How to get new Facebook

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Facebook’s new homepage in dark mode

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Facebook on Friday launched its brand new site. It’s starting to roll out now, so I’ll show you how to check it out.

The new design was first announced last year during Facebook’s annual conference, called F8, and introduces a new dark mode with lower brightness — it’s easier on your eyes at night and I think it looks cooler.

Facebook was starting to feel a bit cluttered. The new design has more space and bigger fonts in the columns on each side of the news feed. This makes it easier to find things like the pages you follow (such as stores you shop at, local restaurants, bands you like and more), groups you participate in (like your neighborhood or a fan club), and events (like birthdays, upcoming cocktail parties and the like).

Facebook said it’s also easier for people to create all of these things. 

However, one setting appears to be gone: The ability to arrange your News Feed posts in reverse-chronological order. Facebook has been de-emphasizing this capability, guiding users to rely on its algorithms for how posts are arranged, but in this revamp the option to organize by “Most Recent” is gone (or so deeply buried that we couldn’t find it). You can set which friends or pages you follow have their posts prioritized, though.

You may already have switched to the new design over the past few months, when Facebook began to ask some of its users to participate in the beta.

But, if you didn’t, here’s how to switch.

How to see the new Facebook

  • Tap the down arrow on the top-right of your screen.
  • Choose “switch to new Facebook.”

You may also see a pop up at the top of the screen that looks like this, which you can tap to switch to the new Facebook:

You may see this pop up, which also lets you switch.

Annie Palmer | CNBC

How to switch back to the old Facebook

You can also go back to the old design. It’s unclear how long this will be available, but Facebook’s site says you can go back “at any time.” To do that:

  • Tap the down arrow on the top-right of the screen.
  • Choose “Switch to Classic Facebook.”

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