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This is Facebook's Dark Mode on iOS

Facebook's Dark Mode is more of a Dark Grey Mode. (Image via 9to5Mac)
Facebook's Dark Mode is more of a Dark Grey Mode. (Image via 9to5Mac)
Facebook's Dark Mode is just around the corner. Various online sources have been able to enable the feature, showing a questionable design choice. Instead of using blacks in the theme (like most other dark modes), Facebook's Dark Mode utilizes various shades of dark grey.

A feature for which Facebook users have long been waiting is just around the corner (at least for iOS), but some have already been able to enable it. 

The website WABetaInfo was able to enable Dark Mode in the iOS version of the official Facebook app, a feature that has yet to be released. 9To5Mac was also able to get the feature on a test device. Facebook’s Dark Mode isn’t like other dark modes, though, as it seems to be composed of dark greys rather than true blacks. 

This is an interesting design choice; the recent trend for Dark Mode settings in mobile apps has mainly grown due to the rise in popularity of OLED displays. OLED-based phones display blacks by turning individual pixels off. This means that not only do Dark Modes offer improved contrast, but they can also save battery life by turning off pixels across the screen.

Of course, Facebook’s Dark Mode is still in development, so the company may tweak the feature to use true blacks. Currently, Dark Mode can either be enabled manually through the app’s settings or can automatically shift based on the phone’s Dark Mode preferences. 

What are your thoughts on Facebook’s upcoming Dark Mode? If this is what the final product looks like, will you enable it? Let us know in the comments. 


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Sam Medley, 2020-04-22 (Update: 2020-04-22)