Facebook is rolling out a new Dark Mode for Messenger. Facebook Messenger’s Dark Mode is designed to make it easier to use the app at night or in low light conditions. And if you know how, you can enable Messenger’s Dark Mode early by sending an emoji.
How to Enable Messenger’s Dark Mode
At the time of writing, Facebook is slowly rolling Messenger’s new Dark Mode out to Messenger on Android and on iOS. Over the coming weeks, the option to enable Dark Mode will appear in the settings, at which point you’ll be able to flick between the two.
However, if you want to start using Messenger’s Dark Mode right away, you can. All you need to do is send a crescent moon emoji to someone in any Messenger chat. This will unlock the new setting, and enable you to turn on Messenger’s new Dark Mode early.
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) March 4, 2019
Whether you enable it by using that emoji or wait until it’s available in settings, you’ll be able to switch between light and dark modes. According to Facebook, Messenger’s Dark Mode “provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy”.
The crescent moon Easter egg is available to everyone running the latest version of Facebook Messenger on Android and on iOS. It’s just that Dark Mode is hidden from view unless and until you send the crescent moon emoji to reveal the feature.
Dark Backgrounds Make Sense at Bedtime
I once argued that websites with dark backgrounds suck. And I stand by that opinion. However, giving people the option to switch from a light background to a dark background makes absolute sense. Especially for people who like using their phone in bed.
This is why many of the big apps, as well as some operating systems and online services, now offer a dark mode or night mode. With that in mind, here’s how to enable dark mode in Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Edge, so you’re sorted whatever web browser you use.