“Facebook started rolling out the revamp to its web version around a month ago, and it seems like the new version is now being offered to select users in India”
Facebook is now rolling out its redesigned desktop layout, along with the much-requested ‘dark mode’, to users in India. Although this redesign from Facebook started being pushed out last month itself to certain users, it seems like the social media network is now rolling out this format to select users in India as well. As we have already got our hands on the redesign, let us give you a quick glimpse of how things look post the redesign. Once you get the notification for the update, the website asks you if you would like to stick to the classic ‘Light’ theme or switch to the ‘Dark’ aesthetics. We chose to go with the latter, as would likely be the case with most of you.
The first thing that you will notice about the redesign is that the layout now looks a bit similar to that of Twitter. With the overhaul, you get shortcuts to your pages on the left side, along with options like Groups, Marketplace, and Videos. Interestingly, you get these same options, as well as gaming, as tabs on the top of the screen as well.
On the top right side, you get the option to create pages, ads, groups, events, etc. On the right, you will get other options like notifications, Messenger, and, a drop-down menu that will take you to News Feed Preferences, Settings and Privacy, option to toggle between Light and Dark modes, and even ‘Switch to Classic Facebook’.
If you are wondering where the search bar has gone missing, it is placed on the top-left side of the screen. You will still be reminded of your contacts’ birthdays and chat options on the right side of the screen though.
The font size on the options looks really large compared to earlier, which makes it easier to read text on the website. The Settings menu, unfortunately, still looks the same complicated mess that it was earlier. However, you can say that the dark mode makes it a little more bearable than before.
Facebook dark mode on Android
Notably, Facebook offered some users to test ‘dark mode’ on its Android app just last month. Unlike the complete redesign on the desktop version, the app seemingly offered to test just a dark mode option to the users. Here’s a look at the dark mode on the Facebook app:
How to enable Facebook dark mode
If you haven’t gotten a taste of the official Facebook dark mode, you can still use the website in dark mode on the Chrome browser on desktop. Just follow the below steps:
- Log into Facebook.com on the desktop Google Chrome browser
- Then open a new tab on the browser and paste the following text – chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark
- Once you hit the enter button, you will the Experiments option in Chrome. Here, the first option is to force dark mode on desktop
- The dark mode option is disabled by default, so you will need to switch that to Enabled
- After switching to Enabled, Chrome will ask you to relaunch the browser. Do that
- When you relaunch the browser, you will get the entire Google Chrome experience in dark mode, including Facebook
It should be noted that the dark mode colour schemes and tones on Chrome will be different from the ones on the official Facebook dark mode. However, it should tide you over till you get the official dark mode from Facebook.