According to a recent leak, you might need to pay Snapchat $4 monthly to use dark mode on your Android phone.
Android first received the system wide dark mode feature back in 2019 with the launch of Android 10. And since then, most Android apps have supported dark theming as well.
However, for some reason, Snapchat does not have a dark mode feature for Android devices, but it’s there on the iOS application.
Want Snapchat dark mode on Android? That’ll be $4, please!
Allegedly, Snapchat is working on offering the dark mode feature to Android users, but there’s a monetary catch.
A new leak from Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter suggests that the company might not make it free. Instead, it could paywall dark theming behind Snapchat+, its $4-per-month subscription plan.
Based on the information leak, the theming system might function similarly to other Android apps. Supposedly, there are three dark theme modes to choose from: Match System, Always Light, and Always Dark.
Nevertheless, in theory, user will not be able to use these modes unless they have a Snapchat Plus membership, which goes for $4 a month.
Thoughts on this
So, given that it’s merely a leak that hasn’t been formally communicated by the company, we should not be too quick to evaluate the whereabouts of the feature.
It’s also possible that Snapchat has locked this functionality behind Snapchat+ for testing purposes on a select number of Android users. When completed, it might be made available to everyone at a later date.
This echoes what the company’s official page says — that a Snapchat+ subscriber exclusively gets the chance to see new features ahead of the rest.
This once again confirms the company is experimenting with the dark mode functionality, but only for a select group of paying Android users. Therefore, we should wait for the official announcement for more information.
We will continue to monitor any significant updates and revise this article accordingly.