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Facebook officially rolls out ‘dark mode’ for messenger app

April 16, 2019

Facebook Messenger now officially has a ‘dark mode’ which does not require users to send a crescent emoji to someone through the app.

It can now be easily switched on through a toggle switch in settings, The Verge reported.  Tap your profile photo in the Messenger app to open settings.

The purpose of the dark interface is to put focus on the chat experience and reduce distractions in the app. Facebook’s Product Manager David Breger says, “Messenger is really powerful but if you look at something like this, I don’t know if the first word you would use is ‘simple.”

According to Digital Trends, activating the dark mode would increase the battery life of an Android phone, due to the lower brightness of the screen. The black background is easier on the eyes than the all-white screen.

Users were able to access the unfinished feature earlier by sending a moon emoji to someone after which a pop-up would appear, where they could ‘turn on’ the feature.

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