Facebook has been testing out a rounder, more modern-looking UI for some time now, and on September 1, 2020, the new look will roll out to every Facebook user. With this, the old Facebook design will finally retire.
Here’s what the new UI will look like.
As you all probably can tell, there’s now a focus on embracing a modern UI, complete with round edges, a cleaner layout, and—obviously—Dark Mode. It all boils down to personal preference, and I kind of dig this new look.
Facebook’s New Design: The good and the bad
The whole look feels more streamlined to me. Everything you need is available within the upper-fold: your shortcuts, the timeline, notifications, and your contacts. It feels faster-loading too, though during its testing phase I’ve encountered some bugs.
I’m not a big fan of relegating search. In previous iterations, Search has been front-and-center. And not only that, fully-featured too! Remember SmartSearch?
Overall, I’m good with the visual refresh.
Notable features of the New Facebook Design
Facebook adds some useful features to the experience. Here are just some of my favorites.
A brand-new Groups tab, which shows you a personalized feed of updates from Groups that you’ve joined.
An obvious highlight of Stories and Rooms. Stories are short clips that expire in 24 hours, just like Snapchat. Rooms are essentially video chat with your Facebook contacts.
Events, Marketplace, Pages, and other Facebook services are easier to access.
The “Update Status” box has more granular features now, including GIFs, Feeling/Activity, Check-ins, Watch Parties, and more.
Check out a video walkthrough of Facebook’s new design below.
Facebook’s new look rolls out on September 1, 2020. You can access it at press time by going to your Settings menu, and clicking ‘See New Facebook’.