Facebook is now allowing all iOS and Android users to activate a ‘dark mode’ feature on its Messenger app, days after it was leaked on Reddit.
However, instead of simply adding a button, users will have to send a crescent moon emoji on a chat in order for their app to invert in colours.
Messenger is the first of several apps by Facebook to receive the dark theme, with observers anticipating the same move to happen for the main Facebook app and perhaps on other subsidiaries like Instagram and WhatsApp – a feature that has already been implemented on WhatsApp’s competitor Telegram.
Once you send the crescent moon emoji to a chat, the app will notify you that “You’ve found dark mode!” and will direct you to the settings page to turn it on.
In a blogpost, Facebook wrote: “Messenger’s dark mode provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. Dark mode cuts down the glare from your phone for use in low light situations, so you can use the Messenger features you love no matter when or where you are.”
Here a quick video to show you how to activate it.