Facebook has been testing a dark mode for some time, whether on its website (PC, Mac, Linux) or iPhone and Android application. To take advantage of this, functionality normally needs to be pushed to your account – if you are part of the beta program. However, a tip in Google Chrome can force its appearance.
Dark mode orDark Modespreads everywhere: smartphone applications, operating system, websites … this mode has several advantages. First, it puts an end to the dominance of the apparent designs of black on white text, practically consubstantial of the Internet since its origin. But it's not just a style revolution: these designs seek to introduce contrasts that are softer for the eyes, while causing less emission of blue light that is bad for the sleep cycle in the evening or in the dark.
Dark mode also saves a significant amount of energy on some smartphones. This is essentially true for smartphones with an OLED screen, because on these, a dark pixel consumes much less energy than a bright pixel. Dark mode has been desired for years on Facebook, and is still considered a feature under test. It is nevertheless possible to cause its appearance force recently, thanks to Google Chrome.
How to activate Facebook's dark mode on PC and Mac
For it :
- Make sure you have the latest version of Google Chrome (79)
- Open Google Chrome
- In the address bar, type chrome: // flags
- In the search field type Dark Mode
- Activate the propertyForce Dark Mode for Web Contentsby choosingEnabled
You can return to standard mode at any time by returning to chrome: // flags and changing this property to Disabled. This dark mode is automatically generated by Chrome. So it's not perfect – expect some mistakes like negative images.
How to activate dark mode on Android and iPhone
You can still make it appear via the Google Chrome app. Alas it doesn't work directly in the official Facebook app yet:
- type chrome: // flags / # enable force-darkin the address bar
- Activate the functionality by choosing Enabled
How to activate dark mode in Facebook Messenger (Android, iOS)
Dark mode, however, is officially available in the Facebook Messenger app. To activate it:
- Open Facebook Messenger
- Touch your profile photo
- Activate it Dark Mode
Read also: Facebook on Android – dark mode is finally being deployed
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