How to Enable Hidden Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

A comparison of the default Messenger vs. in 'Dark Mode'

A comparison of the default Messenger vs. in 'Dark Mode'. Image via SAYS

Facebook has been quietly rolling out a feature that will let users of its Messenger app communicate in "Dark Mode", a setting that switches the current white-screened interface to a night-friendly black theme. Newsweek confirmed the addition of "dark mode" to Messenger on several devices.

Now if you head to Settings, you'll find a new Dark mode option which you enable.

Without making any grand announcement, Facebook Messenger has activated the dark mode on the texting app in the form an easter egg.

All you need to do is open up the app (obviously) and send a moon emoji on a chat. If you want to go back to the standard light mode, you can go back into Facebook Messenger's settings and turn it on. You may see a popup that confirms this, but for some reason not every user does, even if the feature unlocked successfully.

Image from Emojipedia
Image via Emojipedia

They have a very interesting way of activating the feature: Sending a moon emoji to a person in your contact list. This will prompt a shower of moons to fall across the screen followed by a pop-up saying the feature can now be enabled.

To do this, tap on the message you'd like to retract and and select 'Remove for Everyone'. Facebook has been consistently working on improving user experience and battery life consumption of the Facebook Messenger App.

Messenger's dark mode provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. If you don't see it, try updating your app and trying again.

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