Facebook Messenger rolling out dark mode in selected regions
Facebook is reportedly ready to introduce a dark mode to its Messenger app, Twitter and Reddit have this among their released features last year.The world first found out about Facebook’s secret dark mode testing in October last year when tipster Jane Manchun Wong posted multiple Facebook Messenger screenshots showing the app with a black background and chat thread menu. Facebook didn’t respond to any immediate queries regarding the update back then.
However, as CNet.com shares, last week Facebook finally acknowledged testing the dark mode feature in “a handful of markets” but the tech giant would not elaborate further about the makeover.
Even Microsoft, Google Chrome and WhatsApp are looking to introduce dark colour scheme options this year, as the mode has become increasingly popular among users.
According to TechRepublic, dark mode changes the standard background of many apps and services to a darker colour like grey or black, thus reducing effects such as eye strain that is associated with white backgrounds. In some cases, it also improves battery life.
So far, it is not clear when Facebook will officially announce the dark mode feature in Messenger, although Wong states that one could check to see if they’ve received the update in the “Me” section of the app.