: Video Link

Result - Screenshots

Here are screenshots of the result for those who don't want to watch the video:

Instagram Dark

If GIF is not shown, you can visit Imgur

Obviously I don't thing I can just distribute the .apk and don't really know if there is a legal way to share this with the ones that would like to have it on their device. If you have an idea let me know.

Sorry about my english guys


  • Zach CossZach Coss, 7 years ago

    Really great! I wish Insta would enter a night-mode feature when your time zone hits PM.

    2 points
  • Kaan Eryilmaz, 7 years ago

    Nice work :) it's really cool to see it live

    1 point
    • Sanid Jusic, 7 years ago

      Thanks! It was quite fun. Nice that you saw it here, I would have let you know in the dribbble comments but you found it already :)

      0 points
  • Mujtaba Mujeeb, over 6 years ago

    Hey please share the apk. I'd really appreciate. I've been finding for months now and I really need this for my experience. Pls

    0 points
  • Praneeth Yanamandra, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I guess you can just mail me the app or Can you tell me step by step on how to do this! Please do something....in need of it ASAP thanks in advance

    0 points