Facebook has experimented with (and then back) changes to the Messenger user interface in recent months. Everything during this test was the most vocal demand we have seen from our own readers, a dark mode to better complement the dazzling white design. Now, according to the famed social app teardown expert Jane Manchun Wong Facebook Messenger finally begins to test a dark mode ̵
Facebook Messenger, apparently due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in some countries
They have set a good warning that Dark Mode is not everywhere, but then do not complain when any user interface burns your eyes
formerly: https://t.co/9fCvbYXS5Z pic.twitter.com/wF3w5hsHfh
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) December 31, 2018
We know not the list of supported countries, so YMMV. As far as we can tell in our own testing, the US is not included. Therefore, we are not quite sure what it looks like.
If you are in a supported country, based on the Wong screen, a new "Dark Mode" setting should appear in the "Me" section of the app. A warning indicating that the new dark mode is still a work in progress is also displayed – but it is not immediately clear whether this message is displayed when you change the setting or when you load the part containing it.
If you are in one of the supported countries and you decide to turn the switch, be careful at night as the incomplete dark mode implementation may unexpectedly blind you.
See what it looks like
Although our own tests to try to trigger the new dark mode have failed, Jane Manchun pointed Wong to us who could successfully activate it and chatter a handful of screenshots late in last year (which already feels strange to say in 2018).
Facebook Messenger tests Dark Mode in the new user interface
earlier: https://t.co/vT6WoKikPm pic.twitter.com/A6ETE45BPN
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) Oc tober 5, 2018
The new mode looks like you suppose you expect to replace all the strong and bright white backgrounds with black and invert black and white text to match. The column bar and some other rounded UI elements remain gray but darker. Based on the screens shown, in some points some parts of the interface remain white.
Collapse the new dark mode from different locations in the app on @wongmjane .
Although the new dark mode may still be in testing, it seems that Facebook is quite far along with it. Hopefully it will come down to everyone else soon.