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Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

Users reported seeing the dark mode interface on iOS

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After launching a dark mode for its desktop interface, Facebook confirms it is testing a dark mode for its mobile apps as well. As first noted by SocialMedia Today, Facebook has made the dark mode available to a very small percentage of people globally, a spokesperson told The Verge in an email Sunday. The mobile version of the dark mode Facebook introduced last month for desktop is “meant to cut down on glare,” particularly in low-light environments, the spokesperson said. There’s no timeline yet for when the dark mode will be available to all mobile users, however.

 

Users who already have the new dark mode on mobile tweeted screenshots of what it looks like:

 

 

It’s a bit surprising it’s taken this long for Facebook to roll out a mobile dark mode; its Instagram, and WhatsApp apps have dark mode already, as does Facebook Messenger. Twitter has had a version of night mode for its Android and iOS apps for some time, and even Google rolled out a dark mode for its app earlier this year.

 

Low-light and dark mode varieties — which allow users to change the background color of an app window to black— are popular not only because they make apps easier to view for some users and are a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but because most dark mode versions can help preserve a device’s battery life as well.

 

UPDATE June 28th 2:24PM ET: Added confirmation from Facebook spokesperson

 

Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

 

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Facebook says dark mode is rolling out – but only for iPhone users

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Users of iOS (and possibly iPadOS) are finally joining the Facebook dark mode party – it's been confirmed that the option is now slowly rolling out to Apple's mobile devices, though you might not have it just yet.

 

Facebook confirmed to SocialMediaToday that "a small percentage of users" can now activate dark mode for iOS, with numerous tweets backing that up. It's not clear whether or not you need to be running the iOS 14 beta to be able to see it.

 

Android users have been testing dark mode since the start of the year, though it still hasn't made its way out to everyone yet – it remains to be seen if dark mode will go live for everyone on Android and iOS at once. If it's available on your device, it should be under the Settings & Privacy menu.

 

Dark mode has also made its way to Facebook on the web, though again it hasn't reached everyone yet – here are the instructions for activating it in Chrome if you're not seeing it as an official option on the main menu.

Keep on waiting

Considering dark mode has been embraced by so many apps in recent months, it's strange that Facebook is lagging behind. To be fair to its engineers though, they did get around to adding it to Facebook Messenger last year.

 

Last year also saw a system-wide dark mode officially launched for iPhones, with the arrival of iOS 13. It's possible that Facebook dark mode will appear for everyone with iOS 14 later in the year.

 

Until then you'll have to play the waiting game to get dark mode on your iPhone or iPad. The only other option is to enable the different look in Chrome for iOS or iPadOS – we've got instructions on how to do that here.

 

Besides turning on dark mode at the system level for Android and iOS, you can also find the setting in a host of individual apps, including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and the Google search app.

 

 

Facebook says dark mode is rolling out – but only for iPhone users

 

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