Dark mode is all the rage these days. And why not? It’s relaxing for the eyes, saves battery on certain displays and just looks a lot nicer than the light mode we’ve been using for ages. More and more apps have started adopting dark mode, even Facebook’s own Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook, however, has decided to tease the launch of dark mode for its Lite app before the full app.
Dark Mode all the things!
For those unfamiliar, Facebook Lite is the company’s attempt at a Lite application that does most of the stuff its main counterpart does, but it saves power and most-importantly, data. Some mid-range and lower-end smartphones struggle to run the main Facebook app but the Lite version was a nice replacement as it ran on almost every smartphone.
No one was expecting the Lite app to get dark mode before the main app but, as spotted by WABetaInfo, some users started receiving the new version of the Facebook Lite app that adds a toggle in the Settings panel from where you can turn on dark mode.
The dark mode is enabled throughout the app and is nicely implemented. It’s a dark grey color as with other apps, and not a true black. AMOLED panels may not be able to take full advantage of this, but still, it should provide some power savings.
Even with the advantage of dark mode on the Lite app, most people will still be sticking to the main app as the Lite doesn’t offer the same experience. There are no animations, the UI is a bit basic, and it just doesn’t feel as good as the main app.
Moreover, the dark mode on the Lite app seems to be a server-side change – which basically means that not everyone will be lucky enough to try out the dark mode immediately.
You can override dark mode for the main and Lite app through the developer options on Android 10, but it’s not stable and the UI on both apps isn’t clean with the force dark mode option.