How to Enable Dark Mode on Facebook
Article updated November 27, 2020, to reflect current dark mode functionality and compatibility for Facebook and newer versions of operating systems.
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.
Many users are switching to “the dark side of the phone’s” graphical user interface (GUI) in general. In a few years, this is going to become a regular thing, but “the dark side” on this one is not a bad thing at all.
In 2019, Apple introduced a global dark mode option on iOS 13. As of current, Android 10 and above support a global dark mode setting. However, Facebook does not support the global dark mode setting, at least not yet. Instead, Facebook is 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 option in the system.
Facebook’s Dark Mode setting is alive and kicking, but only on devices through various sources like the Windows and iOS Facebook and Messenger apps, iOS Messenger, and Android Messenger.
Did you notice that the Facebook app was not mentioned for iOS or Android? It’s because the app does not offer the new option yet unless you were part of the small group that could run Facebook Beta in early 2020 or you are one of many users lucky enough to get the November test rollout on iOS. Anyways, there are also browsers to consider, which have their own setting to cache for dark mode.
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 just has to wait until the official release of the Dark Mode option, and if you were thinking about the global dark mode setting in your Android 10 or above (or iOS 13 and above) device, it doesn’t appear to change Facebook at all, at least for now.
Enable Facebook Dark Mode in the Android App
Facebook is testing the dark mode feature in Android, but only beta testers can try it out. In case you wonder, the dark black and gray designs still include some kinks, forcing testers to switch from light to dark at various times. Aside from the main app, Messenger in Android does feature a dark mode setting, and it has for quite some time.
To check for and turn on dark mode in the Android Facebook app, follow these simple steps:
- On Facebook Home, tap the “hamburger” menu icon with 3 horizontal lines.
- Click on “Settings & Privacy” in the main menu.
- Tap “Settings” in the submenu.
- If Dark Mode is available, you’ll see the option listed in the submenu. Click on “Dark Mode” to open the options.
- Select “On” to activate Dark mode.
Facebook Messenger Dark Mode in iOS
Click on your profile pic in the top-left corner and then move the slider to the right to enable Dark Mode. That’s all there is to it!
Enable Facebook Dark Mode in iOS
The rollout of Facebook Dark Mode on iOS is underway and rapidly becoming available to more people. Android is gradually gaining momentum with the feature, but it is far behind iOS and still limited to Beta users. You’ll need to follow the steps below to see if the option is there yet for your iOS Facebook app.
- 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 the limitations of Facebook Dark Mode, 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 is going to have to be Messenger for now unless you have the Lite version or the Beta version, but that is better than nothing.