The latest Facebook user interface (UI) is a welcomed change and an easy transition from old versions. Since the dark mode option is a popular choice for apps, it makes sense that Facebook would chime in on the feature.
In 2019, Apple introduced a global dark mode option on iOS 13. Android 10 and above also support a global dark mode setting, but operating systems don’t work well with Facebook. However, Facebook has been working on a Dark Mode option independent of any operating system, just as other app developers had to do for years before iOS and Android had the choice in the system.
Regardless of compatibility, each application or device has a different process of setting dark mode on Facebook, as well as Messenger. This article walks you through the various methods based on the app used and the operating system, such as Windows 10, macOS Catalina, Android 10+, and iOS 13+.
Enable Facebook Dark Mode on Mac and Windows Browsers
To turn on Dark Mode for Facebook in a Windows or macOS browser, do the following:
- Click on the downward-facing arrow in the upper-right section of Facebook.
- Find Dark Mode under the settings, then move the slider to the right to activate the option. Your Facebook pages will appear with a black background instead of white.
Note: When switching from light mode to dark mode on Facebook (while in a browser), the setting changes across the board. Every page, including Messenger, will feature the dark UI automatically.
Enable Facebook Dark Mode on Android and iOS
As previously mentioned, Messenger apps in iOS and Android include the Dark Mode feature, and they have been present for quite a while. Facebook now released the Dark Mode setting to iOS and Android devices. As previously mentioned, the global dark mode setting on Android 10 or above (or iOS 13 and above) doesn’t change Facebook at all, at least not right now.
Enable Facebook Dark Mode in the Android App
To turn on dark mode in the Android Facebook app, follow these simple steps:
- On Facebook Home, tap the “hamburger” menu icon with three horizontal lines.
- Click on “Settings & Privacy” in the main menu.
- Tap “Settings” in the sub-menu.
- Select “Dark Mode” to open the custom options.
- Select “On” to activate Dark mode.
Enable Facebook Dark Mode in iOS
The rollout of Facebook Dark Mode on iOS is now available. Follow the steps below.
- On Facebook Home, tap the “hamburger” menu icon found on the bottom-right section.|
- Select “Settings & Privacy” in the main menu, then choose “Dark Mode” from the expanded menu.
Facebook Messenger Dark Mode in iOS
To enable the Dark Mode setting on the iOS Facebook Messenger app, use the following steps.
- Select your profile picture, located in the upper-left corner.
- Choose the “Dark Mode” option.
If you are a Facebook Lite user or want to adjust it to enjoy the Dark Mode until it arrives on the main Android Facebook app, do not get your hopes up just yet. The Dark Mode is not available in every country for the Facebook Lite app. In any case, to turn this feature on, follow the instructions for the regular Android Facebook Dark Mode setting.
Aside from Facebook Dark Mode’s limitations, you can try your phone’s light and dark mode settings. Android and iOS offer the feature that converts colors to create a darker background for improved visibility, day or night. The iOS option has a better chance of working with Facebook right now, but there are no guarantees. The global Dark Mode setting applies the dark background to any apps that support it.
Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to enjoy the Dark Mode in the main Facebook app on iOS mobile unless you are lucky enough to get the current rollout. For Android, Dark Mode will have to be Messenger for now unless you have the Lite version or the Beta version, but that is better than nothing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dark Mode is still relatively new to Facebook fans. Although it is a fantastic feature, you may have more questions. Keep reading for the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
I don’t see the option for Dark Mode. What’s happening?
This was, at one time, the most popular question we received. Facebook slowly rolled out Dark Mode to select users and only on select devices. Today, it should be available to everyone with the a fore mentioned devices. But, if you do not see the Dark Mode option, we need to dig a little deeper.
First, if you’re using the Facebook application for iOS or Android, verify that you’re running the latest version. This is important because it was a new update that presented Dark Mode to us. If it isn’t up-to-date, go ahead and update your app.
Next, if you’re using a web browser, you may be running an out-of-date version. When Dark Mode was first released, it was only available on the New Facebook. Tap on the arrow icon in the upper right-hand corner of Facebook and look for an option to switch to New Facebook. This option should not appear at all in 2021, but as we’ve said, if you’re somehow running an older version you’ll need to switch to New Facebook before the option will appear.
Is Dark Mode better?
Most users prefer Dark Mode because it looks better. But, it has also been said that Dark Mode puts less strain on the eyes and it doesn’t affect melatonin levels (meaning you can’t fall asleep after playing on your phone before bed.)
Dark Mode also uses less battery life than the brighter alternative. Overall, Dark Mode is a popular feature for good reason. However, some people prefer the standard interface which is why you can always switch back if you’d like.