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What is Facebook Dark Mode, and How Do You Turn It On?


For years, Facebook users have reported that the Facebook Dark mode option was unavailable on the social network's mobile app, but the problem was fixed later. The Facebook Dark Mode option replaces the bright, white interface on the website and mobile app with a black background.

This option helps some people find it easy to read their screen and relieve the eyes from excessive strain due to the bright white light. Moreover, Facebook offers its dark mode option for most devices, including Android, iOS, and the web, by replacing the bright background light with a dark test on a dark background.

Another reason why people prefer using dark mode on their devices is because it consumes less battery power. Here, we will discuss more about the Facebook Dark Mode and how you turn it on.

What is Facebook Dark Mode?

According to BusinessInsider, most apps and websites did not come with the dark mode option, and thus, most of them displayed texts on a bright white background. Fortunately, with the advancement in the technological world, all major apps, including; Google Maps, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, and many others, now come with a dark mode option.

The Facebook dark mode option is most preferred to be used during the nighttime, and it makes reading much easier by relieving the eyes from excessive strain. The Facebook Dark mode can help significantly reduce your laptop and smartphone background battery consumption.

Facebook also offers a dark mode option for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows Browsers. Despite its unique advantages, there are some people who find it challenging to locate the Facebook dark mode option and how to use it effectively. Fortunately, we will look at some quick, straightforward ways on how you can access the Facebook dark mode option and turn it on.

How to activate Dark Mode for Facebook and Facebook Messenger Lite

As of January 2022, the dark mode was available on most Facebook platforms, including Facebook Lite. However, if you are a Facebook Messenger Lite user, you should understand that the app does not include its dark mode setting.

That said, you will have to enable the Dark Mode option on the Facebook Lite app, and the Messenger Lite app will switch the bright, white background setting to a darker setting. The following are some simple steps on how to enable the Facebook dark mode on the Lite Version of Messenger and Facebook on Android devices:

Step 1:

Press the Facebook icon to log into the app.

Step 2:

Tap on the three horizontal line menu/" hamburger" icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

Step 3:

Now scroll down and tap on the Setting & Privacy option.

Step 4:

Tap on the dark mode.

Step 5:

Finally, press the button that reads "On," and the dark mode will be enabled.

For the already updated Android devices, you can simply access the dark mode option by tapping the device settings and selecting "System" to turn on the dark mode option. Choosing these settings means that your Facebook app will automatically turn to the dark mode or light mode, depending on your current Android background settings.

How to Enable Facebook Dark Mode on Mac and Windows Browsers.

One important thing you should know about enabling the Facebook dark mode on Mac and Windows browsers is that the background settings will apply across the entire board. For instance, every page, including Facebook Messenger, will automatically switch to a dark UI. Facebook is mainly a web app, meaning that the web-based version of Facebook will incorporate new features and upgrades ahead of the Windows or Mac app versions. Moreover, enabling the Facebook dark mode option on MacOs and PCs works the same. All you need to do is follow these simple, quick steps:

Step 1:

Click on the downward-facing arrow in the upper-right-hand section of Facebook.

Step 2:

Click on the "Display & Accessibility" option.

Step 3:

Search for "Dark Mode" under the settings, then move the slider to the right to access the option.

Step 4:

Facebook pages will appear with a dark background instead of the standard bright, white background.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although it is an amazing feature, the Facebook Dark Mode option is relatively new to Facebook users, and very few people know how it works. Below are some answers to the frequently asked questions about the Facebook dark mode:

Is Dark Mode a better background?

Most people often prefer the dark mode background option because it is more visually appealing and cuts down on your device's battery consumption. According to Pinkvilla, the dark mode option relieves the reader's eyes from excessive strain due to the bright, white background light.

Moreover, the Facebook dark mode does not affect your body's melatonin levels, meaning you are less likely to fall asleep after spending hours on your phone before nighttime. Some people, however, prefer the standard light mode option to the dark mode, which is why most devices come with the option of light mode and dark mode for the user to choose from.

Why can't I see the option for Facebook Dark Mode?

At one time, Facebook gradually provided the dark mode option to selected Facebook users and on a few selected devices. However, today it is freely available to all Facebook users and all devices.

If you are using the Facebook app for Android or iOS, you will need first to verify that you are operating on the latest Facebook app version. This is really important because it is only the new and updated Facebook version that features the dark mode option.

If you are using the Facebook application for web and MacOs browsers, select the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of Facebook and search for the menu option to switch to the New Facebook, which offers the dark mode background. Generally, if you are using an older Facebook version, you will be required to update to a newer version to access the Facebook dark mode feature.

Bottom Line

If you plan to enjoy the Facebook application while ensuring it consumes less of your battery charge, you should switch to the dark mode option. According to Screenrant, the dark more option is currently a popular choice for most apps as it is more visually appealing.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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