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How to Change the Colors and Themes of Your Instagram Chat

Here are some ways to inject color into your Instagram chats.

 

Variety is the best spice in life. So goes the old saying. It’s great that Instagram allows you to change the colors and themes of your Instagram chats. This allows you to spice up boring DMs.

Dark Mode was the only way to change the look of your Instagram chats. This became tedious quickly. Chat themes make messaging on Instagram much more enjoyable, customizable, and visually appealing.

This article will show you how to use Instagram chat templates to spice up your DMs. We also provide troubleshooting tips in the event that chat themes don’t work on your Instagram account.

To Access Themes, Update Your Instagram DMs

Chat themes can only be activated manually by updating your InstagramDMs ( all you need to know about InstagramDMs). Here’s how you do it:

  1. Tap the profile image at the bottom-right of the Instagram app.
  2. Tap the hamburger symbol at the top-right corner to select Settings.
  3. Finally, click the Update Messaging button. If this option isn’t available, you can continue to the troubleshooting section.
  4. An overview of all changes to Instagram Messaging will appear. Tap Update for more information.

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A message should be sent to you advising that Messages was updated. After the update is completed successfully, the Direct Messaging icon (DM) will be replaced with the Facebook Messenger icon. You can now use chat themes in your Instagram conversation.

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How to Change the Instagram Chat Themes

You can now customize your chats with chat themes. You can customize your Instagram DMs using chat themes by following the steps below.

  1. Open Instagram by tapping the messaging/DM icon at the top-right corner.
  2. Next, create a chat about the topic you wish to change.
  3. To open the Chat Settings menu, tap the profile.
  4. Select Theme in the Chat Settings Section.
  5. Select your preferred theme from the Themes section. You can also choose a color from the Gradients and Colors section.

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Instagram Chat Themes (Android)

Instagram Chat Themes (iOS)

How chat themes can change the look of your Instagram DMs

You can choose a theme to change the chat background/wallpaper to a preset photo or art. The color of your text bubbles, however, will be altered to match the background.

 

The wallpaper changes are effective for both the chatter and the recipient. If your friend does something creative and changes the chat theme on their Instagram account, it will also reflect on your end.

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If you want to use different colors or themes, and cannot agree on one, this could lead to confusion or conflict. Chat themes are available for both private and group chats. They aren’t available in the Instagram web version.

How colors and gradients can change the look of your Instagram DMs

You can only change the color or gradient of your text bubble. Your chat window will not change the color of your receiver’s text bubble or background.

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Instagram sends an in-chat message to both chat parties when a chat theme changes. You can quickly change the chat theme or color gradients by selecting Change theme in the notification message.

 

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If your Instagram Chat Themes aren’t Working…

There are simple fixes for any issues with your Instagram chat themes if you cannot change them.

You may need to update your Instagram messaging in order to use chat themes. Close the app and relaunch Instagram if you do not see the Update SMS option under the Settings menu.

Instagram will display a pop-up window with the Update option when you return to the app. To install the latest version, tap Update. You don’t have to download Instagram again. You can be up and running within seconds. Everything happens in the background.

These are some alternatives if that fails.

1. Check out Instagram Update

Make sure you have the most recent version of Instagram on your device. Check the Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android to see if an update is available. You can also follow the links below for the latest version.

 

Download: Instagram for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Clear Instagram’s cache (Android Only).

Apps can sometimes malfunction due to accumulated cache files. Clear cache from the Instagram app if you have problems with messaging on Instagram or chat themes.

  1. To access Settings, click Apps and notifications.
  2. Select View All Apps.
  3. Find Instagram on the App Info page.
  4. Tap Storage and cache, then click the Clear cache button.

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3. Restart your device

Restarting your phone may help you get rid of any device-related issues that prevent chat themes from reflecting on Instagram. Have you ever tried turning your phone off and on again?

Start your phone and reboot it. Launch Instagram to see if you are able to use chat themes.

4. Log out of your Instagram account

You can also log out of Instagram. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Tap the profile image at the bottom-left corner.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon at the top-right corner to select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings Page and click Log Out [account number].
  4. To save your login credentials, tap Remember at the pop-up prompt.
  5. Click Log out.

 

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Close Instagram and then reopen it. Check if the chat themes work correctly by logging back in to your account.

Stop boring Instagram chats

Chat bubbles and the default Instagram background are boring. Chat themes allow you to treat your Instagram DMs as a canvas. You can get creative by adding color to your Instagram DMs. This way, even your friends will be bored, you will have something to look at.

These changes will be reflected on both your side and on the other. Therefore, it is a good idea to not change chat themes too often without consulting the other person.

 

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