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How to enable the new Facebook App Dark Mode on iOS

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Call it customization or accessibility feature, the Dark Mode is something we all love to have on our phones. The bright colors and white color themes used by most software developers get boring at a point and just aren’t great to look at in dimly lit environments.

While the consumers have been asking for Dark Mode on everything for a while now, the OS developers have been hesitant on providing this feature. Dark mode, for a long time, was only available through rooting and jailbreaks.

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For iOS users, one of the main reasons to jailbreak their iPhone was to get appearance customizations. There were a lot of beautiful dark themes available to try out once you would Jailbreak. This changed, however, when Apple increased protection on their systems and jailbreak releases became slow.

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Keeping up with the trend, though, the developers eventually started to include this feature in the OS. The first one to do so was Android.  The dark mode applied a dark theme to all the system apps, and with Android 10, most of the popular user apps started supporting dark mode too.

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For iOS users, the dark mode came a bit later with the release of IOS 13. Since then, most of the user apps are including dark mode as a standard feature. Now, most popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp have a dark mode. Even Messenger now has a dark color scheme.

However, despite belonging to the same family of apps, the main Facebook app has been lagging behind the rest. The Facebook dark mode is something that has been long-anticipated. And now, the company has finally started rolling out this feature globally. Several users online have reported having the new dark mode in the app. Now there is an official confirmation from Facebook as well.

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The Dark Mode is currently accessible to selected users and will soon be available for all users of the platform. It was first reported in development for IOS back in May. Since then, the company was silent about the feature until now.

It is a step in the right direction. Besides being aesthetically pleasing dark mode also provides some other benefits. The darker colors reduce eye staring at night time, especially for extended usage. Most of the modern phones come equipped with an OLED. These Displays show black color by turning off the pixels entirely. As a result, using dark mode on modern phones also guarantees a better battery life.

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There are a few methods you can use to enable Facebook dark mode on your iPhone. The first one is to allow system-wide dark mode. When you specify a dark theme on your system settings, it forces all your applications to launch with dark mode.

The apps that support the feature automatically switch to darker colors and high contrast themes. Facebook now supports the black theme and should automatically change colors once you enable a dark theme for the system. Here is how to do that.

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Go to the settings application. Then scroll down to  “Display and Brightness.” Here at the top, you will see an option labeled Appearance. Under that, select the Dark option. That is it the applications, and the OS should now shift to dark colors. Open Facebook to check if the dark mode is enabled.

If the above method did not work, then you can manually try to enable the feature. Tap on the three bars at the bottom right of the application. Scroll down to “Settings and Privacy” option. Here you will see Dark Mode listed. Make sure that it is enabled.

Unfortunately, if the above-listed methods do not work for you, that means that the feature might not be available for you or your region. There are a few things you can still try just to make sure.

Keep your Facebook application Up to date. Most of the new features come with updates of the application. Facebook developers keep updating the app almost every week, so make sure you always have the latest version installed.

Most of the prototype feature testing is done through beta programs today. To get early access to features, you can sign up for the beta program of the Facebook application. This will make sure that whenever the Dark Mode drops for your region you will be the first one to get it.

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