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How to Enable Dark Mode in Messenger

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"Dark Mode" is said to help extend battery life.

"Dark Mode" is said to help extend battery life.

The Dark Aesthetic

Nowadays, there is a growing interest in dark themes which is now often referred to as “dark aesthetic”. This would range from dark phone cases to dark screensavers and even dark app icons!

Aside from its aesthetic aspect, switching your phone UI to dark mode helps extend its battery life. Speaking of which, the Facebook Messenger app is known to consume a lot of battery. The good thing is you can reduce its battery consumption by switching it to dark mode.

What Is Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger?

So what exactly is this “Dark Mode” in Messenger? Yes, you might have heard about it but chances are, you still don’t know what it really is.

Just like what its name suggests, it is a feature in Messenger that lets you change your messenger appearance from the light theme to the dark theme. When in dark mode, the messaging app’s background color switches to black while the text color switches to white.

Helps Reduce Eye Strain

Switching to dark mode is also said to help reduce eye fatigue. By making the screen dark, it reduces screen glare thereby making your eyes feel less tired. This is very helpful for users who stare at their smartphone screens for a long period of time.

How to Switch to Dark Mode in Messenger

For Android Users

Before you proceed, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Facebook Messenger. If you still haven’t done so, you can update it via the Google Play Store.

Once you are all set, simply follow these steps listed below:

  1. Launch Facebook Messenger.
  2. Tap your profile icon. It is located at the top-left of the app’s home screen.
  3. If you are doing it right, you should now be seeing your Messenger profile menu where you can access your settings and preferences.
  4. From there, there should be a “Dark Mode” option which should be located right under your Messenger profile photo.
  5. To switch to dark mode, simply tap the toggle switch and the app will automatically switch from the default light mode to dark mode.
  6. In dark mode, the background color will be black. If you want to switch it back to show a white background, simply tap the dark mode switch again and it will revert back to the default theme and background color.

It’s as easy as that!

Enable dark mode in Facebook Messenger for Android.

Enable dark mode in Facebook Messenger for Android.

For iPhone (iOS) Users

  1. Open the Messenger app on iPhone.
  2. Tap your profile icon. It is located at the top-left of the app’s home screen.
  3. If you are doing it right, you should now be seeing your Messenger profile menu where you can access your settings and preferences.
  4. From there, there should be a “Dark Mode” option which should be located right under your Messenger profile photo. By default, it should be labelled as “Off”.
  5. To switch to dark mode, tap the “Dark Mode” option and select “On”. It should automatically switch the app’s UI to dark mode. Once done, you can simply go back to the main interface of your Messenger application.
  6. By now, the background color of your Messenger app should be black. If you want to switch it back to show the default white background, just turn off the dark mode option from your Messenger menu.
  7. Also, if you choose “System”, the app will automatically adjust its appearance based on your iPhone’s system settings. This means that if you’ve chosen a dark theme for your iPhone then your Messenger app will automatically switch to dark mode. No need for you to manually turn it on.
Set dark mode in Messenger for iPhone (iOS).

Set dark mode in Messenger for iPhone (iOS).

Turn dark mode "On".

Turn dark mode "On".

Final Thoughts

Dark mode for Messenger is not only aesthetically pleasing but also good for your eyes. Other than that, it helps extend the battery life of your device. You do need to keep in mind that dark mode doesn’t change how your chat appears on your Messenger contacts. So if you’ve chosen a custom theme for your chats, there’s no need to worry about it being altered just because you’ve changed your Messenger’s appearance.

Speaking of which, dark mode only applies to the app’s main user interface. It won’t change the Messenger app icon to black.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Kent Peligrino

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