New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on May 05, 2021) follows:
Facebook recently introduced the dark mode theme in its application on iOS and Android after beta testing the feature for a while.
Not only does a dark mode help reduce eye strain, but it also helps reduce battery drain on devices with AMOLED screens.
While users have been able to use the feature without any hiccups all this while, it now appears that many Facebook users with the Android app are reporting that the dark mode option has been removed or disappeared.
I had an update two days ago, today dark mode was totally gone. Can’t find it in settings any more, and now my eyes are bleeding. (Source)
Where did my Facebook dark mode go? I opened the app and now I’m blind. (Source)
@Facebook removing dark mode from the android app is a personal attack, the f*** (Source)
Reports suggest that the dark mode option was removed after a recent update to the Facebook app. However, we aren’t able to pinpoint the exact version that potentially removed it.
Some disgruntled users have even taken to the Google Play Store to spread the word about the removal of the dark mode from the Facebook app for Android.
Facebook is yet to share any details regarding the sudden removal of dark mode from its Android app.
That said, there are a few workarounds that you may try in order to get the dark mode up and running in the app again.
Workarounds to enable dark mode in Facebook on Android
The workarounds include some troubleshooting steps as well. Hence, you should first try out the quick troubleshooting steps to see whether it fixes the issue or not.
Clear app data and cache: Go to Settings and tap on Apps (label may vary based on your OEM skin), then tap on Facebook and select Storage. Clear the cache and data and restart the app.
In case you still aren’t able to get dark mode on your Facebook app for Android, try out the other workarounds listed below.
Install an older version: To do this, you will need to download an older version of the Facebook app on which the dark mode still works. A Redditor has confirmed that they got it to work on version 3188.8.131.52.119 of the app.
You can download the APK file by heading here.
Force dark mode: You can also force dark mode in the Facebook app via the device’s developer settings. You can refer to the video shared below for the steps to do so.
Note: The video is in Hindi.
Well, these are the workarounds that you can try out to enable dark mode in the Facebook app for Android until the company fixes it.
As usual, we’ll post an update if and when there are any further developments.
Update 1 (May 06)
Going by another user-shared video, joining the beta is another workaround to get back the Dark mode which for some reason isn’t showing up after the latest update.
Update 2 (May 27)
Going by reports populating on the microblogging site, it looks like the latest update has taken away Dark mode from Facebook for a majority of users.
What’s good is that a Facebook spokesperson has indirectly acknowledged the issue saying:
We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing certain features on Facebook’s Android app
They further added:
We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
While the issue gets addressed, downgrading to the earlier version could be a way out for those affected.
That said, it also seems that the update has removed the Dark mode option from the iOS app too. However, Facebook is yet to confirm the same.
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