• Facebook's dark mode feature will soon make its way to all iPhone users
  • The new feature comes more than a year after it was introduced in iOS 13
  • Evidence that Facebook has been working on a dark mode‌ for its app first surfaced in April

Facebook is now publicly testing dark mode for its iOS app and is expected to release the feature to all users around the world soon.

Social media giant Facebook introduced dark mode for the iPhone in iOS 13 but didn’t let all users enjoy the new interface look for quite a while. Now, the company is publicly testing the feature globally and will release it to more users soon.

This update comes by way of reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who, in collaboration with Facebook, created a video to show how the feature looks – which is basically the same appearance dark mode has on Android devices and the website.

The video also included images showing Wong’s exchange with Facebook’s Alexandru Voica, who appeared to reach out to her to announce that the feature is rolling out for iOS devices.

Slow but steady progress

The short conversation between the two brings to mind how Facebook tested and rolled out dark mode to iOS users.

The feature was first spotted in April this year by WABetaInfo. The tech site, which focuses on features WhatsApp adds to beta builds, reported that Facebook was already working on the iOS version of dark mode alongside the one released for Android.

Facebook had already released dark mode for its website version months before the feature was spotted in Android and iOS. The company, however, was bent on porting the feature to the mobile versions.

The social media giant then tested dark mode on a small number of iOS users in June this year.

The company told Social Media Today that a small number of mobile app users around the world were given access to the feature. Those who had access to it can simply change the way the interface looks by tapping the menu icon then turning the feature on at the bottom.

Wong’s recent tweet simply means that Facebook has been steadily developing the feature for release, albeit at a slow pace. Users all over the world should expect to see the feature soon – as long as they update their Facebook app to the latest version.

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