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Facebook Messenger reportedly tests dark mode in some regions

An incomplete Android version is available for some people.

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You could have the option to make Facebook Messenger a little darker soon.

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Facebook Messenger is one of the first apps many of us check each day, but the standard blue, white and gray can be pretty harsh on these dark winter mornings.

We might soon see a solution to that, since the messaging app is testing an incomplete version of dark mode in some countries, Android Police reports.

On Wednesday, Facebook acknowledged that it's testing dark mode, but declined to offer specifics.

"We're conducting a small test of dark mode in a handful of markets," a Facebook Messenger spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "We don't have anything further to share at this time."

Facebook teased dark mode in October 2018, when it revealed Messenger's simplified makeover.

Tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted Monday that the setting is available on the Android version of the social network's messenger in some countries, but only for a small group of users. Not every aspect of the app is converted, so it might switch back to the standard colors unexpectedly as you use it.

"Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries," she wrote. "They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn't everywhere yet so don't complain when some UI burns your eyes off."

She couldn't confirm which countries the test was happening in, but noted that the dark mode setting appears in the "Me" section of the app.

Wong actually managed to activate dark mode in October, and tweeted a screenshot revealing the aesthetic at the time.

First published at 3:21 a.m. PT.
Updated at 7:32 a.m. PT: Added Facebook's response.

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