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Here’s how to enable “Dark Mode” on Facebook Messenger

*Enabling emo mode*

March 3, 2019
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If you’ve been on Facebook lately you might have noticed a few people talking about the new “Dark Mode” on Facebook Messenger. While rumor of the long-awaited Dark Mode has been circulating for a while now, it seems that Facebook may finally be testing the new feature.

However, Dark Mode is not listed as a default setting in Messenger, meaning if you want a Messenger as dark as your little emo heart then you’re going to have to activate it using this hidden method.

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Reddit user FusionxGamerz spotted the hidden method of enabling what I like to refer to as “Emo Mode”, sharing it with users on the forum.

Luckily, it’s a pretty easy method of activating the aesthetically-pleasing mode. Unfortunately, it seems that (in typical Facebook testing fashion) not everyone will be able to enable this feature as it’s currently being testing.

But there’s no way of knowing unless you try, right?

I attempted the following steps from my iPhone, confirming that the steps do indeed work – if Facebook has activated the feature for your account.

Here’s how to enable Emo Mode:

1. Open up Messenger and send a moon emoji

IMPORTANT: it CANNOT be the moon emoji with the face – it must be the left-facing, crescent moon emoji. Send it to a friend, yourself, or even one of those annoying Facebook bots. I sent it to myself and it worked like a charm.

Facebook Dark Mode

[Photo via Facebook]

2. “You found Dark Mode!”

Some say you’ll need to tap the moon emoji in order to enable access to Dark Mode, but mine automatically popped up after I sent the emoji. Either way, after being showered with a bunch of animated moons, you should receive a “You found Dark Mode!” message at the top of your screen with the option to “Try It in settings”.

Facebook Messenger Dark Mode

[Photo via Facebook]

3. Enable Dark Mode

Tap “Try It in settings” and it should bring you to your Messenger profile. Just under your name you should see the option to turn on Dark Mode.

Facebook Dark Mode

[Photo via Facebook]

Toggle the switch then BAM! instant Dark Mode!

*Note: some users have had to exit then re-enter Messenger in order for Dark Mode to kick on.

Dark Mode FB Messenger

[Photo via Facebook]

Keep in mind that if this method does NOT work, Facebook may have not rolled out the feature to your account yet.

If it did work – congrats! We hope you enjoy your new emo mode!

Have you found any other methods for enabling Dark Mode? Do you prefer this version over the original Messenger? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.