We’ve known for some time that Facebook is working on bringing a dark mode its Android app, now Facebook dark mode is rolling out to a large pool of users.
Facebook dark mode for iOS and Android
Facebook is also testing a new design for Android, which also offers a dark mode option.
Facebook’s mobile dark mode still seems to be very much a work in progress, and some users who’ve managed to catch a sneak peek at it have reported that it seems to be unfinished, switching between dark and light modes seemingly at random.
There’s no sign yet of dark mode for iOS, but we’d be surprised if it’s far behind, as the two mobile apps share a lot of the same assets.
For the time being, you can experience the dark side on your phone or tablet using Google Chrome: type chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark into the address bar and change the flags ‘Android web contents dark mode’ and ‘Android Chrome UI dark mode’ to ‘Enabled’. Once that’s done, log in to Facebook via Chrome and enjoy the new look.
The dark mode is already available on Facebook Messenger. To activate it, simply tap your profile picture, then tap the ‘Dark mode’ switch.
We anticipate a full Facebook dark mode for iOS, iPad and Android will arrive soon, and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more. We’ve already seen the arrival of Instagram dark mode, and WhatsApp dark mode is now in beta testing, so we expect it won’t be-long.
Facebook dark mode for desktop
Facebook has been working on a new design for its desktop site for several months now, with an optional dark mode, and has now announced that it’ll be rolling out to “the vast majority” of users over the coming days.
When you get the update, you should see a prompt at the top of the screen asking if you want to try the new-look Facebook. Once you accept, you’ll be able to switch to dark mode from the settings menu.
If you’re still waiting to receive the new design, you can use Google Chrome to ‘force’ dark mode on Facebook. This doesn’t look exactly the same as the official dark mode will, but it’s not too far off.
First, make sure you have the latest version of Chrome. If you’re not sure,
- Open the main menu.
- Select ‘Help’.
- ‘About Google Chrome’, and the browser will find and install any available updates automatically.
- Now visit chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark in the address bar, and change the first drop-down box you see from ‘Default’ to ‘Enabled’. You’ll be prompted to re-launch the browser, so make sure you save any work first.
When Chrome re-opens, you’ll find that every site you visit, including Facebook, now has inverted colors where appropriate. It’s not yet perfect (sometimes white parts of images are turned black incorrectly), but it works quite well overall.