Dark Mode is the new cool. That’s why Facebook has also rolled out its own dark mode for the website as well as mobile app users. Although they have released the dark theme a bit later than other services, it has been welcomed warmly by the masses. If you want to know how to enable it, this post is specifically written for you.
Here, I will tell you everything you need to know about the Dark Mode on Facebook. Additionally, I will guide you on how to enable the dark theme on Facebook (on website, and mobile apps) easily.
What is the Facebook Dark Mode?
Dark Mode is the transition of the normal UI (user interface) of an app or website to a black or darker UI. This mode is widely preferred by fans throughout the globe as it looks cool, and puts lesser stress on the eyes. A lot of popular apps such as YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, and many others have already introduced dark mode to its users. Facebook decided to roll it out a bit later.
But now, the dark mode is finally available on Facebook as well. Facebook has now launched its dark theme across multiple platforms. It is available on the desktop app, desktop messenger, iOS app, Android messenger, and the website. The Facebook Android app is yet to get this feature completely. However, they have started testing it publicly recently.
Is it available for everyone?
Facebook first launched the dark theme for PC and iOS users. Although the dark mode was released in iOS in 2019, Facebook took almost a year to roll out its dark them on the platform. iPhone and iPad users can easily switch between the dark and normal UI on Messenger. Similarly, Android users can also access the dark mode in Messenger.
The app users have to wait for a couple of months before Facebook launches the dark mode for everyone. As of now, they have started publicly testing it. Facebook’s app researcher Jane Manchun Wong announced with a video tweet that Facebook is publicly testing the dark mode for its iOS and Android app. This means that it will only be available for a limited set of users for now. Later, it will be released for everyone if things work fine.
How to Enable the Facebook Dark Mode?
Since Facebook has already rolled out a dark-colored UI for certain platforms, you can enable and use it. The methods to turn on the dark mode is different for different platforms. I will explain all the available tutorials here. You can simply follow the one mentioned for your device and start using Facebook with a black background.
If you are habitual to using Facebook on your PC, you can follow the below-mentioned steps to turn it dark:
Step-1: Open a browser, and visit Facebook.com in it. Log in to your account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a new account.
Step-2: Once logged in, click on the down-facing arrow present in the upper-right section of the website.
Step-3: Now click on the ‘Display Preferences’ option present under ‘Help & Support.’
Step-4: You will find the ‘Dark Mode’ option on your screen. Just select ‘On’ to enable the dark mode.
That’s it. This will enable the dark mode on Facebook. All the pages you will scroll now onwards will be in darker UI, including the Messenger. If you want to turn it off, you can follow a similar procedure and turn off the feature.
On Mobile Apps
Facebook is yet to launch the dark mode officially for mobile apps. It is currently in the testing phase. I have already informed you that they are testing it publicly. So, in the regions where it is available, only they can use it as of now. However, all Facebook users can use dark mode in Messenger.
Earlier, you have to receive a particular ‘Moon’ emoji and tap it to turn on the Dark Mode. But now, Facebook has included the feature in the settings.
Follow these steps in order to enable the Dark Mode in Messenger on iOS:
Step-1: Open the Messenger app, and sign in to your Facebook account.
Step-2: Tap on your profile picture present in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step-3: You will see the Dark Mode option. Turn it on by moving the slider to the right.
That’s it. This is how you can turn the Messenger dark on your iPhone or iPad. You can reverse the feature in a similar manner.
Follow these steps to enable the Dark Mode in Messenger app on your Android device:
Step-1: Open the Messenger app on your Android device. Sign in to your Facebook account.
Step-2: Now tap on your profile picture present in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step-3: You will see the ‘Dark Mode’ option. Simply move the slider to the right side to turn it on.
That’s it. This is how you can turn on the Messenger app on your Android device. In a similar manner, you can reverse the feature if you wish to use the normal UI.
What are the Benefits of using Facebook in Dark Mode?
The dark mode not only looks cool, but it comes with a considerable list of benefits. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using apps and websites in a darker theme.
- The dark colors put a lesser strain on your eyes. If you keep using Facebook at night or with lights off, you should always use it in dark mode to protect your eyes.
- The black background will consume less power from the battery of your smartphone. So, using Facebook with a dark theme will make the battery last longer.
- The dark colors can help you focus on the things you are looking at.
- This mode improves visibility for the viewers with low vision and who are sensitive to bright light.
- You won’t end up getting caught if you secretly scroll Facebook under the blanket.
These are some serious benefits that made Facebook consider releasing a dark UI. Along with this, another reason that made a strong statement was that the people really wanted it.
Facebook is finally releasing the dark mode for its apps now. The feature is already available on its website and Messenger. This is how you can enable it. Whenever the global dark mode is made available to you, Facebook will send you a notification about the same. Keep an eye on that. You can also become a beta tester for the Facebook app on the Play Store to get it before other users.
That’s all for this post. I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to use the comment box to share your opinions about it.