Facebook Messenger 'dark mode' is now available for all Android, iOS users

The new dark mode feature on Messenger helps cut down on glare for use in low-light situations.

Facebook introduced a dark mode feature to its Messenger app back in 2018 but, at the time, it was open for testing by select users in only a handful of countries.

Back in March this year, that feature was opened up to all users, however, getting to it wasn't as simple as flicking a toggle. It had to be sneakily activated by sending a message containing a crescent moon emoji (who thought that was a good idea anyway?).

Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger is now available for everyone. Image: Facebook

Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger is now available for everyone. Image: Facebook

From today, though, you can give the poor moon a break as Facebook has announced that it is rolling the feature out to all users. If you still have a weird liking towards sending people moon emojis, Facebook says you can continue to activate 'dark mode' that way as well.

Anyone using the Facebook Messenger app will now be able to activate 'dark mode' by heading to the settings pane (which can be accessed by tapping on the profile picture on the app) where a ‘dark mode’ toggle switch is available right up top.

The dark theme is great for chatting indoors and reducing screen glare, but Google says it also helps conserve battery on Android devices, as it requires the device lesser power for the screen to display black.

If you don’t see the toggle switch right away, try updating the app or wait for a couple of days. Facebook has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to both iOS and Android devices starting today.

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