03 April 2020
Facebook has finally started a wider rollout of its major web redesign it announced last year. It was under beta testing since then but has now been made available for a broader audience. The new design is still an optional feature which means it is up to the user whether to use it or stick with the classic design. However, it will become the default design for everyone by the end of the year.
The new Facebook is officially described as fresh, simpler, and cleaner compared to the previous one. It has a tabbed interface similar to what we see with smartphone apps. There are five main tabs: Home, Watch, Marketplace, Groups, and Gaming. All other elements of the social network have been moved either to the left sidebar or top right corner to offer a clutter-free user experience.
If interested, you can enable the new Facebook design by visiting Facebook.com and clicking on the small drop-down arrow in the upper right corner. It will give you a drop-down menu where you will find a new option See New Facebook. Clicking on this will reload the page with the new design. If you want to go back, simply follow the same procedure and click on the Switch to Classic Facebook option.
It is worth noting that the dark mode is available only with the new Facebook design. It is disabled by default and needs to be enabled manually by accessing the same drop-down menu we just talked about. If you do not see the dark mode toggle in the menu, do make sure that you are using the redesigned interface. Earlier this month, Facebook Messenger on iOS also received an update with a cleaner, simpler, and new interface.