Facebook Messenger is going through a massive revamp in its visual design since last year and now it is expected to release the much-awaited Dark mode feature as well in the coming days. After unveiling the beta testing programme of Dark mode on WhatsApp and Instagram, Facebook was spotted testing the dark mode feature on its Facebook messenger app by a user. But this isn’t the first time Facebook was spotted testing the Dark mode feature on the messenger app – last year in September a similar case was seen.
On December 31, 2018 teardown expert Jane Manchun Wong shared a screenshot on Twitter stating that Facebook has started testing the dark mode feature within the Messenger app in select countries. The screenshot included a picture of a dialogue box saying, “While we put the finishing touches on dark mode, it won’t appear everywhere in the app.” The screenshots made it clear that the social media giant is secretly working on the dark mode feature and this year we might see the new tool rolled out for its Android and iOS users.
Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries
They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn’t everywhere yet so don’t complain when some UI burns your eyes off
— Jane “not Facebook Employee” Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 31, 2018
Once Facebook finishes the final touches, we shall see the Dark Mode feature on its messenger app. The dark mode feature will turn the background colour to black and its text to completely white. However, the icons will still remain coloured, with only the white spaces transformed into black, or as it’s called – Dark mode.
The Dark Mode functionality is similar to the upcoming WhatsApp Dark Mode – reduce eye strain and reduce battery consumption. The Dark Mode will reduce battery consumption on smartphones because there will be minimum colours used on the display. For OLED and AMOLED displays, the feature will see even greater battery usage reduction. Youtube, Twitter and Google have already rolled out the Dark Mode feature on their respective applications on Android and iOS, while Instagram and WhatsApp are still working on it and now Facebook messenger has also joined the queue.