How to Get Dark Mode on TikTok

Easily change the color scheme of the TikTok app

What to Know

  • On iOS: Tap Me > three-dot menu icon > Dark mode. To keep it on all the time, tap the Dark circle checkbox.
  • Dark mode is not yet available on Android.

This article covers how to turn on dark mode on iPhones running iOS 13 and up.

How to Get Dark Mode on TikTok for iOS

Dark mode, which reverses the light and dark colors, so the background appears darker while the text appears lighter, is only available for the iOS version of the TikTok app. The feature is expected to roll out on TikTok for Android, but it's not clear when.

  1. Tap Me in the bottom menu to go to your profile tab.

  2. Tap the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner.

  3. Under Content & Activity, tap Dark mode.

    The Dark Mode setting on TikTok.
  4. If you want dark mode on all the time, tap the Dark circle checkbox.

    Alternatively, if you want TikTok to shift between dark and light mode according to your device's settings, tap the Use device settings button to turn it on.

    Tip

    Using your device settings means you won't have to manually change between light and dark mode, making it the more convenient option. Find out how to configure your iOS device appearance settings so that light and dark mode alternate automatically across your device based on the time of day.

  5. The appearance setting is saved automatically without the need to hit a save button, so you can tap the arrow icon in the top left corner to return to using TikTok as you normally would.

    Dark Mode preferences in TikTok.

You can change the appearance settings on TikTok for iOS any time you want and as often as you like. Refer to steps one through three above to do this at your convenience.

Why Use Dark Mode on TikTok?

Dark mode is easier on the eyes in low light conditions, such as at night. It reduces eye strain and is ideal for when you're not planning to read lengthy paragraphs of text.

When you enable dark mode on TikTok, you won't see any changes on the Home or Post tabs. Instead, you'll notice the appearance change on tabs like Discover, Inbox, and Me.

If you use TikTok almost entirely to view videos within your Home feed or post your own content, you may not notice much of a difference by enabling dark mode. However, if you regularly like to search for new content on the Discover tab, message other users, and access your profile, enabling dark mode may benefit you.

Tip

Want to change the appearance on other social apps too? Find out how to get dark mode on Facebook and dark mode on Instagram too.

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