Facebook Messenger Testing “Dark Mode” in Some Countries

Come to the dark side – we’ve got cookies! Who doesn’t love an app that comes in a dark mode so that it doesn’t attack your eyesight at night or in the morning when you are checking your messages on the phone? If your smartphone has a very bright screen, it is painful!

And to think that you can easily end this problem by activating the dark mode! The great news comes with the app-teardown expert Jane Manchun Wong who posted on Twitter recently about Facebook’s messaging app that is testing the incoming ‘dark mode’ on Android phones.

Wong wrote on her Twitter the following message:

Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries

They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn’t everywhere yet so don’t complain when some UI burns your eyes off

But here’s the catch – the ‘dark mode’ is only tested in a few countries, and according to the tests on TechRadar, the dark mode did not include US or Australia as they wrote the report.

Wong showed users that they can toggle on or off the new dark mode from the section “Me” inside the app.

Because the mode is in testing mode, the app will show you a message from Facebook saying “work in progress,” stating that “While we put the finishing touches on dark mode, it won’t appear everywhere in Messenger.”

The new mode looks as expected – with all the bright background being replaced with black and the test inverted to white. The initial gray in the search bar and other UI elements are now a little darker, as you can see in the screenshots below.

We hope that Facebook releases the dark mode soon, even though it is in testing mode. Will it roll out to more countries during testing? We will keep you updated as soon as we find out!

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