Finally, Facebook Messenger Dark Mode has found its way to iOS; this time on a global level. What this means is that the feature is now widely available and users will no longer need to send the moon emoji to have it activated on their devices. Instead of the moon emoji, users are only required to activate the Dark Mode feature with a simple toggle switch in settings.
Facebook in a statement on its official blog on Monday said: “After a month-long Easter Egg activation with countless crescent moon emojis, we are excited to announce that everyone around the world will be able to activate dark mode in Messenger with a simple toggle switch from settings. The toggle is rolling out globally today.”
To activate Dark Mode on your iPhone, simply tap your profile photo in Facebook Messenger, which takes you to settings. Tap on the dark mode to switch the chat aesthetic from white to black.
Like other apps that have activated Dark Mode, the new Messenger Dark Mode reduces the glare from your phone when using your phone in an environment where the light is low. When the feature is turned on, you can use the app and all its features without strain on your eyes.
In other news, reports suggest that Messenger could be finding its way back to the Facebook app. The feature, according to Jane Manchun Wong, is already being tested. What this means is that you could now use a single app to access both Facebook and the Messenger app.
This update will make use of the current Messenger button in the Facebook app, but you will now be taken to a new “Chats” section rather than opening a separate Messenger app.
The Chats section according to Wong, only contains some limited Messenger features. Users who wish to make calls would still have to open the standalone messaging app to do that. They will also need the standalone app to send photos, and send reactions to messages.
Confirming the reports per The Verge, a Facebook spokesperson said “We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app,” the statement reads. “Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most. We do not have any additional details to share at this time.”
The social media behemoth is currently working to interconnect its family of apps of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The plan is to allow for cross-messaging between all three. Each service is expected to remain as a standalone app, while the underlying infrastructure will be rebuilt. The end result is so that users might use only one of Facebook’s properties to communicate with others within the same ecosystem. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption.