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Hidden Dark Mode Being Tested on Facebook Messenger for iOS

Mar 5, 2019
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There is a new hidden dark mode being tested out right now in the Facebook Messenger iOS app. This new hidden dark mode comes before the release of iOS 13. We have heard many rumors that iOS 13 is going to have a system-wide dark mode added to it.

It would appear that Facebook is trying to get ahead of the new iOS 13 system-wide dark mode with the new testing. Even though this new feature is in testing right now, you actually can try it out for yourself if you enable it. We have all of the latest news about the Facebook Messenger dark mode capability on iOS, so keep reading to learn more.

Facebook Messenger iOS App Brings Dark Mode Testing Ahead of iOS 13 Release

If you are currently using Facebook Messenger on your iOS device, you might want to check out the new hidden dark mode feature. This feature is in testing right now ahead of the iOS 13 release that is rumored to bring a system-wide dark mode. We have been waiting for both the system-wide dark mode to hit iOS for some time now and have also been waiting for dark mode on Facebook Messenger to arrive. It appears that Facebook is trying to beat the new iOS 13 release with the testing of this feature, and we are super excited that it has finally arrived.

There is a way to enable the new dark mode testing within Facebook Messenger on iOS. What you will need to do is begin a chat thread and then insert the moon emoji into the conversation. You are able to send yourself the moon emoji or send it to someone else. Just click on the emoji from within the thread and this is how you will enable dark mode.

You will even get a message that shows up telling you that you have found the dark mode. Sometimes this trick does not work and you will need to force Facebook Messenger closed first. Once you force close it, you can click on the moon emoji again, and the dark mode message should appear. It really is that easy to find the hidden dark mode that is now testing within Facebook Messenger. We don’t know when this first appeared but it was only found within the last few days.

Enabling Hidden Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger iOS App is Simple

Once you have sent the moon emoji and clicked on it to get that message, you can then go into the Facebook Messenger iOS Settings. You should see a toggle now for the Dark Mode and just toggle it to enable the interface. Once you do this, you should see the new dark mode interface throughout your Facebook Messenger app.

What we love about this hidden feature is that it’s really a black interface, which makes it even darker. With some dark modes, they are more gray than they are black, so they aren’t really a true dark mode. This Facebook Messenger dark mode on iOS is actually black, and it looks really good on the newer iOS devices. The OLED display that the newest iOS devices use makes the dark mode black interface look really sharp.

Facebook Messenger Brings Dark Mode Testing to iOS as iOS 13 Soon Launching with System-Wide Dark Mode Capability

While system-wide dark mode in iOS 13 has never really been confirmed, it was touted by many different news outlets this year. Bloomberg specifically mentioned that iOS 13 will bring the system-wide dark mode. Dark mode was added to macOS Mojave last year, so there is reason to think that the feature will be coming with iOS 13.

We still have a while before iOS 13 is released publicly, as the scheduled release is not until September 2019. Hopefully, within the next few months we will hear more about the system-wide dark mode feature that will likely be coming with iOS 13. More apps should also begin testing out dark mode to get ready for the next Apple operating system release.

In the comments below, we want to hear what you think of dark mode overall. Do you think dark mode is worth all of the hype or do you think it’s really not that much different? Are you someone who enjoys reading and looking at their device later at night before bed? What else are you hoping we will see in iOS 13 when it’s released in September?