I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Every app under the sun that wants to be taken seriously by consumers and users needs to have a dark mode. Beyond the fact that it lessens the strain on your eyes when you’re aimlessly scrolling through social media, dark mode just generally fits with the aesthetic of more phones, unless you happen to like those devices that look like glossy pearls. Despite it being one of the most established platforms for upwards of a decade now, Facebook mobile has yet to receive the dark mode treatment which, fortunately for everyone that cares about these things, is seemingly about to change.
Facebook is confirmed that public testing of Facebook Mobile’s dark mode is currently underway. Facebook teamed up with Twitter personality and code guru Jane Manchun Wong to confirm that users beyond the initial testing batch were being given access to the dark mode variant of Facebook with MacRumours corroborating this by saying that several iPhone owners were also finding that they could switch to the dark mode in the Facebook app.
Facebook is publicly testing Dark Mode! 🌙
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 30, 2020
So it’s clearly in the process of rolling out to Facebook users although the conditions around whether or not you’re eligible for the update aren’t quite clear yet. If MacRumours is reporting on it then it might be a safe bet to say that the update is more likely for iPhone users but that’s sheer speculation on my behalf.
If you want to check if dark mode is available for your app, you can head to Facebook’s Setting and Privacy menu in the app’s options. If you can switch to Dark Mode, you’ll see a button labelled as such. Just give that a tap and you’re good to go! You can even set it so that it detects what kind of colour scheme you’re using for your phone and have it determine whether dark or light mode is a better fit. I love it when apps do that.