Messenger dark mood leaked on Reddit few days back, but earlier today the social media company has formally announced that it will be available for iOS and Android users only for now.
Those who want to use it can do so by sending the crescent moon emoji in an existing chat thread or new message, the, follow the brief instruction that follows. This is a smart tactics by Facebook to get its users to keep chatting actively, instead of simply activating the mode via settings, which may take sometime. The need for Facebook to brace-up its game becaomes more necessary now that it’s facing increased competition from rivals like TikTok.
Messenger is also the first of Facebook’s social apps which span its eponymous social network, Instagram and WhatsApp to officially get a dark theme. “Messenger’s dark mode provides lower brightness while maintaining contrast and vibrancy,”
Facebook had written in its blog post. “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.” The company is promising to make the feature accessible via the settings tab in the nearest future.
The biggest social media platform first announced its Dark Mode feature in October 2018 as one of the 4 updates coming to Messenger, which Facebook said would be released in phases.
”The overhaul primarily focussed on decluttering the app by reducing the amount of tabs from nine to three, including the Chats tab for all your conversations, the People tab where you can see who’s online and the Discover tab for connecting you with businesses. Last month, Messenger also introduced the option to unsend messages during a 10-minute window.”