For a while yesterday (May 26), some Facebook users could see the light. And they were none too pleased about it.
A significant number of users are taking to social media Wednesday to report that they no longer have access to the Dark Mode feature in Facebook (opens in new tab). That's the view that swaps in a dark background in lieu of a white interface, which some people find easier to read. Dark Mode can also consume less battery life.
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If you were on Twitter Wednesday evening, it didn't take you long to find users complaining that Dark Mode on Facebook is unavailable (opens in new tab). Most of the tweets noting that Dark Mode was gone (opens in new tab) began appearing at around 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Dark mode has vanished from the iOS Facebook app. My eyes… MY EYES!! pic.twitter.com/3HilleqEhLMay 24, 2021
Dark Mode hasn't disappeared from everyone's phone. We've checked among Tom's Guide staffers and everyone we've surveyed has been able to turn on Dark Mode on their iPhone or Android device.
"We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing certain features on Facebook's Android app," a Facebook spokesperson told Tom's Guide when we contacted them about the issue. "We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."
Shortly after midnight today (May 27), Facebook got back to us with the all-clear signal. "We have restored service for those who experienced a technical issue that caused some people to have trouble accessing certain features on Facebook’s Android app," the spokesperson said.
However, some iPhone users are still reporting that Dark Mode isn't working for them on iOS. If you're among them, here's how to fix the Facebook Dark Mode problem on iPhone.
This isn't the first time in recent weeks that the problem has flared up. On May 5, some Android users reported a similar issue (opens in new tab) with Dark Mode in Facebook.
You can activate Facebook's Dark Mode by going to the hamburger icon menu in the mobile app, selecting Settings & Privacy and heading to Dark Mode.
In the meantime, if you're still having a problem with Dark Mode on Facebook, let us know on the comments.