Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

How to enable Facebook Messenger’s secret dark mode on iOS

How to enable Facebook Messenger’s secret dark mode on iOS

Messenger's dark mode was made available to select users in certain countries late a year ago as part of the feature's early testing phase.

Over the weekend, Reddit sleuths discovered that dark mode had been added to the Facebook Messenger app.

If you think just any old moon emoji would work, however, you'd be wrong; it's the specific, faceless crescent moon seen in the images above (I feel like the dark moon might have been more appropriate but I'll get over it). The feature is available to all Messenger users globally, on both iOS and Android.

Dark Mode essentially lets you view Messenger with a black background, which some users find easier on the eyes, especially when they're using the app at night.

Facebook just rolled out a new dark mode for Messenger - but not everyone knows how unlock it. It has to be the crescent moon emoji though, not the full moon. It's only taken forever but FB Messenger finally has Dark mode. Twitter-which has always been a pioneer of the inverted color scheme-and Reddit already have a darker display mode that users can toggle between.

Tap the crescent moon emoji a second time after you've texted it to someone.

The love of dark mode options in apps and operating systems shows no sign of waning.

I've only been playing around with it for a day, but so far I also haven't run into spots where the dark mode doesn't work. If you don't see it, try updating your app and trying again.

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