Welcome to the DARK side! Facebook rolls out desktop redesign for all users that includes Dark Mode
- Facebook rolled out an updated version of the desktop site to a select few in January
- Now the company is making the redesign available to all of its users
- Update includes Dark Mode to improve screen viewing
- It also allows users to view groups, events and pages before uploading them
Facebook has gone to the dark side.
The social media giant has rolled out its desktop redesign for all of its users which includes the Dark Mode feature.
The new addition aims to minimize screen glare in low-light environments, while improving video viewing on Watch – the company’s video-on-demand service.
The new design has more space and large fonts in the columns that line each side of the newsfeed, making it easier to find pages, groups, and events.
The updated version was launched earlier this year for a small group of Facebook users codenamed “FB5”, but is now available to more than 2 billion users.
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Facebook unveiled the redesign of its desktop for all its users which includes the Dark Mode function
To convert to the new site, tap the down arrow at the top right of your screen and choose ‘switch to a new Facebook.’
The redesign was originally announced last April at Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, where the company explained some of the changes it would make.
Mark Zuckerberg promised that the new layout would be fresher and more modern, downplaying the famous blue frame that was once an important part of the site.
“It’s not just about building functionality, we need to change a lot of the ways we run this business today,” he said last year.
New design has more space and large fonts in the columns that line each side of the newsfeed, making it easier to find pages, groups, and events
To unlock the dark mode functionality, users toggle the option to the upper right side of the desktop site.
In addition to improving the visual experience, the redesign also makes it easier for users to create events, pages and groups, as well as launch announcements on the platform.
Users can now preview a new group before uploading it and see what it looks like on the mobile app before creating it.
The firm has also added new, simplified navigation that makes it easier for users to find videos, games, and groups than before.
And the home page and page transitions would also load faster now – similar to the mobile experience, Facebook said.
To convert to the new site, press the down arrow at the top right of your screen and choose “switch to a new Facebook”
“The new Facebook.com is simpler and easier to use, with the features you know and love,” Facebook said in the announcement.
“ We will continue to improve the experience – go to the Settings menu and click on Give feedback to share your feedback.
The social media giant has deployed dark mode on both Messenger and Whatsapp in the past, but noted that it may have dropped the desktop version of Facebook.
“We have grown since the launch of Facebook .com 16 years ago,” the company wrote.
“We have created new features, optimized for new devices and operating systems, and extended to hundreds of languages.
“Recently, we focused on the Facebook mobile experience and realized that our office site was behind schedule. People need it to follow.