How to activate dark mode on Facebook

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Facebook's latest user interface (UI) is a welcome change and an easy transition from older versions. Since the dark mode option is a popular choice for apps, it makes sense that Facebook would step in on the feature.

Regardless of compatibility, each app or device has a different process for setting up dark mode on Facebook, as well as Messenger. This article walks you through the different methods based on the app used and operating system, such as Windows 10, macOS Catalina, Android 10+, and iOS 13+.



Enable Facebook Dark Mode on Mac and Windows Browsers

To enable dark mode for Facebook in a Windows or macOS browser, follow these steps:

  1. Click the down arrow in the top right section of Facebook.

  2. Find dark mode in settings, then move the slider to the right to enable the option. Your Facebook pages will appear with a black background instead of white.

Notes: When switching from light mode to dark mode on Facebook (in a browser), the setting changes in all areas. Every page, including Messenger, will automatically feature the Dark UI.

Enable Facebook Dark Mode on Android and iOS

As previously mentioned, Messenger apps in iOS and Android include the Dark Mode feature, and they've been around for quite some time. Facebook has now released the Dark Mode setting on iOS and Android devices. As mentioned earlier, the global dark mode setting it to Android 10 or higher (or iOS 13 and higher) doesn't change Facebook at all, at least not yet.



Enable Facebook Dark Mode in Android App

To enable dark mode in the Facebook app for Android, follow these simple steps:

  1. On Facebook Home, tap the " Hamburger " menu icon with three horizontal lines.

  2. Click on "Settings and privacy" in the main menu.

  3. Tap " Settings " in the submenu.

  4. Select "Dark Mode" to open custom options.

  5. Select " At " to activate dark mode.

Enable Facebook Dark Mode in iOS

The rollout of Facebook's dark mode on iOS is now available. Follow the steps below.

  1. On Facebook Home, tap the " Hamburger " menu icon found in bottom right section.|

  2. Select "Settings and privacy" from the main menu, then choose "Dark Mode" from the extended menu.

Facebook Messenger Dark Mode in iOS

To enable the Dark Mode setting on the Facebook Messenger iOS app, follow these steps.

  1. Select your profile picture, located in the upper left corner.

  2. Choose the "Dark Mode" option.

Facebook Messenger Dark Mode in Android

If you are using Facebook Messenger on an Android device, just follow these steps:


  1. Open Facebook Messenger and tap your profile icon in the top right corner.
  2. Press Dark mode.
  3. Tap the bubble next to Au.

Dark Mode for Facebook and Facebook Messenger Lite

As of October 2022, dark mode is available on most Facebook platforms; this includes Facebook Lite. If you are a Facebook Lite or Messenger Lite user, it is important to understand that Facebook Messenger Lite does not have its own dark mode setting. This means that you will need to enable dark mode on Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite will also switch to the darkest setting.


Here's how to enable dark mode on the Lite version of Facebook and Messenger:


  1. Tap the menu with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  2. Press Dark mode.
  3. Tap the toggle switch to enable dark mode.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dark Mode is still relatively new to Facebook fans. Although this is a fantastic feature, you may have other questions. Keep reading for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

I don't see the option for dark mode. What is happening?

This was, at one point, the most popular question we received. Facebook slowly rolled out dark mode to select users and only on certain devices. Today, it should be available to everyone with the aforementioned devices. But, if you don't see the Dark Mode option, we need to dig a little deeper.

First, if you're using the Facebook app for iOS or Android, make sure you're using the latest version. This is important because it was a new update that introduced Dark Mode to us. If it's not up to date, go ahead and update your app.

Then, if you are using a web browser, you may be using an outdated version. When Dark Mode was first released, it was only available on the new Facebook. Tap the arrow icon in the upper right corner of Facebook and look for an option to switch to New Facebook. This option shouldn't appear at all in 2022, but as we said, if you're somehow using an older version, you'll need to upgrade to New Facebook before the option appears.


Is dark mode better?

Most users prefer dark mode because it looks better. But, it's also been said that dark mode puts less strain on the eyes and 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, so you can always go back if you want.

My Facebook was in dark mode, and now it's not. What happened?

In May 2022, users encountered an issue that caused the iOS and Android versions of Facebook to revert to its classic interface. Luckily, this was a simple glitch that Facebook developers quickly fixed. The solution was simple for users who encountered the problem: close or force close the Facebook application and reopen it.

If for some reason your Facebook reverts to the classic white background, close the app and open it. Of course, you may also need to update the app in the App Store or Google Play Store if the problem persists.

Do you take advantage of dark mode on Facebook and Facebook Messenger? Was our tutorial helpful to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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