Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

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After launching a darkish mode for its desktop interface, Facebook confirms it’s testing a darkish mode for its cell apps as properly. As first famous by SocialMedia Today, Facebook has made the darkish mode accessible to a really small share of individuals globally, a spokesperson advised The Verge in an electronic mail Sunday. The cell model of the darkish mode Facebook launched final month for desktop is “meant to cut down on glare,” significantly in low-light environments, the spokesperson stated. There’s no timeline but for when the darkish mode will probably be accessible to all cell customers, nonetheless.

Users who have already got the brand new darkish mode on cell tweeted screenshots of what it seems like:

It’s a bit shocking it’s taken this lengthy for Facebook to roll out a cell darkish mode; its Instagram, and WhatsApp apps have darkish mode already, as does Facebook Messenger. Twitter has had a model of evening mode for its Android and iOS apps for a while, and even Google rolled out a darkish mode for its app earlier this yr.

Low-light and darkish mode varieties — which permit customers to alter the background shade of an app window to black— are fashionable not solely as a result of they make apps simpler to view for some customers and are a bit extra aesthetically pleasing, however as a result of most darkish mode variations may help protect a tool’s battery life as properly.

UPDATE June 28th 2:24PM ET: Added affirmation from Facebook spokesperson