Facebook dark mode is coming but some fans can use it right now
Facebook is the next (and probably one of the last) major application set to receive a dark mode. WhatsApp, Instagram and even Facebook Messenger already offer the gloomy aesthetic that not only makes viewing easier on your eyes, but it should also save device battery life, too.
Facebook unveiled its plans to redesign the social network at the tail end of last year by removing the signature blue banner from the top of the platform and by, you guessed it, adding a dark mode.
Back in October, a swathe of Facebook users were asked to test the client’s new look and many shared images of it in action.
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As you’d expect, Facebook dark mode ousts the social network’s retina-searing whites in favour of blacks and dark grey. There are still a few spots of colour here and there, like having a flash of blue at the top to indicate whether you’re browsing the home feed, marketplace or array of video content for instance.
Although the social media titan initially limited the rollout of its new design to beta testers, it appears to be expanding the pool of users that are able to take it for a spin. Although we haven’t been offered to give it a go at Express.co.uk, many of our family and friends have.
If you haven’t been given the option to use Facebook’s new design, don’t worry. It’s expected the social network will update its design for everyone in the near future.
In addition to desktop, Facebook is also working on a dark mode for Android and iOS. Back in August Jane Manchun Wong – an app engineer with an astute track record – showed off an early version of Facebook dark mode for mobile.
As you’d expect, Facebook dark mode on mobile looks pretty similar to that on desktop – only it’s possible your smartphone could benefit from improved battery life if it has an OLED display.
Facebook recently invited beta testers to try out the client’s new design on mobile, particularly on Android, suggesting it could debut alongside its desktop counterpart later this year.
But of course, Express.co.uk will keep you up to date with all the latest Facebook dark mode announcements for desktop and smartphones.
You might be wondering why it has taken Facebook this long to introduce a dark mode for its flagship service, and we’re wondering the same thing to be honest. Facebook-owned apps WhatsApp, Instagram and even Facebook Messenger all offer a dark mode. Not to mention the fact Apple and Google both introduced system-wide dark themes for their respective operating systems in September and August respectively.
WhatsApp received its dark mode last week, you can find out how to enable it here.
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