There are always two camps of people in the world: iPhone vs Samsung, pineapples on pizza (ew) vs no pineapples, and then there's light mode vs dark mode. For those in the latter camp, it has been a long wait for many apps and software to include the function. That said, we can finally welcome Facebook into the camp!
Although not extensively proven, dark mode is said to have multiple benefits. Some say it cuts down blue light which is supposedly better for sleep, some say it improves battery life, especially in OLED screens where black pixels are completely turned off. Even without the benefits, some just prefer a darker, cooler, and fresher interface.
It is worth noting that dark mode on desktop and mobile might not be available for everyone. With that in mind, let's look at how to activate Facebook dark mode if you're one of the lucky ones!
Facebook Dark Mode for Desktop
Earlier this year, Facebook refreshed its interface to provide a sleeker design for icons and most pages. Together with it, they provided an optional toggle for dark mode. If for some reason you haven't been switch yet, do switch to the new interface first by click the menu button (down arrow icon at the top right), and select "Switch to New Facebook". Once done, in the same menu, select display preferences and you should see the option to turn dark mode on or off.
Facebook Dark Mode for iPhone
In the Facebook app, the menu button is a hamburger icon on the bottom right corner. Tap on that, scroll down to "Settings and Privacy" and you should see "Dark Mode" within the settings. Toggle it on, and you're done!
Facebook Dark Mode for Android
For Androids, the steps should be similar, but you would find your hamburger icon on the top right corner instead. Scroll down to "Settings and Privacy" from the hamburger menu, select "Dark Mode" and toggle it on.
There you have it! Now you can have a complete collection of dark mode apps (including Instagram and WhatsApp)! If you don't have the option to turn "Dark Mode" on yet, don't be discouraged as it'll eventually roll out to all users just like the new interface!