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How to Activate the Hidden Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

How to Activate the Hidden Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

Facebook has been working on a dark mode for Messenger, and it’s a true OLED black theme. It’s still hidden away right now, but ready to activate at any time using a peculiar trick. There are two methods to activate this feature — one is easy and supported by Facebook, while the other is hard but should have a 100% success rate.

The first method is a little weird, but it will work on both Android and iPhone as long as Facebook has activated the feature for your account, though it may take a few tries.

The first method works for both Android and iOS, but it’s very finicky. Most users are able to trigger it if they keep trying, but it’s possible Facebook hasn’t turned the feature on for your account. So it’ll probably work, but if it doesn’t, you can wait a little bit longer. Messenger will be rolling the Dark Mode out to everyone in the settings by the end of March 2019 — without having to perform any tricks. If you still can’t wait, rooted Android users can try Method 2 below.

Step 1

Send a Moon Emoji

This is so simple it’s silly: to enable dark mode, send someone a moon emoji. The regular, left-facing crescent moon icon as seen below, not any of the moon emojis with smiley faces.


If you’re lucky, moon emojis will rain down in the message thread, then a popup will appear at the top of the screen stating “You Found Dark Mode!” Tap this popup to turn the feature on. If it didn’t work, move on to Step 2.


Step 2

Force-Close Messenger & Tap the Moon Icon

If you didn’t get the Moonshower the first time you sent the moon emoji, you’re not completely out of luck yet. Start by closing the Facebook Messenger app by entering your phone’s multitasking UI, then swiping it away.

Now, open the app again, head to the conversation where you sent the moon emoji, then tap on the moon emoji. Some users have reported that double-tapping helps, so try both ways. Hopefully, moon emojis will start raining down when you do, at which point you’ll be able to tap “Turn On” when that “You Found Dark Mode” message pops up at the top of the thread.

If none of the fanfare happens, you still might have a chance. Fully close the app again, reopen it, tap and double tap the moon emoji you sent, then head back out to the main menu. From there, tap your profile icon (or silhouette) in the top-left corner, then scroll down and look for “Dark Mode.” It should be at the very top for most users but may be down in the Preferences section. Turn it on, then get ready to try out Dark Mode!

If Step 2 didn’t do it for you, there’s a good chance Facebook simply didn’t roll the feature out to your account yet. Nonetheless, there’s no harm in trying, so periodically repeat Step 2 and it should eventually kick in within the next few days.

Step 3

Enjoy Dark Mode

Once enabled, it’s a true black dark mode, so you’ll save battery life on phones with OLED screens like the iPhone XR or Galaxy S10. The theme is still being worked on, however, so you may notice a few menus here and there where the black text is overlaid on the black background. Still, it’s already very usable.



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