How to Use Facebook Messenger's Secret Dark Mode

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The company previously teased the new dark mode when it first introduced the new, cleaner Messenger design previous year.

However, Facebook Messenger's dark mode is hidden.

Once you follow those steps, you'll see an animation of raining moons with the message "You've Found Dark Mode!".

Once you do that, you'll get a message indicating that you've unlocked the feature, and you can enable dark mode by tapping Turn On In Settings.

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To unlock dark mode in Messenger, you must first send a message to someone you know (or even yourself) that consists exclusively of a crescent-shaped moon emoji (the one that looks like this: ☽).

It seems Messenger's new dark mode was added in one of the app's most recent updates. It is important to note here that it can't be the moon emoji with the face, it should be the left-facing, crescent moon emoji. That alert includes a shortcut you can tap to head to your settings page, where the dark mode toggle will be front and center. Let me know in the comments if you like the new mode or not.

This will unlock the secret setting, and prompt you to turn it on. Facebook has been consistently working on improving user experience and battery life consumption of the Facebook Messenger App. It's unclear whether or not the main Facebook app will also gain dark mode at some point, but depending on the general reaction to the feature in Messenger, it might be coming soon as well.

Force quit the Messenger app and restart it, then try again.