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Over the weekend we noted that Facebook had added a "hidden" setting in Facebook Messenger that allows you to turn on a long-awaited Dark mode. The new mode was found by several sites and users and remains hidden for now.

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How to Turn on Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger
  1. Send just the 🌙 emoji to anyone (or even yourself).
  2. Tap on the moon emoji in the chat after you send it.
  3. A pop up should appear saying you found dark mode.
  4. Go to settings and you should see it here.
  5. You may have to force quit the Facebook Messenger app and relaunch it before tapping on the Moon emoji will work.
Facebook acknowledged the Dark mode setting in a blog post.
As many may have discovered, dark mode can be accessed through a hidden, limited-time only experience. Simply send a crescent moon emoji - 🌙 - in any Messenger chat to unlock the setting and prompt to turn on dark mode.
Facebook promises that the feature will be deployed our to everyone in a matter of weeks. The secret method to enable dark mode works in both Android and iOS.

The new mode works particularly well with Facebook's color/gradient option. If you tap on the name of the person you are chatting with, you can choose a custom color for that chat. The gradients work well against the new dark background.

Apple is widely rumored to be adding a dark mode in iOS 13 which is expected to be debuted at WWDC 2019.

(Thanks, Nathan!)

Article Link: Facebook Messenger 'Dark Mode' How to and Tips
 

macmanjim

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As noted in a Reddit thread, FaceBook has added a "hidden" setting in FaceBook Messenger that allows you to toggle Dark Mode on and off.

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How to Turn on Dark Mode in FaceBook Messenger
  1. Send just the 🌙 emoji to anyone (or even yourself).
  2. Tap on the moon emoji in the chat after you send it.
  3. A pop up should appear saying you found dark mode.
  4. Go to settings and you should see it here.
Per the thread instructions, you may have to force quit the FaceBook Messenger app and relaunch it before tapping on the Moon emoji will work.

It appears that FaceBook is testing dark mode on a more limited basis with some users having reported to have seen this mode before. The secret method to enable dark mode works in both Android and iOS. Apple is widely rumored to be adding a dark mode in iOS 13 which is expected to be debuted at WWDC 2019.

Thanks Nathan!

Article Link: Facebook Messenger Adds Hidden 'Dark Mode' Ahead of iOS 13


Didn't work for me
 

Chytin

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Why would any app wait until iOS 13? That would be a system wide Dark Mode, but third party apps can already have their Dark Mode right? Youtube app already has it, although it looks more like a grey mode. FB messenger looks really nice but it's an app I hardly use.
 

Binarymix

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My buddy said cool can I do that? I chuckled and said no you have an Android. It worked.

So this also applies to Facebook messenger for android also.
 

ipedro

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Doesn’t work. Force quit didn’t help.

EDIT: I deleted the app and reinstalled. It worked after that.

I like the simplified Messenger interface. I prefer it to Whatsapp and virtually everyone I know is on FB so odds are I can contact them there. The dark mode makes it even more minimalist.
 
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