Facebook’s iconic blue interface will disappear in September

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The “classic” experience of Facebook, including the iconic blue navigation bar at the top will change from September.

Reports suggest that a Facebook support page has been updated telling everyone that they will get the new interface soon.

For now, users can switch back to the old interface on Facebook site temporarily, but the button warns that “the classic Facebook will no longer be available from September on wards.”

The update in the interface was announced at last year’s Facebook developer conference, and was initially rolled out on the iOS and Android apps of the service. It got a widespread release as an opt-in option on the desktop in March, leaving people free to continue to use the old version if they wish.

But the old design will disappear for good from September.

The new interface from Facebook brings significant changes compared to its current version used. It’s much cleaner, contains a lot of white space and for people who are browse dark environments, there’s even a dark mode.

It also puts a greater emphasis on the Groups feature of the app. Links to Facebook’s Watch, Marketplace and Gaming divisions finds a place on the top navigation bar.

Checkout the new interface

Most of us won’t be able to see the changed interface automatically, if you open it now. To see the new user interface:

  1. Launch the browser and navigate to your Facebook profile.
  2. Click on the small down arrow at the far right of the notification bar on the top.
  3. Choose “Switch to New Facebook.”
  4. The website will reload with a new user interface and will welcome you with a message.
  5. You’ll also be asked to choose between the Light or Dark mode.
  6. Once you select one of the modes, you can go ahead and use the new Facebook interface.
  7. If you want to go back to the classic Facebook interface, you can select them from the settings (until September).