The new design was introduced last year during Facebook’s developer conference and initially rolled out to iOS and Android applications. In March, it reached the web version as an opt-in feature.
September 2020, Facebook for the web will not give an option to switch back to the Classic user interface but it will make the new design its default user interface. Facebook will show its users a pop-up notification for updates before the major update. The advancement was first noted by Engadget who spotted the change on Facebook’s Help Center. Facebook had stated that its redesign would offer new dark mode, tabbed home screen, and a cleaner profile when it was made available to select users in March this year.
When the new design for Facebook was rolled out globally in May, Facebook users had an option to switch between New Facebook (the redesign) and Classic Facebook (the older version) from the Settings option. Starting September, Facebook plans to make the new design a default user interface for all web users. The updated Facebook user interface is already available to Android and iOS users.
“We have made improvements to Facebook and we are excited for everyone to experience the new look of Facebook. Before we make the classic Facebook unavailable in September, we hope that you will let us know how we can continue to make Facebook better for everyone,” said Facebook.
As of now, if web users are trying to switch to the Classic Facebook from New Facebook, Facebook is first asking for feedback. “The classic Facebook experience will no longer be available in September. Before the new Facebook becomes the default experience, we want to learn more about how we can improve. Facebook then asks its users if they are “switching back because of missing features?” Once users select YES, they get a list of features they miss and also get the option to add more other features to the list.
Facebook’s redesign for web users has a new dark mode that helps users reduce glare. The low brightness will be easier on the user eyes with contrast and vibrancy. The dark mode proves helpful to desktop users using Facebook in low light. Besides this, the layout has been tweaked, too, to get a better watching experience. Users of Facebook will have the option to switch to the dark mode only with the redesign.
More focus would be on the service’s Groups features, and emphasis would be upon Facebook’s Watch, Marketplace, and Gaming sections in its navigation bar as their tabs appear top on the right side in the new user interface.
Facebook had noted that the new redesign will bring with it features that will help its users find or navigate things easily. Be it groups, games, people, or pages, the redesign will help users discover things quickly. The pages will load faster and that the desktop experience will be close to using Facebook on smartphones.
The layout is cleaner with streamlined navigation through tabs and this will be on top of a home page. The Facebook site will be decluttered as the fonts are likely bigger with neater layouts. Facebook has also added a Preview option in the new user interface wherein users can see what a group or a page would look like before creating it.