Tip: How to enable Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has a dark mode: Here’s how to enable on iPhone, Android smartphones

As you may have heard that the Messenger's dark mode was made available to select users in certain countries earlier this year as part of the feature's beta testing phase.

Once you've done that, several moon emoji will rain down over your conversation screen, letting you know that the feature has been unlocked and can be toggled on or off within the app's settings menu.

If you think just any old moon emoji would work, however, you'd be wrong; it's the specific, faceless crescent moon seen in the images above (I feel like the dark moon might have been more appropriate but I'll get over it).

A few days ago, this didn't work for me and a couple of colleagues at Mashable, but now it is working on both iOS and Android, so the feature must be gradually rolling out to users.

By sending the crescent moon emoji in Messenger, iOS and Android users can now switch their chats to a black background.

This will unlock the secret setting, and prompt you to turn it on. While a large number of big-names have added dark modes, there are still plenty that need to jump on the bandwagon.

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. The feature would help users avoid certain targeted ads on the Facebook platform, but it never ... You'll also need to ensure you're running the latest version of Facebook Messenger.

This can be done for other types of content as well, not just text messages.

But it does let you erase any messages that may have typos, were sent to the wrong person or that you may regret after-the-fact.

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