Back at F8 2019, Facebook promised a redesign for its mobile apps and website. The Android app started receiving the new interface almost immediately, but the change was only promised on the web in "the next few months." Now, it's starting to roll out and along with it comes a new dark mode option.

For the past few days, many users have reported that they got prompted by Facebook to try out the new interface. After accepting, they get asked if they'd like to use the white or dark layout. The choice is also available under the quick settings accessible from the top right avatar.

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Of course, the new design isn't universally liked, and it even has issues with text readability in a few dark mode screens. But that's the price of any early release.

If you don't get prompted by Facebook's website to try the new look, there doesn't seem to be any workaround to force-trigger it just yet.

Rolling out to more users

The new Facebook web UI with the dark theme seems to be rolling out widely. Thanks, Anurag Dalmia!

Facebook announcement

Based on the reports we received, it was clear that Facebook's new look was already being widely deployed, but today the company has put the final pin in this story by formally announcing the UI overhaul.

In a news post, Facebook discusses its planning and research efforts that went in to designing the new interface. Not everyone's been a fan of these changes, but at least we can hear Facebook out on why it thinks this new look is superior.