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Screenshots Reveal Facebook iOS App Has Hidden Dark Mode


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Apr 12, 2001

Facebook appears to be working on a dark mode for its flagship iOS app. WABetaInfo managed to enable the hidden setting, which is still under development and not yet available to public or beta users.

9to5Mac followed suit, and their screenshots suggest Facebook is aiming for a theme that's closer to greyscale than the true blacks used in Apple's dark mode for iOS 13. Facebook offers a similar theme in its Android app.

It's unclear why Facebook is preferring a greyscale theme, as this negates the potential energy-saving benefits of its dark mode for OLED iPhones (pixels on an OLED panel are individually powered and true black pixels remain inactive).

Still, the alternative new look should be easier on the eyes when viewed in dark environments. WABetaInfo says the feature can be turned on and off manually or set to adjust based on the device's system settings.

Some UI elements still need working on to make the interface look consistent in dark mode, and there's no word on when Facebook intends to launch the feature, which could change in the interim. Facebook Messenger got its own dark mode in April 2019. Last month, Facebook started rolling out an optional dark mode for users accessing the social network from a web browser.

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macrumors 65816
Nov 19, 2012
One of the richest tech companies in the world but they cant change white to black for 7 months plus.

They have roughly 45,000 staff members. Apart from infrastructure, it’s hard to understand what any of them do.

Probably sit around giving each other high-fives whilst working out new ways of selling on people’s personal data.

Invisible Elf

macrumors member
Jan 16, 2011
Instead, keep Facebook in the dark by deleting it from your devices and signing out of accounts. It's honestly liberating being away from that rancid platform.
Thank you so much for your suggestion. We will note it down and get back to you when we have decided whether we too shall sign out and delete our Facebook application from our mobile devices. Once again, thank you for your useful and insightful contribution. Have a great day.
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macrumors 68030
Oct 20, 2007
Lack of Gmail dark mode takes the cake.

Yeah yeah yeah, some people have it and have had it for ages, but lots us haven’t.

Quit Facebook in 2009, 3 months after joining. I’ve never even registered with Twitter & Instagram 😅
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macrumors 604
May 30, 2002
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Yey! Amazing news!
Actually I don’t care for FB’s cheap designed apps.

FB and Google make the ugliest, featureless and tasteless apps I have ever seen.
It’s like they hired Commodore 64 inspired designers.

Of course, it’s a matter of taste, I am sure many others disagree with me on this.

hey man, what did Commodore ever do to you? Don’t drag their name in this filthy mud, design wasn’t their fault it was the 80’s man. Lol



macrumors 65816
Jun 10, 2008
It needs to be black! Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch.

This rule applies to every app.


macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
I'm a rolling stone.
Big company, should have had dark mode right from the beginning, they have the money and manpower, what takes them so long.
As for (facebook), signed up in the beginning after being asked for, deleted it not long afterwards.
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