Facebook rolls out dark mode for mobile users

Joanna Estrada
June 29, 2020

Self-described "social media industry commentator" Matt Navarra on Friday retweeted screenshots of dark mode from iOS 14 user Craig Lugay.

Some of Facebook's apps including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram have featured ‌Dark Mode‌ for quite some time, so it remains to be seen as to why the company's flagship app took longer to gain the feature. The company has started testing the dark mode support on its mobile app.

According to a Facebook Spokesperson, the dark mode on mobile is "meant to cut down on glare" especially when using the app in low light environments. With the addition of Dark Mode on the main Facebook app, the whole family of Facebook apps will have support for the dark theme. The nation's largest carrier spent almost $1.9 million on Facebook and Instagram ads from May 22nd to June 20th. On desktop, users can enable and disable it from a toggle switch in the Settings drop-down menu. The social media platform already launched dark mode for the desktop interface and now, the dark mode version of mobile has been released to a small percentage of its users globally.

For those unaware, the company first made available the new design publicly in March, however, it was available as an opt-in feature, which was later removed.

Dark mode's benefits stretch beyond a visual aesthetic which might be preferable to certain users.

Similar to mobile experience, the new desktop website is faster with new streamlined navigation, easy to find videos, games and Groups, while the home page and page transitions load faster. Notifications icon, messenger shortcut and access to settings have also moved to the extreme right corner.

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