Facebook Messenger has many benefits, but one of its biggest downsides is the bright white screen that can't help but hurt people's eyes when used in dim light. Fortunately, on March 4th, Messenger released a tweet which hinted at a special easter egg, hidden within the app, that activates a secret "dark mode."
Can you find Messenger's new dark mode? Hint: it comes out under a crescent moon 🌙. https://t.co/FZxKAyA5ox— Messenger (@Messenger)1551708198.0
To activate the secret "dark mode," users must send the crescent moon emoji to someone (or themselves).
An animation will then be activated and users will be given the option to activate dark mode in the app's settings.
Dark Mode for Facebook Messenger didn’t work for me a few days ago, but now it works in both iOS and Android. https://t.co/CZA9CzsgGh— Stan Schroeder (@Stan Schroeder)1551704210.0
Ok it's been a LONG while since I got myself excited about anything FB related but I do very occasionally use messe… https://t.co/2hboe40AMy— Melanie Clark (@Melanie Clark)1551647975.0
Whoa, the new version of Messenger has a hidden dark mode theme. Send the moon emoji 🌙 to anyone (or yourself) then… https://t.co/4AfaxChYND— Mike Rundle (@Mike Rundle)1551557412.0
Users were incredibly excited about Messenger's new feature:
@messenger Yeah dark mode, so happy.— Idris Hareem (@Idris Hareem)1551734022.0
@messenger @JosephHolguin It worked! Yay! 🌚🌝— Dan of Two Wheels 🚲🚌🛴 (@Dan of Two Wheels 🚲🚌🛴)1551747204.0
@JosephHolguin @messenger https://t.co/xS1DL6sg4L— Dan of Two Wheels 🚲🚌🛴 (@Dan of Two Wheels 🚲🚌🛴)1551747356.0
Other users had problems activating the feature...
@messenger I did not find it in my messenger— M0ises (@M0ises)1551708424.0
@messenger @GK3 The @ name selector feature is broken, in light mode its background is black and in dark it’s white… https://t.co/0jYK0ZzGQb— ~ MockEric 🐈 (@~ MockEric 🐈)1551715057.0
@messenger How? I can't find it— Hwee Teng Lee (@Hwee Teng Lee)1551780846.0
After a software update, however, many more users have been able to get the easter egg to work.
@BlessRNGee I hope I'm not the only one like this https://t.co/jKR4PXkV2C— Renzofrenzo (@Renzofrenzo)1551582702.0
Some Twitter users wonder why such a useful feature was being hidden from its users in the first place?
@BlessRNGee I'm confused. Do they not have a setting in the app for that? Why hide that functionality?— Victor Stuber (@Victor Stuber)1551586848.0
But, now that they know how to turn it on, people were excited nonetheless!
@BlessRNGee @torgiepie https://t.co/4f9g294w9d— John Davis (@John Davis)1551622863.0
@BlessRNGee You're amazing!— Rowey (@Rowey)1551602511.0
@BlessRNGee Life saver!— Pezzadamezza (@Pezzadamezza)1551583293.0
Many people's eyes will be spared by the newly-found dark screen.
@BlessRNGee SAVED MY LIFE JUST NOW THX 💜— Bethany Hulse ✨ Lashes (@Bethany Hulse ✨ Lashes)1551616190.0
@BlessRNGee Holy shit it totally worked. BLESS YOUUUU— Noelle Del Ray (@Noelle Del Ray)1551630502.0
Remember, just send the banana to yourself to make it work!
@BlessRNGee thought that was a banana and was thoroughly confused— Wunder (@Wunder)1551582358.0