Facebook Messenger for Android has received an experimental dark mode feature after it was first hinted at last May (via Android Police). The feature arrives following several other recent dark mode app developments as Google prepares for native dark mode support in Android Q.
Though the functionality is said to be available to all users, it’s a work-in-progress and comes with a somewhat unconventional activation method.
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To enable Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger on Android, users must send the yellow crescent moon emoji to somebody (seriously). This will prompt a shower of moons to fall across the screen followed by a pop-up saying the feature can now be enabled. The option to toggle dark mode will appear in the app’s settings from then on.
If you think just any old moon emoji would work, however, you’d be wrong; it’s the specific, faceless crescent moon seen in the images above (I feel like the dark moon might have been more appropriate but I’ll get over it).
The dark mode is present in most menus, making them a little easier on your eyes if you’re viewing at night. The functionality doesn’t appear to be available in Facebook Lite yet, but we’ll let you know when we spot it there too.
Give it a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments!
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