- Facebook will make its new design the default UI from September.
- Earlier, users had the choice to switch between New Facebook and Classic Facebook.
- The new UI will be neater, minimalistic and will have faster loading speed,
Starting September, Facebook for web will not give an option to switch back to Classic user interface (UI) but it will make the new design its default UI. Facebook will show its users a pop-up notification for update before the major update. The development was first noted by Engadget who spotted the change on Facebook's Help Center. Facebook had stated that its redesign would offer dark mode, tabbed home screen and a cleaner profile when it was made available to select users in March.
When the new design for Facebook was rolled out globally in May, 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 UI for all web users. The updated Facebook UI is already available to Android and iOS users.
"We've made improvements to the new Facebook.com and we're excited for everyone to experience the new look. Before we make the classic Facebook unavailable in September, we hope that you'll let us know how we can continue to make Facebook better for everyone," Facebook in its update said.
As of now, if web users are trying to switch to the Classic Facebook from the New Facebook, Facebook is first asking for a feedback. "The classic Facebook experience will no longer be available starting in September. Before the new Facebook.com 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 features to the list.
Facebook's redesign for web users has a dark mode that helps users reduce the glare. The low brightness will be easier on the eyes with contrast and vibrancy. The dark mode proves advantageous to desktop users using Facebook in low light. In addition to this, the layout has been tweaked, too, to get better watching experience. Facebook users will have the option to switch to the dark mode only with the redesign.
More focus would be laid upon the service's Groups features, and emphasis would be upon Facebook's Watch, Marketplace, and Gaming sections in its top navigation bar as their buttons appear right on top in the new UI.
Facebook had noted that the new redesign will bring with it features that will help its users find or navigate things conveniently. Be it groups, games, people or pages, the redesign will help users discover things faster. The pages will load faster and that the desktop experience will be close to using facebook on mobile.
The layout is cleaner with streamlined navigation through tabs and this will be on top of a home screen. The site will be decluttered as the fonts are likely bigger with neater layouts. Facebook has also added a Preview option in the new UI wherein users can see what a group or a page would look like before actually creating it.