Facebook gets a new (darker) lick of paint

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Facebook has started rolling out a redesign to its website and that redesign includes an optional dark mode.

Of course, dark mode is not the only new feature coming to the Facebook redesign, although we’d be lying if we said that particular feature wasn’t important to us.

The new desktop design sports a far cleaner look and appears to use up more of the screen real-estate available to it.

Rather than having to search for things such as Facebook Watch, Facebook Market Place and Groups, you will find these options right at the top of the home screen, following images seen on TechCrunch.

Other changes include larger fonts, your profile picture now being in the centre of the page rather than off to the left and a layout that is generally kinder on the eyes.

The changes aren’t live for everybody as we’re still stuck using “old” Facebook.

In truth this redesign has been almost a year in the making.

“We’re rolling out FB5, a fresh new design for Facebook that’s simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center. Overall, we’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for and get to your most-used features,” Facebook said at its F8 conference in 2019.

That rollout seemingly took longer than a few months but better late than never right?

You can check whether the redesign is active for you by clicking the drop-down menu on the top-right of the home screen, heading to Settings and selecting “See New Facebook”. For those that prefer the older/current design, you can select “Switch to Classic Facebook”.

The option to switch between dark mode and light mode will be found in the drop down menu, which will still be located at the top-right of the home screen.

Facebook is on something of a dark mode bender at the moment having recently launched a dark mode for WhatsApp recently and one for Instagram a while back.

The only app from the Facebook stable still lacking a dark mode is Facebook’s mobile app.

For now we wait for the redesign to hit our profiles.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.