Facebook’s dark mode finally debuted last year after a protracted development period, and while it was previously only available on PCs, it is now also available on iPhone and Android devices, yay!
In its new “dark mode,” Facebook switches from its customary bright, white interface to one that is black and grayscale on both desktop and mobile devices. Even while it might not seem important, if you were among the first to use Google Chrome’s dark mode, you probably already know the advantages it can offer.
Using Facebook’s dark mode can help make the writing easier to read, protecting your vision by decreasing eye strain, whether you have one of the best Windows laptops or are more of a lover of the finest MacBooks and Macs. Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that limiting blue light at night may aid in improving your ability to sleep, even if research in this area is still rather limited at this time.
There is even more good news for you if you own one of the greatest iPhones or Android phones since Google’s research demonstrates that pixel colour directly affects power draw(opens in new tab), with black pixels using substantially less energy than white ones. Therefore, switching to Facebook’s dark mode instead of its stark, white interface could extend the time between charges for your mobile device.
Facebook’s dark mode is quite simple to enable on any of your devices, but in case you need some guidance, we’ve provided some steps below for desktop and mobile. Let’s look at this…
Facebook desktop dark mode
Earlier this year, Facebook launched a new desktop site design with an optional dark mode. The process of rolling out the new design to everyone took a while, but it was finally finished in October 2020.
Simply click the top-right menu button (a downward-pointing arrow), choose “Display preferences,” and then utilise the switch to activate dark mode on Facebook for desktop.
You may still enjoy a comparable experience if you favoured the old-style Facebook layout and did not opt to convert to it when given the choice by using Google Chrome to “force” dark mode on Facebook. Although not as polished as the official dark mode, the impact is comparable.
Initially, confirm that Chrome is up to date. If you’re unsure, click the main menu, choose “Help,” and then “About Google Chrome.” The browser will then locate and install any updates that are readily accessible to it.
Go to chrome:/flags/#enable-force-dark now and switch the first drop-down box from “Default” to “Enabled” in the window that appears. Make sure to save any work before relaunching the browser because you’ll be requested to do so.
Every website you visit, including Facebook, now gets inverted colours where appropriate when Chrome reopens. Although it isn’t yet flawless (occasionally white portions of photographs are wrongly converted to black), it functions fairly well in general.
Simply go back to chrome:/flags/#enable-force-dark and reset the setting to “Default” to go back.
Facebook for iPhone and Android in Dark Mode
The dark mode is now accessible on Facebook for iOS and Android, which was long overdue. To enable it, select “Settings and Privacy” by tapping the menu icon in the top right corner of the app (for Android) or the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner (for iPhone) (represented by a cog icon).
You can select “Dark Mode” from this menu (with a moon icon). Three options will appear when you tap this: on, off, and utilise system settings. The first two are self-explanatory, and the third will adopt the operating system’s colour scheme that you’ve selected for your phone.