Technically speaking, Facebook Messenger has had a dark mode available to users for just over a month. However, the feature was hidden behind an Easter Egg, making users send a crescent moon emoji to activate it. Facebook has been upfront about dark mode getting easier to activate, though, and that time is now.
On Monday, the Facebook product page was updated to inform users that the dark mode feature is now available in the Settings menu. That means launching dark mode, and keeping it on across conversations, is much easier than the Easter Egg previously required. Now all a user has to do is tap on their profile picture, and then toggle dark mode on. It’s a pretty easy option to find, too.
“After a month-long Easter Egg activation with countless crescent moon emojis, we are excited to announce that everyone around the world will be able to activate dark mode in Messenger with a simple toggle switch from settings. The toggle is rolling out globally today.”
Facebook says the toggle is available globally starting today, so keep an eye out for it. Whatever the reason you might prefer a dark mode (to save battery life on OLED-equipped handsets, aesthetically, reduce glare in low-light situations), it’s good that the feature is now easier to launch.
Better late than never, right?
Facebook says you can still activate dark mode by sending the crescent moon emoji, too, if you aren’t ready to give up on the Easter Egg just yet.
In related dark mode news, rumor has it that iOS 13, which Apple will unveil at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, will have a systemwide dark mode. This is certainly one of the most oft-requested features, so it will surely get plenty of applause at the conference in a couple months.
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